The Country Doctor

  • 1936
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

This fictionalized re-telling of the birth of the Dionne quintuplets and the backwoods doctor who delivered them sparked worldwide interest at the box office. Hersholt plays Dr. Dafoe (here called Dr. Luke), who battles against small-town narrow-mindedness to get a hospital built. Finally it is erected, but the backers pick someone else to head it. Then...read more

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This fictionalized re-telling of the birth of the Dionne quintuplets and the backwoods doctor who delivered them sparked worldwide interest at the box office. Hersholt plays Dr. Dafoe (here called Dr. Luke), who battles against small-town narrow-mindedness to get a hospital built.

Finally it is erected, but the backers pick someone else to head it. Then Qualen rushes in to fetch Hersholt to help his wife give birth, and the quintuplets make their appearance, stealing the last quarter of the film. Nazi Germany's Minister of Propaganda, Josef Goebbels, banned this film

because Hersholt was Jewish. Desperate not to lose foreign bucks, and to their everlasting shame, some Fox officials actually corresponded with the Nazis to get them to relent, pointing out that Hersholt was only a little bit Jewish, and that his nearest Jewish relative had been dead for three

generations. Goebbels read the correspondence and sneered a definite no; the film was not shown in the Third Reich. Almost all the Hollywood studios of the era buckled under to anti-Semitic pressure from Hitler's regime, all except the one led by feisty Jack Warner, whose distribution official in

Germany, Joseph Kaufmann, was dragged out of his office one day by Brownshirt thugs and beaten so badly in the street in front of scores of passersby that he died of his wounds. Warner immediately closed down all his offices in Germany and told the Nazis to go to hell. From that moment on, Warner

Brothers' films attacked the Nazis at every turn, losing money and winning the respect of the free world.

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