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The Courageous Dr. Christian (1940)

Not Rated | | Drama | 5 April 1940 (USA)
A doctor fights an epidemic that breaks out in the poor section of town and tries to get the rest of the town to help out.


Bernard Vorhaus

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Hersholt ... Dr. Paul Christian
Dorothy Lovett ... Judy Price
Robert Baldwin ... Roy Davis
Tom Neal ... Dave Williams
Maude Eburne ... Mrs. Hastings
Vera Lewis ... Mrs. Norma Stewart
George Meader George Meader ... Harry Johnson
Bobby Larson ... Jack Williams
Bobette Bentley Bobette Bentley ... Ruth Williams
Reginald Barlow Reginald Barlow ... Sam
Jacqueline De River Jacqueline De River ... Martha
Edmund Glover ... Tommy Wood
Mary Davenport Mary Davenport ... Jane Wood
Earle Ross Earle Ross ... Grandpa
Sylvia Andrew Sylvia Andrew ... Mrs. Sam


A doctor fights an epidemic that breaks out in the poor section of town and tries to get the rest of the town to help out.

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Release Date:

5 April 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Corajoso Doutor Christian See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »


Followed by They Meet Again (1941) See more »

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A big sacrifice
22 April 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The second film of the Dr. Christian series has Jean Hersholt working on slum clearance in his small Minnesota town. It's hard to fathom in this day and age, but right up to World War II there were these ramshackle villages in just about every community made up of the migrant, the poor, and the dispossessed. In such a community Dr. Christian finds Tom Neal caring for his younger siblings. These ramshackle Hoovervilles so dubbed for the former president were breeding grounds for disease and pestilence.

Disease does come in the form of spinal meningitis and the last third of the film is The Courageous Dr. Christian both fighting the disease and the stubbornness of the town council which fails to see its social responsibility.

Hersholt wants a housing project and he's got the spot for it, some vacant land owned by rich widow Vera Lewis. But Vera while taking in Neal's siblings also has ideas about matrimony with the good doctor. That's maybe too big a sacrifice for Jean Hersholt to make.

There's also a bit of romantic rivalry between Neal and the Dr. Christian regulars, nurse Dorothy Lovett and druggist Robert Baldwin.

All in all a good entry in the Dr. Christian series.

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