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Dr. Socrates (1935)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 19 October 1935 (USA)
A small-town doctor gets roped into helping a notorious bank robber.

Director:

William Dieterle

Writers:

Robert Lord (screen play), Mary C. McCall Jr. (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Paul Muni ... Dr. Lee Cardwell
Ann Dvorak ... Josephine Gray
Barton MacLane ... Red Bastian
Robert Barrat ... Dr. Ginder
John Eldredge ... Dr. Burton
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Stevens
Helen Lowell ... Ma Ganson
Mayo Methot ... Muggsy
Henry O'Neill ... Greer
Grace Stafford ... Caroline Suggs
Samuel S. Hinds ... Dr. McClintick (as Samuel Hinds)
June Travis ... Dublin
Raymond Brown Raymond Brown ... Ben Suggs
Olin Howland ... Bob Catlett
Joe Downing Joe Downing ... Cinq Laval (as Joseph Downing)
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Storyline

Bookish Dr. Cardwell is not very popular with the people of the small town of Big Bend, who prefer the charismatic Dr. Ginder. Cardwell has few paying patients and cannot even pay his grocery bill. One night he is visited by Red Bastian, a notorious outlaw in need of some quick medical attention. Bastian takes a liking to Cardwell and gives him a hundred-dollar bill as payment, which the doctor uses to square things with the grocer. Before their next bank robbery, Bastian's gang picks up a pretty hitchhiker. She manages to escape during the shootout, but is wounded. Dr. Cardwell takes care of her at his home and grows fond of the girl, named Jo. All of Big Bend is in a tizzy about Red Bastian, with many folks believing that Jo is his moll. Cardwell is blindfolded and brought to Bastian's hideout to check on his wound, but the doctor is able to deduce the location. Meanwhile, the G-men tracking the gang have traced the stolen hundred-dollar bill back to Dr. Cardwell. Cardwell is ... Written by Jimmy L.

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ARMED WITH A DOCTOR'S KIT, HE FACED 1000 KILLERS! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 October 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dr. Sócrates See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Edward McWade is on production lists for the role of "Fisher", but that role was played by Otis Harlan. See more »

Goofs

At the end, Jo "fixes" Paul Muni's breast pocket handkerchief and has it with two ends sticking out of his pocket. When he and Jo come out of the room to go downstairs, the handkerchief is showing neatly as a triangle exposed in the pocket. See more »

Connections

Version of King of the Underworld (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
(uncredited)
Traditional
Played at the celebration at the end and sung by the guests
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Mediocre Gangster Yarn
12 August 2014 | by drjgardnerSee all my reviews

If you're a fan of Paul Muni, as I am, you'll want to see this film as an example of one of his last films before he made it with "Louis Pasteur". Yet even though he went on to bigger and more successful films, his earlier work in "Fugitive from a Chain Gang" is my favorite Muni film.

Ann Dvorak, Robert Barrat and Barton Maclane are along for the ride, but they all made better films. It's interesting to watch Mayo Methot (Humphrey Bogart's future wife who gave them the name "Battling Bogarts) playing the gangster's moll.

Despite the low budget and the obvious production limitations, William Dieterle manages to keep it moving along. This is the first of the Muni/Dieterle films which included Pasteur, Zola, Juarez.

Apart from the historical interest, the film doesn't stand the test of time. There are dozens of films from this period which are far better.


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