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The Country Doctor (1909)

Not Rated | | Short, Drama | 8 July 1909 (USA)
While caring for his sick daughter, a doctor is called away to the sickbed of a neighbor. He finds the neighbor gravely ill, and ignores his wife's pleas to come home and care for his own daughter, who has taken a turn for the worse.

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Uncredited cast:
Kate Bruce ... Poor Mother (uncredited)
... Poor Mother's Sick Daughter (uncredited)
... Edith Harcourt - Daughter (uncredited)
Rose King ... Maid (uncredited)
... Mrs.Harcourt (uncredited)
... Poor Mother's Elder Daughter (uncredited)
... Doctor Harcourt (uncredited)
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In the peaceful valley of Stillwater there is sunshine. All nature smiles as we make our way up the lane, lined on each side with blossoming trees and fragrant flowers, until we come upon Doctor Harcourt, one of God's noblemen, seated on the veranda of his house with his wife and little daughter Edith. All are carefree and happy as we stroll with them through the barley fields, lanes and daisy beds. It is indeed a beautiful sight, a trinity of souls, each living in the other's being. But the fates are jealous, and there are gathering clouds to shut out the radiance of their happy existence. Little Edith is taken very ill and the doctor is at first inclined to think his wife is unduly alarmed, but upon examining the child he realizes the illness to be serious indeed, so much so that it would probably be fatal for him to leave its side until the crisis is past. While so engaged a poor woman of the village hurries to his home to enlist his services for her little girl, who she fears is ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Il medico di campagna  »

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In the middle of the background for both indoor sets (the country doctor's home and the poor mother's shack), the American Biograph Company's logo is prominently incorporated into the "decoration." Apparently this is because at the time the film was made motion pictures were still not covered by copyright laws, but trademark logos were. By incorporating the trademark logo into every interior shot, the company had an easier time "copyrighting" the work. See more »

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Deadpan Bedside Manners
5 November 2007 | by See all my reviews

Frank Powell (as Dr. Harcourt), Florence Lawrence (as Mrs. Harcourt) and little Gladys Egan (as Edith Harcourt) are the perfect country family; however, tragedy strikes their idyllic world when little Gladys becomes gravely ill. Fortunately, wealthy Harcourt is also "The Country Doctor", and can sit by his daughter's bedside as she struggles to regain her health. Unfortunately, poor mother Kate Bruce and daughter Mary Pickford need Dr. Harcourt's services as Adele DeGarde, the girl in their family, is likewise bedridden. The good doctor is torn between his little girl and his responsibility as the town's doctor.

G.W. Bitzer's Greenwich, Connecticut location footage is generous, and this film's highlight; though, you'll wish it was better preserved. The story, dealing with a doctor's responsibility, is a good one. Both Mr. Powell and Ms. Lawrence go too far over-the-top in their portrayals this time around, however. Ms. Bruce and Ms. Pickford are more restrained, but little daughters Egan and DeGarde absolutely steal the show with their deadpan bedside manners, especially little Gladys!

**** The Country Doctor (7/8/09) D.W. Griffith ~ Frank Powell, Florence Lawrence, Gladys Egan, Mary Pickford


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