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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)




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


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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 Air-Tight (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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It's Hard to Take Your Eyes Off Mary
30 July 2006 | by aimless-46See all my reviews

When Mary Pickford reached her late twenties and got tired of playing cute little girls, blonde Mary Kornman replaced her as America's favorite little Mary. The difference was that Kornman was actually the correct age. She appeared in 41 "Our Gang" shorts (they were silents then), when she got too old for that role she was replaced by her sister Mildred. You needed a scorecard to keep track of those "Our Gang" kids.

Several years later she returned to the Hal Roach lot to team up with Mickey Daniels (another too old member of the Gang) and Grady Sutton for the "Boy Friends" series. "Doctor's Orders" is the first of the series, which in 1930 was still being played much like a silent picture. Most of the humor is visual which hurts Sutton the most because his voice and delivery were his biggest asset.

The short has David Sharpe and Mickey staging a car wreck so the supposedly injured Grady can convalesce in Mary's house, and cozy up to her cousin (played by Dorothy Granger). The girls are immediately wise to the deception but go along with it anyway. Leaving Mary's father (Edgar Kennedy) to get to the bottom of things. The longest running gag has David trying to impersonate both a doctor and a nurse with a lot of quick costume changes.

Kornman had progressed from super cute to beautiful and sexy by this time (she also looks great with John Wayne in "Desert Trail") and is the main reason to watch "Doctor's Orders". This style of comedy seems very strained today. It does provide an interesting look at southern California over 75 years ago, as it appears to have been shot on location in a local residential area. Note the super wide sidewalks in the neighborhood.

Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.

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Release Date:

13 September 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Boy Friends: Doctor's Orders See more »

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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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