When his colleague Dr. Endicott is late for an operation, Dr. Newell Paige decides to proceed with Mrs. Endicott's scheduled surgery. The surgery had already been postponed from the previous day and Paige is convinced the surgery needs to go forward without delay. Part way through the operation however, Endicott arrives and takes over only to make a serious error. When a hospital inquiry finds Dr. Paige responsible for Mrs. Dexter's death, he is forced to resign. By chance he meets Mrs. Dexter daughter, Phyllis, and while there is a mutual attraction, she rejects him when she learns his true identity. With little else to do, Paige decides to join his one time hospital colleague in Montana, Dr. John Stafford, who is continuing his tests into spotted fever. Paige is impatient however and decides to test a possible cure on himself.Written by
After his first two starring films, "Captain Blood" and "The Charge of the Light Brigade," Errol Flynn asked Warners to find him a non-swashbuckling role. "Green Light" was the result. However, he was back with sword in hand for his next, "The Prince and the Pauper." See more »
When Paige rides up on his horse, it is more than obvious that it's stuntman, not Flynn. He dismounts to the right of the horse, but the next action cut showing Flynn has him in front of the animal, not on its side. See more »
Taken in an historical context, the idea that Dr. Paige would take the blame for Dr. Endicott's failure was not "bizarre" at all, as other critiques assert. Self-sacrifice and the idea that suffering makes for growth of an individual were themes of the depression era. As to the viewpoint that Dean Harcourt is talking in some weird psycho-babble, at the time religious piety was declining and radio evangelism was emerging – talking about a higher power was more appealing than talking about God.
I think Green Light has to be taken as entertainment, with good performances particularly by Errol Flynn, Margaret Lindsay, Walter Abel and Sir Cedric Hardwicke, and in the context of the times.
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