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Max and the Lady Doctor (1909)

Max et la doctoresse (original title)

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Max discovers that in the same apartment house with him lives a most charming woman doctor. To meet her he fakes a sickness and calls upon her for professional advice. She thumps him, puts ... See full summary »

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Lucy d'Orbel
Georges Gorby
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Max discovers that in the same apartment house with him lives a most charming woman doctor. To meet her he fakes a sickness and calls upon her for professional advice. She thumps him, puts her little ear down to his chest, diagnoses his case and prescribes for him. Max departs so full of happiness that he finds difficulty in walking as a sober man should. The days pass and, winning the lady's love, Max becomes married to her. On the wedding night just as they have reached the seclusion of their own room and Max has started to pour out his rapture into her willing ear, the servant hammers at their door. They find that the bride is called out upon a case, so in wedding gown and orange blossoms she leaves the despondent Max to await her return. The time passes and finally she returns, but only for a moment. The servant raps at the door again, and again she must go out to see a patient. The unhappy bridegroom protests in vain. He is sleeping uneasily in his chair when she finally comes ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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December 1914 (USA)  »

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Max and the Fair M.D.  »

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One Of The Best Comedians In The History Of The Cinema

In "Max Et La Doctoresse" (1909) Herr Max loves secretly a young and natürlich!!, attractive frau doktor but he doesn't know quite how to approach her so he pretends to be a patient in order to be treated by her. After undergoing the usual exhaustive medical exam typical of the movies (She takes his pulse and gently touches his stomach) Herr Max achieves his innermost desire and frau doktor and patient fall in love. This results however in a serious side effect: marriage.

However, on their wedding night and before any joyful consummation, Frau Linder receives an urgent call from one of her sick patients. She rushes off leaving her spouse feverish with desire. But even worse, the same situation occurs a second time just a little later. Herr Max soon discovers that his original clever plan to court the pretty doktor is being copied by others: potential rivals swamp the doktor's office on the pretext of needing a physical. A frenzied Max takes drastic action and hurls them all out.

This funny one-reel programme was screened at the Schloss theatre during the last soirée, a wonderful night in which it was made obvious why Herr Max Linder was one of the best comedians in the history of the cinema and truly an inspiration for Herr Charles Chaplin.

And now, if you'll allow me, I must temporarily take my leave because this German Count has an appointment with the aristocratic family physician.


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