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Dr. Socrates (1935)

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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Taglines:

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

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 October 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dr. Sócrates See more »

Company Credits

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

Near the beginning of the film, Paul Muni is reading a book at a soda fountain. From the back, he is holding the book between the thumb and fingers of right hand. From the front, he is holding several pages between his thumb and index finger and the rest of the pages between his index finger and his other fingers. 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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Muni's first film with Dieterle
11 October 2009 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Paul Muni is called "Dr. Socrates" in this 1935 film, mainly because of his love of books. Here Muni is a struggling young doctor, Dr. Lee Cardwell, who becomes involved with gangsters after helping a hitchhiker (Ann Dvorak) who was in their getaway car when the thugs committed a robbery. However, many people think she's part of the gang, and Cardwell works to protect and defend her.

This was Muni's first film with William Dieterle, who directed Muni is his great films to follow, including The Story of Louis Pasteur, Juarez, and The Life of Emile Zola. Muni is good as Dr. S, but he has formidable competition in Barton MacLane, who plays Red Bastian, the main criminal who is a sort of John Dillinger type. In the film, he's wounded and forces Dr. Cardwell to treat him.

This film was rewritten and redone in 1939 as "King of the Underworld" with Kay Francis and Humphrey Bogart, before his big stardom.

Good cast, nice ending.


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