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The Healer (1935)

A young doctor running a health farm for polio victims is dazzled by a pretty and wealthy society girl, to the detriment of his patients and the woman who really loves him.


Reginald Barker


John F. Goodrich (adaptation), Robert Herrick (novel) | 3 more credits »




Cast overview:
Ralph Bellamy ... Dr. Holden
Karen Morley ... Evelyn Allen
Mickey Rooney ... Jimmy
Judith Allen ... Joan Bradshaw
Robert McWade ... Mr. Bradshaw (Joan's father)
Bruce Warren Bruce Warren ... Dr. Thornton
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Applejack
Vessie Farrell Vessie Farrell ... Martha


A young doctor running a health farm for polio victims is dazzled by a pretty and wealthy society girl, to the detriment of his patients and the woman who really loves him.

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When MICKEY Grins, The World Laughs With Him...When MICKEY sobs, His Audience Cry Aloud! (reissue poster) See more »









Release Date:

15 June 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Little Pal See more »

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Monogram Pictures See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Retitled 'Little Pal', this film's earliest documented telecasts took place in Los Angeles Sunday 4 December 1949 on KFI (Channel 9), in Chicago Sunday 4 June 1950 on WBKB (Channel 4) and in New York City Tuesday 15 August 1950 on WATV (Channel 13). See more »

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Apparently, rich people suck.
21 January 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I think the only way to see this film is to watch the DVD from Alpha Video. Unfortunately, the print is rather blurry and there is a slight hiss to it as well.

The setting is something very unfamiliar to folks today--a sanitarium for Polio victims. Thank God that doctors found vaccines to battle this horrible disease, as today it's been pretty much eliminated in the developed world. It's hard to imagine thousands and thousands of paralyzed people--unable to walk and in severe cases, unable to breath without an iron lung.

Dr. Holden (Ralph Bellamy) is the nice guy who runs the sanitarium. He is very selfless and a decent all-around guy. One day, a spoiled rich lady (Ms. Bradshaw) is badly hurt and the operation Dr. Holden performs saves her life. Soon, she falls for him and vows to build him a huge and beautiful new clinic for her society friends. However, soon Holden becomes frustrated with a bunch of rich hypochondriacs and the like and decides to return to his sanitarium in the mountains. But this is jeopardized when a wildfire breaks out. Can the doctor manage to save the day. And what about the cute crippled kid, Jimmy? What will he do when he's trapped with one of the nurses and the fire is sure to engulf them! For all these questions and many more, try watching this old fashioned melodrama.

While this films is a bit formulaic and has a few clichés, it does manage to be entertaining. Don't expect a great film but a decent B-movie that manages to pack a lot into just a bit more than one hour. And by the way, when Mickey Rooney made this film, he was 14 years-old and had already made more than 90 film appearances!! That's just nuts!

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