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Doctor's Orders (1930)

The boys stage phony accidents so the girls will have to nurse them back to health.


Arch Heath


H.M. Walker (dialogue)


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Cast overview:
David Sharpe ... Dave / Dr. Sharpe / Nurse
Gertrude Messinger ... Gertie
Mary Kornman ... Mary
Mickey Daniels ... Mickey
Dorothy Granger ... Dorothy, the Maid
Grady Sutton ... Alabam
Edgar Kennedy ... Mary's Father / Gertie's Uncle


Alabam is lovesick. He tells Mickey how he can't get close to the girl of his dreams; he's overheard by Dave, a smooth operator, who insists that Alabam leave everything to him. He contrives to have Alabam and Mickey wreck Alabam's car in the girl's front yard, then he arrives, posing as a doctor, asking the residents of the house if they'll let the injured boy come inside while the doctor examines him. Meanwhile, Mickey gets a look at the girl's cousin and feigns injury so that now both lads are in beds upstairs while Dave, the doctor, conjures foul-tasting treatments. The fly in the ointment is the girl's crusty uncle, who may stand between the lads and their true loves. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Short







Release Date:

13 September 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Boy Friends: Doctor's Orders See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs


| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


Mickey Daniels and Grady Sutton drive their car across the lawn in front of the girls' house and crash into a tree, leaving very prominent tire tracks on the lawn. Although this happened several minutes into the story, the tire tracks are clearly visible in the opening scenes - before the car was driven across the lawn. See more »

Crazy Credits

The cast and crew credits, as well as the film's title, are given orally by twin sisters. See more »


Followed by The Kick-Off! (1931) See more »


Smile When the Raindrops Fall
Written by Alice Keating Howlett and Will Livernash
Played during the introductory credits
Sung by David Sharpe, Grady Sutton and two others in the opening scene
Played when Alabam is contemplating suicide
Sung by Dorothy Granger, Mary Kornman and Gertrude Messinger at the end
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The First of the Series
24 January 2011 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Doctor's Orders (1930)

** (out of 4)

First entry in Hal Roach's "Boy Friends" series which was pretty much started up to give cast members of his Our Gang series a place to move onto as adults. In this one Mickey Daniels and Grady Sutton have crushes on Mary Kornman so they fake a car wreck so that a fake doctor (David Sharpe) can demand that they stay at the girl's house and get better. All goes as planned until the girl's uncle (Edgar Kennedy) catches on. The series certainly didn't get off to a good start as this film contains quite a bit of effort but all of it is wasted because the material is just poorly written and there's not a single laugh to be found. The last portion of the film is not only unfunny but it's also quite annoying as Sharpe must pretend to be not only a doctor but as well a nurse so he's constantly going in and out of various uniforms and trying to fool the uncle who he accidentally beat up earlier in the film. Both Daniels and Sutton remain in the bed for the majority of the picture so they add nothing but sound effects. Our Gang favorite Kornman certainly grew up to be a pretty young lady but she's not given much to do either.

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