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Dr. Michael Corday, a recent graduate of the Harvard Medical School, is the son of Dr. John Corday, an eminent New York City surgeon who has a tendency to continue to direct the lives of his grown children. The daughter, Fabienne, runs away from home and Michael, after first following his father's advice of being callous to the point of cruelty toward patients, changes when he falls in love with a patient, marries her and sets up his practice on the lower East Side in New York. The death of a family member brings most of the family together. A couple of stronger plot incidents than usual for a 1940s film---unwed-pregnancy and botched abortion among them. Written by
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Considering that Charles Coburn is a supporting actor in this film, it's not at all surprising that I watched "The Doctor and the Girl", as he's one of my favorite actors from Hollywood's golden age.
Glenn Ford plays a brilliant young doctor--and the son of a brilliant and well-respected older doctor (Coburn). Ford really looks up to his father and wishes to be just like him--including having a VERY dispassionate outlook towards his patients. At first, those around the doctor at the hospital didn't like him--he was too emotionally disconnected from his patients' pain. But, through the course of the film, he has lots of reason to second-guess this approach....as well as other aspects of this domineering man he'd so long idolized.
Overall, this is a decent little film. However, to me, the ending seemed pretty weak and difficult to believe. Still, it's a bit better than average and worth your time if you, too, are a Coburn-ite! Glenn Ford--overplayed his 'dispassionate' act
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