Doctors' Wives is a 1931 American Pre-Code romantic drama film made by Fox Film Corporation, directed by Frank Borzage. The film stars Warner Baxter and Joan Bennett. The screenplay was written by Maurine Dallas Watkins, based on a novel by Henry and Sylvia Lieferant.
It was a time when women were rarely doctors;they had to be content with being doctors 'wives .Borzage 's movie depicts the life of one of them,portrayed by a young Joan Benett,how she learns to share her dear husband with his patients (I love the last line ,even if by feminist standards ,it's completely obsolete today).
It is an uneven movie,out shadowed by so many masterpieces (" the river" "lucky star" " street angel" "young America" "a farewell to arms" " a man's castle" "no greater glory" etc etc ) nobody to this day wrote a comment on it.
The best scene ,IMHO,is at the beginning of the movie:Benett is holding the phone when the two doctors enter the room:we can see by their face her old man has died ;then we hear her mum,coming back from a party,laugh...As the part of the mother is very underwritten ,this scene does not really count .
Borzage's main subject is present though :some people are ready to sacrifice their own life so the others' will be better:so is Dr Kane,who "does not eat strawberries but like them" and spends his time doing research on cancer.This character , the most interesting of "Doctor's wives" ,will reappear,under another name,played by Leslie Howard this time in "Green light" (1937).
Should be reserved to Borzage's fans,but there are plenty of them...
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