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Dr. Monica (1934)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 23 June 1934 (USA)
Dr. Monica Brayden, a successful physician, is the central character in this story. Unbeknownst to her, her successful journalist husband has had an affair with one of her acquaintances, ... See full summary »

Directors:

William Keighley, William Dieterle (uncredited)

Writers:

Charles Kenyon (adaptation), Laura Walker (english adaptation) (as Laura Walker Mayer) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kay Francis ... Dr. Monica
Warren William ... John
Jean Muir ... Mary
Verree Teasdale ... Anna
Emma Dunn ... Mrs. Monahan
Phillip Reed ... 'Bunny' Burton
Herbert Bunston ... Mr. Pettinghill
Ann Shoemaker ... Mrs. Hazlitt
Virginia Hammond ... Mrs. Chandor
Hale Hamilton ... Dr. Brent
Virginia Pine ... Louise
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Storyline

Dr. Monica Brayden, a successful physician, is the central character in this story. Unbeknownst to her, her successful journalist husband has had an affair with one of her acquaintances, Mary Hathaway. John then embarks on an extended trip to Europe, leaving Mary pregnant. Mary is torn between her friendship for Monica and the baby she carries. Just before the baby is to be delivered, Monica finds out who the father in fact is. John has broken all ties with Mary, but Monica, who still hasn't told John about her friend's pregnancy, is prepared to leave her husband for good. Mary, who is distraught yet grateful to Monica for caring for her and her baby, is the only one who can keep the couple together. Written by bughouse

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 June 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Affairs of Monica See more »

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Budget:

$167,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

| (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

One of four films Kay Francis made at Warners in 1934 when she was their #1 box office star. See more »

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When John is leaving for Europe, in the wide shots of the ship leaving the dock, two different ships are shown, although they have a similar paint scheme. See more »

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Featured in Complicated Women (2003) See more »

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Love Locked Out
(1933) (uncredited)
Music by Ray Noble
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A very unsatisfying Pre-Code melodrama.
18 March 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Dr. Monica (Kay Francis) is a successful Obstetrician and is really, really wrapped up in her job--so much so that when her husband, John (Warren William), goes off to Europe on business for several months, Monica stays home. It's obvious that there are problems in this relationship but Monica doesn't know how deep they are, as John has been having an affair with Mary (Jean Muir)! When Mary ends up pregnant, Monica treats her friend wonderfully...not realizing that Mary is a back-stabbing tramp. But, when Monica finally learns the truth, Mary is in labor and Monica is forced to deliver the baby. However, although Monica is hurt and angry, she's also saint-like and eventually plans to let John go so that he can wed Mary. However, Mary and her friends realize that John really does love Monica and her plan cannot be allowed to occur. So what will they do instead? Yep, leave the baby with Monica, kill yourself so you won't be the one to break up the marriage AND have Monica NEVER tell John the baby is biologically his!!!

This was one of the last Pre-Code films released by Hollywood. It debuted in June, 1934 and the new, tougher code went into effect the following month. As a result, the film was soon pulled from circulation and not re-shown for some time due to its plot. Adultery was NOT to be allowed in films unless it was severely punished and Monica and John's 'modern' sense of morality was definitely NOT allowed Post-Code. For me, however, it's not the morality of the film that's a major issue but the utter ridiculous way that Monica behaves. She is just too understanding, too nice and too unreal. I would have loved to have seen her enraged or downright hostile...instead she's too good and sweet to be real. And, the ending, while satisfying in a Hollywood way, is also completely ridiculous. A real disappointment.


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