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The Man Who Found Himself (1937)

Passed | | Drama | 2 April 1937 (USA)
A "high flying" surgeon learns a few valuable life lessons at the hands of a beautiful nurse.

Director:

Lew Landers

Writers:

J. Robert Bren (screenplay), Edmund L. Hartmann (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Beal ... Dr. James Stanton Jr.
Joan Fontaine ... Nurse Doris King
Phillip Huston Phillip Huston ... Richard 'Dick' Miller
Jane Walsh Jane Walsh ... Barbara Reed
George Irving ... Dr. James Stanton Sr.
Jimmy Conlin ... Nosey Watson
Frank M. Thomas ... Mr. Roberts
Diana Gibson ... Helen Richards
Dwight Frye ... Hysterical Patient
Billy Gilbert ... Fat Hobo
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Storyline

Young Jim Stanton is a conscientious surgeon, but spends too many off-duty hours pursuing his passion for aviation to suit his stuffy father. When it is discovered that a passenger killed in a plane that Jim crashes was a married woman, the resulting scandal prompts the hospital to put Jim on probation. His pride wounded, Jim takes to the open road and enjoys the simpler life of a vagabond. In Los Angeles--where he is arrested for vagrancy and put to work on a road crew--Jim runs into old pal Dick Miller, who gets him a job as a mechanic for Roberts Aviation. But maintaining his anonymity becomes more difficult, particularly when a pretty nurse, Doris King, decides to make Jim's redemption her personal crusade. Written by Chris Stone <jstone@bellatlantic.net>

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 April 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wings of Mercy See more »

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

First starring role for Joan Fontaine. RKO gave her special billing at the end of this film, calling her the "new RKO screen personality". See more »

Goofs

After Jones renews his pilot's license in his real name (Stanton), the airline should have become aware of his true identity since he'd have had to present his renewed license, identifying him as Stanton, to work as a pilot. See more »

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References King Kong (1933) See more »

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pre-war story of rising up after the fall
12 September 2017 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

This one starts out as a comedic, swashbuckling look at medical doctors. John Beal and Phillip Huston give each other the business, even when one is going under the knife. Beal is Dr. Stanton Junior, who flies around in his own airplane, and was running around with his friend's wife. Things happen pretty abruptly, in this RKO shortie, when things take a turn for the worse, and he decides to move and start over again. Billy Gilbert is in here as a tramp. He made a career out of sneezing and stuttering. Worked with the greats. In this story, Stanton tries to run away from his background and the scandal, but it all catches up with him. Again and again he tries to just work at his plain old day job, but he keeps getting put in situations that make the hero rise to the occasion. A young Joan Fontaine is Nurse Doris, who eggs him on, and forces the issue. Directed by Lew Landers.... story by Alice Curtis. It's predictable, but pretty good. This version does not seem to be related to the two prior versions from 1915 and 1925.


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