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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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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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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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Box Office

Budget:

$1,055,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was Glenn Ford's first movie for MGM. 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

Dr. Michael Corday: [after waking his superior in the middle of the night] Look, I know you don't like me. I don't blame you. But I had to talk to somebody, that's why I came here...
Dr. Alfred Norton: ...sit down. What's wrong?
Dr. Michael Corday: Thanks.
Dr. Alfred Norton: [seeing the grim look on Corday's face, and trying to break the tension] What, did you kill somebody?
Dr. Michael Corday: [laughs nervously] No.
Dr. Alfred Norton: That's alright. I've heard about the girl. What's the trouble?
Dr. Michael Corday: My father.
Dr. Alfred Norton: Oh, I see.
Dr. Michael Corday: You see, if I get involved with her, I'm on my own. If I toe the line, I can have the ...
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Life and Death Subject Matter Handled Well
10 July 2019 | by tr-83495See all my reviews

Even though it's reminiscent of pure soap opera, there is something legitimate here to keep you watching. In this case, it's the life and death subject matter and the "doctor's" decision to practice medicine in the poor part of town that keep the film vibrant. Parts are played well by all actors, allowing the plotline to be preeminent, as it should be.

We have a cohesive narrative here produced sensibly and wisely -- that reins it in, and takes it out of the realm of soap opera. This movie is "thinking" entertainment and is well worth watching.


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