Former millionaire B.J. Nolan is useless with money, having lost most of his fortune on crazy schemes. His son, Kenneth, has the opposite problem thanks to good sense and a large ... See full summary »
John G. Blystone
When his life is saved in a shootout by a fellow gunman whose life he in turn had saved, Alex Longmire promises to give up his way of life. Riding into town he finds the only job available ... See full summary »
A man who was dominated by his wife for too long sees only one chance to liberate himself: Sending his tyrannic wife to sleep with a dose. While his wife is sleeping he uses his recovered ... See full summary »
José Luis López Vázquez,
María José Alfonso,
In the winter of 1868, Eben Frost goes to a Boston pawnshop and redeems a silver medal, inscribed to "Dr. W.T.G. Morton, the Benefactor of Mankind, with the Gratitude of Humanity." Frost drives to a country farmhouse and gives the medal to Morton's widow, Elizabeth Morton who explains to her daughter, Betty, that Frost was the first person given anesthesia by her father, Boston dentist Dr. W.T.G. Morton. The story flashes back 20 years to find Morton being wildly acclaimed by medical students as the man whose discovery of "letheon" had forever ended pain as, before that day, even amputations were performed with the patient fully conscious. "Letheron", unknown to everybody but Morton and Elizabeth, is simply highly rectified sulfuric ether - cleaning fluid - easily obtainable at a pharmacy. By keeping the secret, Dr. Morton could be rich, but he had rather be poor than see a girl strapped to an operating table under the knife of Dr. Warren, and he reveals his secret to a group of ... Written by
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Preston Sturges directed this real life account of Dr. Morton(played by Joel MacCrea) a Boston dentist who experiments with ether, in order to develop an anesthesia that would prevent needless patient pain and suffering. He meets a man named Eben Frost(played by William Demarest) who agrees to be a human guinea pig for Morton, and miraculously an effective ether is discovered, though the medical community is initially skeptical, it comes around when they see the successful results. Dr. Morton becomes famous, but refuses to patent it, because he doesn't feel it is right to profit on such a humanitarian discovery, which is met with astonishment by most everyone! Good acting and story, but too much emphasis on comedy is misplaced, and film is strangely unmemorable, despite the potential. An unfortunate misfire.
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