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The Doctor and the Girl (1949)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 29 September 1949 (USA)
Dr. Michael Corday, a recent graduate of the Harvard Medical School, is the son of Dr. John Corday, an eminent New York City surgeon who has a tendency to continue to direct the lives of ... See full summary »

Director:

Curtis Bernhardt

Writers:

Maxence Van der Meersch (story "Bodies and Souls") (as Maxence van der Meersch), Theodore Reeves (screenplay)
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Simon Sparrow (Dirk Bogarde) is a newly arrived medical student at St. Swithin's hospital in London, England. Falling in with three longer-serving hopefuls, he is soon immersed in the ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Glenn Ford ... Dr. Michael Corday
Charles Coburn ... Dr. John Corday
Gloria DeHaven ... Fabienne Corday
Janet Leigh ... Evelyn 'Taffy' Heldon
Bruce Bennett ... Dr. Alfred Norton
Warner Anderson ... Dr. George Esmond
Basil Ruysdael ... Dr. Francis I. Garard
Nancy Reagan ... Mariette Esmond (as Nancy Davis)
Arthur Franz ... Dr. Harvey L. Kenmore
Lisa Golm ... Hetty
Joanne De Bergh Joanne De Bergh ... Child's mother
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Storyline

Dr. Michael Corday, a recent graduate of the Harvard Medical School, is the son of Dr. John Corday, an eminent New York City surgeon who has a tendency to continue to direct the lives of his grown children. The daughter, Fabienne, runs away from home and Michael, after first following his father's advice of being callous to the point of cruelty toward patients, changes when he falls in love with a patient, marries her and sets up his practice on the lower East Side in New York. The death of a family member brings most of the family together. A couple of stronger plot incidents than usual for a 1940s film---unwed-pregnancy and botched abortion among them. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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There Are Many Beautiful Women in the Life of a Handsome Young Doctor. This is the Strange Love Story of One of Them!

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

29 September 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bodies and Souls See more »

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Budget:

$1,055,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was successful at the box office, earning MGM a profit of $184,000 according to studio records. See more »

Goofs

When Michael is in the outpatient clinic, the chest x-ray on the view-box by his desk is reversed. See more »

Quotes

[Michael grabs Taffy, kisses her passionately and then they embrace]
Evelyn 'Taffy' Heldon: Remember, it's only platonic... I looked it up.
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References Down to the Sea in Ships (1949) See more »

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She's Janet Leigh
9 July 2019 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Michael Corday (Glenn Ford) is an arrogant medical school graduate. His father is a highly successful doctor in New York City. He fights with his sister who wants to move out with her boyfriend. He begins an internship at Bellevue Hospital. He dislikes the chaos and dismisses the patients. He is reprimanded for his bad bedside manners. He tries to be nice to candy store girl Evelyn (Janet Leigh) and starts to fall in love with his patient. His father disapproves of the budding relationship and threatens to pull his support.

This movie feels rather dated and I'm not complaining about it. She's Janet Leigh and his father is bent out of shape. Just look at her. Have you got eyes? Quite frankly, she's a grounded character. Her greatest sin is poverty. The father's argument should be that she's a gold-digger. It shouldn't be a matter of professional advancement. If they want to marry, she can dress up to be a doctor's wife. His advancement should be a separate issue after he starts up the clinic for the poor. The dated morality actually holds a bit of interest for me. On the other hand, the drama isn't that high.


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