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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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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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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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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

Evelyn 'Taffy' Heldon: You can't come back again.
Dr. Michael Corday: I'm going to come back every day, twice a day. I'll give you two weeks to get strong - but you'll do everything I say and you'll eat everything I say. Then we'll be married and I'll move in here.
Evelyn 'Taffy' Heldon: You'll never be happy! This is Third Avenue. You said we had nothing in common.
Dr. Michael Corday: I was wrong.
Evelyn 'Taffy' Heldon: And you'll never drill holes in anybody's head.
Dr. Michael Corday: That's alright. I'll still be doctor - that's all that matters.
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Before "soaps," there were a few very good MD movies
2 June 2013 | by SimonJackSee all my reviews

Very few films were made before the 1970s with doctors and medicine as the main subjects. Hollywood had made the jump to sound movies in 1929, but the medical profession wasn't much in the public's eye – at least not in the realm of entertainment. Two films in the 1930s were mainly about doctors and medicine – "One Man's Journey," in 1933, and "Magnificent Obsession," in 1935. Both films had major stars of the time and were successes, but their plots were very serious. Film historians have said that Hollywood thought the public was too wary of somber subjects. People living through the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl and World War II needed more light-hearted entertainment. Having fun helped take their minds off their troubles for a while. So, comedy, romance, mystery and musicals best fit the bill for the film industry at the time. But, with the end of WW II, movie interests began to expand.

One of the very first films focused on doctors and medicine was this 1949 MGM movie, "The Doctor and the Girl." It may have piqued the interest in other quarters for more such stories. A British film, "White Corridors," came out in 1951, and in 1954, a remake of "Magnificent Obsession" scored another box office hit. Interest in medical heroes and plots continued to grow. A 1961 movie, "The Young Doctors," had a huge cast. That same year, the first popular daytime TV medical drama (aka, soap opera) aired. "Dr. Kildare" ran through 1966. In 1962, "General Hospital" premiered. In 2013, the Guinness Book of World Records lists it as the longest-running American soap, and it's still going strong. Only two other TV series have gone longer, but both are now off the air. By the 1970s, the medical field began to emerge as a major sub-genre for films and TV programs. Shows ranged from drama to comedy, romance to crime and mystery, war to sci-fi, and even horror scripts.

With new TV programs and films about doctors and medicine today, the very earliest movies still stand out for their excellent stories and performances by top casts. "The Doctor and the Girl" is such a film. The plot may seem to be so familiar today, but it wasn't at the time. Indeed, it was a leader in showing conflict between "high brow" medicine and that practiced for common folks. The performances by the stars are outstanding – Glenn Ford, Janet Leigh, Charles Coburn, Gloria De Haven, Bruce Bennett, and Basil Ruysdael. This is a movie worthy of any film library.


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