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Men in White (1934)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 6 April 1934 (USA)
An idealistic doctor must make some hard choices between his dedication to the profession and his personal life.

Director:

Richard Boleslawski (as Richard Boleslavsky)

Writers:

Waldemar Young (screen play), Sidney Kingsley (from the play by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Clark Gable ... Dr. Ferguson
Myrna Loy ... Laura
Jean Hersholt ... Dr. Hochberg
Elizabeth Allan ... Barbara
Otto Kruger ... Dr. Levine
C. Henry Gordon ... Dr. Cunningham
Russell Hardie ... Dr. Michaelson
Wallace Ford ... Shorty
Henry B. Walthall ... Dr. McCabe
Russell Hopton ... Pete
Samuel S. Hinds ... Dr. Gordon
Frank Puglia ... Dr. Vitale
Leo Chalzel Leo Chalzel ... Dr. Wren
Donald Douglas ... Mac
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Storyline

A dedicated young doctor places his patients above everyone else in his life. Unfortunately, his social register fianceé can't accept the fact that he considers an appointment in the operating room more important that attending a cocktail party. He soon drifts into an affair with a pretty nurse who shares his passion for healing. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Taglines:

HE SMOTHERED AMBITION WITH A WOMAN'S KISSES! (Print Ad- Advance-News, ((Ogdensburg, NY)) 15 April 1934)

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 April 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alma de Médico See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$213,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (New York opening)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was initially telecast in Philadelphia Wednesday 4 December 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), followed by Los Angeles 3 June 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11) and by San Francisco 27 October 1958 on KGO (Channel 7). It finally aired in New York City Monday 9 November 1959 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

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The close-ups and extreme close-ups of Eliabeth Allan and the young girl don't match. See more »

Quotes

Laura: You're right. you've always been right, you and Hochy. It's bigger than any of us... humanity!
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Pulitzer Prize winning play made into film for Gable and Loy
19 March 2012 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

"Men in White" is a 1934 film starring Clark Gable, Myrna Loy, Jean Hersholt, Elizabeth Allan, and Otto Kruger. Gable plays a promising young doctor, George Ferguson, who is planning on studying in Vienna and then returning and working closely with Dr. Hochberg (Hersholt), apparently in scientific research. He's engaged to a society woman, Laura Hudson (Loy) who is already upset about the lack of time she and George have together. She would rather he go into private practice and work regular hours. This becomes a subject of argument, and the situation goes from bad to worse, particularly one night when an angry Laura stops speaking to George.

This film is based on a Pulitzer Prize winning play by Sidney Kingsley, which, in addition to what is shown in the film, also dealt with anti-Semitism. The idea of going to Vienna in 1934, with the Loy character rhapsodizing over it - guess MGM was out of touch with what was happening, or chose to ignore it.

The acting in this film is very good, if by today's standards, a little melodramatic in parts. Otto Kruger has a very sympathetic role in this - later on he always played someone truly nasty.

The real star of the film is the absolutely incredible art deco hospital set that has to be seen - stunning, with a circular staircase, and huge windows that overlook the George Washington Bridge. The photography is marvelous, particularly an operating room scene where we see doctors observing in a top area reflected through a light.

The other things you'll notice, if you've been alive more than a few years, are the nurses' uniforms and caps and the glass straws, items we don't see any longer. And a little girl's parents who would be cast as her great-grandparents today.

The story isn't spelled out for us - in fact, I can tell you my mother, as an adult, could have sat through it and had no idea what happened. Talk about subtle.

Definitely worth seeing, with Gable and Loy an effective team.


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