The Courageous Dr. Christian (1940)

67 mins | Drama | 5 April 1940

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HISTORY

This was the second picture in the Dr. Christian series. For additional information on the series, consult the Series Index and see below for Meet Dr. Christian ... More Less

This was the second picture in the Dr. Christian series. For additional information on the series, consult the Series Index and see below for Meet Dr. Christian . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
26 Mar 40
p. 3.
Film Daily
25 Mar 40
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Jan 40
pp. 6-7.
Hollywood Reporter
26 Mar 40
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
22 Mar 40
p. 6.
Motion Picture Herald
30 Mar 40
p. 62.
New York Times
29 Mar 40
p. 25.
Variety
3 Apr 40
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig scr, Orig scr
Orig scr, Orig scr
Story ed
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
Set dresser
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus dir
Mus comp
DETAILS
Series:
Release Date:
5 April 1940
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 29 March 1940
Production Date:
began mid January 1940
Copyright Claimant:
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
5 April 1940
Copyright Number:
LP9568
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
67
Length(in feet):
5,988
Country:
United States
PCA No:
6053
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Shocked by the living conditions of a settlement of homeless people in Squatterstown, kindly Dr. Paul Christian offers Dave Williams, a young man who has been hardened by his life as a squatter, a job. Next, the doctor asks the city council to build public housing for the homeless, to which the council replies that if the doctor can convince the town curmudgeon, Mrs. Norma Stewart, to donate her vacant property for the site, they will accede to the doctor's request. Mrs. Stewart, who has a crush on the doctor, dispatches her two little wards, Jack and Ruth Williams, with the deed to the property and a note offering the land in exchange for the doctor's hand in marriage. The mischievous children instead drop the letter down a sewer grate, and after he accepts the deed, the doctor learns, too late, the price that he must pay for it. Although the doctor keeps his end of the bargain, the city council reneges on their agreement to build housing, and Dave moves the squatters onto a vacant lot. As the police prepare to forcibly remove them, Dr. Christian discovers an epidemic of spinal meningitis and quarantines the area. This forces the townspeople to witness the plight of the homeless, thus arousing their sympathy, and they vote for the construction of public housing. All ends happily as Dave, inspired by Dr. Christian, has his faith in humanity restored and Mrs. Stewart decides to devote her life to her little wards rather than to the ... +


Shocked by the living conditions of a settlement of homeless people in Squatterstown, kindly Dr. Paul Christian offers Dave Williams, a young man who has been hardened by his life as a squatter, a job. Next, the doctor asks the city council to build public housing for the homeless, to which the council replies that if the doctor can convince the town curmudgeon, Mrs. Norma Stewart, to donate her vacant property for the site, they will accede to the doctor's request. Mrs. Stewart, who has a crush on the doctor, dispatches her two little wards, Jack and Ruth Williams, with the deed to the property and a note offering the land in exchange for the doctor's hand in marriage. The mischievous children instead drop the letter down a sewer grate, and after he accepts the deed, the doctor learns, too late, the price that he must pay for it. Although the doctor keeps his end of the bargain, the city council reneges on their agreement to build housing, and Dave moves the squatters onto a vacant lot. As the police prepare to forcibly remove them, Dr. Christian discovers an epidemic of spinal meningitis and quarantines the area. This forces the townspeople to witness the plight of the homeless, thus arousing their sympathy, and they vote for the construction of public housing. All ends happily as Dave, inspired by Dr. Christian, has his faith in humanity restored and Mrs. Stewart decides to devote her life to her little wards rather than to the doctor. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Social, Medical


Subject

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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