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Once a Doctor (1937)

Approved | | Drama | 23 January 1937 (USA)
Steven and Jerry are both young doctors, rivals professionally and for Paula Norland. Jerry lets Steven take the blame for a mistake he made and sending him to prison. Steven gets redemption, after release, during a storm at sea.

Director:

William Clemens

Writers:

Frank T. Daugherty (story) (as Frank Daugherty), Paul Perez (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Muir ... Paula Nordland
Donald Woods ... Dr.Steven Brace
Gordon Oliver ... Dr. Jerry Brace
Joe King ... Dr. Frank Brace (as Joseph King)
Henry Kolker ... Dr. Bruce Nordland
Gordon Hart Gordon Hart ... Dr. Harry Lewis, East Side Clinic
Joseph Crehan ... Captain Andrews, Nirvana
Louise Stanley ... Ruby Norton, Student Nurse
Robert Paige ... Dr. Burton (as David Carlyle)
Edwin Stanley Edwin Stanley ... Dr. Adams (as Ed. Stanley)
Houseley Stevenson ... Magistrate Kendrick (as Housley Stevens Sr.)
Harland Tucker Harland Tucker ... Prosecuting Attorney (as Harlan Tucker)
Guy Usher Guy Usher ... Warden
Thomas Pogue Thomas Pogue ... Dr. Artemus 'Doc' Dade
Edward Keane ... Captain Littlejohn, S.S. Orlando (as Ed Keane)
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Storyline

Steven and Jerry are both young doctors, rivals professionally and for Paula Norland. Jerry lets Steven take the blame for a mistake he made and sending him to prison. Steven gets redemption, after release, during a storm at sea.

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 January 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Assistenzarzt Dr. Steven Brace See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When the yacht radios its position, it is correctly indicated as being off the coast of North Carolina, nearly due east of Wilmington. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Jerry Brace: Convenience is the mother of lasting affection.
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The opening card shows the Hippocratic Oath. See more »

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Redemption
22 March 2016 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

When brilliant intern Donald Woods covers up for foster brother Gordon Oliver one last time, he is kicked out of medicine and has to make his way back into the profession as a male nurse at a free clinic, where he performs an illegal operation and is found guilty of manslaughter.

This Warner B looks like it was produced as a substitute for MGM's first Doctor Kildare movie, INTERNS CAN'T TAKE MONEY. It is, alas, not very well done, with stiff acting, tired lines like "Brain surgery is important" and a plethora of hackneyed medical movie tropes.

Perhaps if this had been expanded to fill an A movie slot, it might be more interesting and less telegraphic than it is at 57 minutes. However, had that been the case, it would have had a better director than perennial B header William Clemens.


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