Society Doctor

  • 1935
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

The usual events occur when rising young medic Morris proves his worth to his hospital coworkers. They are jealous of his success and self-assured ways, however, and kick him out on his own. He is befriended by Burke who sets him up in his own practice, but deserted by Bruce who chooses to give her love to Taylor. When Morris gets shot by a gangster patient,...read more

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The usual events occur when rising young medic Morris proves his worth to his hospital coworkers. They are jealous of his success and self-assured ways, however, and kick him out on his own. He is befriended by Burke who sets him up in his own practice, but deserted by Bruce who chooses to

give her love to Taylor. When Morris gets shot by a gangster patient, he has Taylor perform the surgery, but under his own guidance. Morris recovers completely with Bruce returning to the patient's side for the finale. SOCIETY DOCTOR is of filmic importance because of three statements it makes on

the human condition of movie stars. First, it was supposed to be a vehicle to promote Morris, but Taylor won all the attention. Second, it also was supposed to be a film that would accelerate the career of Bruce, John Gilbert's recent ex-wife. Instead, Burke far outshines her and almost, in fact,

steals the show. Lastly, never again would Taylor play bit parts in the movies. Louis B. Mayer reportedly stated after viewing a screening of the picture that he saw the potential promise of Taylor for the first time. So did moviegoers, for when WEST POINT OF THE AIR, in which Taylor appeared and

which was made before SOCIETY DOCTOR, came out the next month, fans wrote the studio asking why there was not more Taylor in it.

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