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Release Date:
29 September 1949 (USA) See more »
Dr. Michael Corday, a recent graduate of the Harvard Medical School, is the son of Dr. John Corday,... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Glenn Ford ... Dr. Michael Corday

Charles Coburn ... Dr. John Corday

Gloria DeHaven ... Fabienne Corday

Janet Leigh ... Evelyn 'Taffy' Heldon

Bruce Bennett ... Dr. Alfred Norton
Warner Anderson ... Dr. George Esmond
Basil Ruysdael ... Dr. Francis I. Garard

Nancy Reagan ... Mariette Esmond (as Nancy Davis)

Arthur Franz ... Dr. Harvey L. Kenmore
Lisa Golm ... Hetty
Joanne De Bergh ... Child's mother
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Mimi Aguglia ... Mother of Boy with Diphtheria (uncredited)
Fernando Alvarado ... Boy (uncredited)
Jessie Arnold ... Patient (uncredited)
David Bond ... Father (uncredited)
Gail Bonney ... Nurse (uncredited)
June Booth ... Nurse (uncredited)
Mildred Boyd ... Sexy Girl (uncredited)
Spencer Chan ... Man in Clinic (uncredited)
Angela Clarke ... Miss Rourke (uncredited)
Lucille Curtis ... Nurse (uncredited)
Kay Deslys ... Nurse (uncredited)
Tom Dillon ... Policeman (uncredited)
Bobby Dominguez ... Boy (uncredited)
Joe Dominguez ... Mexican Patient (uncredited)
Edward Emerson ... Assistant Resident (uncredited)

Alex Gerry ... Dr. Granville (uncredited)
Jody Gilbert ... Mrs. Vlacsek (uncredited)
Bernard Gorcey ... Patient with Newspaper (uncredited)
Marion Gray ... Society Matron (uncredited)
Toby Green ... Dying Patient (uncredited)
Ben Hall ... Patient (uncredited)

Alvin Hammer ... Patient (uncredited)

Clark Howat ... Shelby, Intern (uncredited)
Hazel Keener ... Nurse (uncredited)
Kay Koury ... Tenant (uncredited)
Paul Kreibich ... Patient (uncredited)
James Lombardo ... Tony Crisanti (uncredited)
Esther Michelson ... Patient (uncredited)

Frank Mills ... Bowery Bum at Bellevue (uncredited)
Carlotta Monti ... Mexican Patient (uncredited)
Virginia Mullen ... Supervisor (uncredited)
Ottola Nesmith ... Martha, Receptionist (uncredited)
Garry Owen ... Patient (uncredited)
Sarah Padden ... Miss Newton (uncredited)
Steve Pendleton ... X-Ray Technician (uncredited)
Ford Raymond ... Patient (uncredited)
Edwin Rochelle ... Counterman (uncredited)
Peter Roman ... Boy (uncredited)
Edward Rose ... Simon Cohen (uncredited)
Bernard Sell ... Ambulance Driver (uncredited)
Mario Siletti ... Mr. Crisani, Tony's Father (uncredited)
Irving Smith ... Chauffeur (uncredited)
Larry Thompson ... Shelby (uncredited)

Kenneth Tobey ... Surgeon at Bellevue (uncredited)
Sid Tomack ... Mr. Cohen (uncredited)
Lisl Valetti ... Nurse (uncredited)
Renata Vanni ... Mrs. Crisani, Tony's Mother (uncredited)
William Vedder ... Mr. Rourke (uncredited)
Bess Wade ... Dying Patient (uncredited)
Harlan Warde ... Anesthetist (uncredited)

Ben Welden ... Patient (uncredited)
Cecil Weston ... Nurse (uncredited)

Frank Wilcox ... House Surgeon (uncredited)
Wilson Wood ... Intern (uncredited)

Directed by
Curtis Bernhardt 
Writing credits
Maxence Van der Meersch (story "Bodies and Souls") (as Maxence van der Meersch)

Theodore Reeves (screenplay)

Produced by
Pandro S. Berman .... producer
Original Music by
Rudolph G. Kopp (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Robert H. Planck 
Film Editing by
Ferris Webster 
Art Direction by
E. Preston Ames  (as Preston Ames)
Cedric Gibbons 
Set Decoration by
Arthur Krams 
Edwin B. Willis 
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... makeup artist
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
Production Management
Al Shenberg .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alfred Raboch .... assistant director (as Al Raboch)
Sound Department
Ralph A. Pender .... sound (as Ralph Pender)
Douglas Shearer .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Otto Dyar .... still photographer (uncredited)
Tom Long .... grip (uncredited)
Harkness Smith .... camera operator (uncredited)
Music Department
Rudolph G. Kopp .... musical director
Sidney Cutner .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Lennie Hayton .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Miklós Rózsa .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Edward Ward .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Eylla Jacobs .... script supervisor (as Eylla Jacobus)

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

Also Known As:
98 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #13957)

Did You Know?

[Michael grabs Taffy, kisses her passionately and then they embrace]
Evelyn 'Taffy' Heldon:Remember, it's only platonic... I looked it up.
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References Down to the Sea in Ships (1949)See more »


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Before "soaps," there were a few very good MD movies, 2 June 2013
Author: SimonJack from United States

Very few films were made before the 1970s with doctors and medicine as the main subjects. Hollywood had made the jump to sound movies in 1929, but the medical profession wasn't much in the public's eye – at least not in the realm of entertainment. Two films in the 1930s were mainly about doctors and medicine – "One Man's Journey," in 1933, and "Magnificent Obsession," in 1935. Both films had major stars of the time and were successes, but their plots were very serious. Film historians have said that Hollywood thought the public was too wary of somber subjects. People living through the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl and World War II needed more light-hearted entertainment. Having fun helped take their minds off their troubles for a while. So, comedy, romance, mystery and musicals best fit the bill for the film industry at the time. But, with the end of WW II, movie interests began to expand.

One of the very first films focused on doctors and medicine was this 1949 MGM movie, "The Doctor and the Girl." It may have piqued the interest in other quarters for more such stories. A British film, "White Corridors," came out in 1951, and in 1954, a remake of "Magnificent Obsession" scored another box office hit. Interest in medical heroes and plots continued to grow. A 1961 movie, "The Young Doctors," had a huge cast. That same year, the first popular daytime TV medical drama (aka, soap opera) aired. "Dr. Kildare" ran through 1966. In 1962, "General Hospital" premiered. In 2013, the Guinness Book of World Records lists it as the longest-running American soap, and it's still going strong. Only two other TV series have gone longer, but both are now off the air. By the 1970s, the medical field began to emerge as a major sub-genre for films and TV programs. Shows ranged from drama to comedy, romance to crime and mystery, war to sci-fi, and even horror scripts.

With new TV programs and films about doctors and medicine today, the very earliest movies still stand out for their excellent stories and performances by top casts. "The Doctor and the Girl" is such a film. The plot may seem to be so familiar today, but it wasn't at the time. Indeed, it was a leader in showing conflict between "high brow" medicine and that practiced for common folks. The performances by the stars are outstanding – Glenn Ford, Janet Leigh, Charles Coburn, Gloria De Haven, Bruce Bennett, and Basil Ruysdael. This is a movie worthy of any film library.

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