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Society Doctor (1935)

Passed | | Drama | 25 January 1935 (USA)
A doctor is fired for breaking the rules and operating on a man with a case of appendicitis. This leads him to start thinking about setting up his own private practice for the "society" set.


George B. Seitz


Michael Fessier (screen play), Samuel Marx (screen play) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Chester Morris ... Dr. Morgan
Robert Taylor ... Dr. Ellis
Virginia Bruce ... Madge
Billie Burke ... Mrs. Crane
Raymond Walburn ... Dr. Waverly
Henry Kolker ... Dr. Harvey
Dorothy Peterson ... Mrs. Harrigan
William Henry ... Frank Snowden
Mary Jo Mathews Mary Jo Mathews ... Mary (as Mary Jo Matthews)
Robert McWade ... Harris Snowden
Donald Meek ... Moxley
Louise Henry ... Telephone Operator
Johnny Hines ... Hardy
Addison Richards ... Harrigan
Bobby Watson ... Albright


A doctor is fired for breaking the rules and operating on a man with a case of appendicitis. This leads him to start thinking about setting up his own private practice for the "society" set.

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Release Date:

25 January 1935 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Career Paths And Choices
14 April 2010 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

It would take another 30 years before we would see another doctor like Chester Morris plays in Society Doctor and that would be on the small screen instead of the big one. Vincent Edwards might have seen what Chester Morris did in this film as the talented, but tactless surgeon and Morris could well have been his model for Ben Casey.

Society Doctor is the story of a pair of doctors in a large hospital, one like Morris very dedicated to his profession and the other being the up and coming Robert Taylor who has the talent, but wants to enjoy life as well. Both are courting Virginia Bruce who looks ravishing in her nurse's uniform.

There are quite a few plot lines running through this story the main one involving Morris and his career choices. He's stepping on a lot of toes at the hospital, but he's managed to make a friend of society woman and hypochondriac Billie Burke who's willing to bankroll him in a private practice. She wants to make him a Society Doctor.

But a few medical crises at the hospital and the possible loss of Bruce to Taylor who were seeing each other in real life at this time kind of make Morris's choices clear.

Robert Taylor has an interesting scene in Society Doctor where he explains he's undergone a transformation of character and now wants to be a serious doctor, as serious as his pal Morris is. The scene was well done and I'm certain that Carl Laemmle over at Universal must have seen it and thought that the young man would have been perfect casting for the lead in Magnificent Obsession which is a film entirely based on such a transformation. In any event a lot of people noticed Robert Taylor after Society Doctor, of that I'm sure.

Society Doctor holds up very well and packs a lot into its short 63 minute running time. And it seems to have influenced a few people in their careers.

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