I Married a Doctor (1936)

83 or 85 mins | Drama | 25 April 1936

Director:

Archie Mayo

Writer:

Casey Robinson

Cinematographer:

Byron Haskin

Editor:

Owen Marks

Production Designer:

Carl Jules Weyl

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

An article in Liberty noted that the popularity of movies about doctors led the studio to change the title from Main Street . Louise Fazenda played a role in the 1923 Warner Bros. film, Main Street , which was also based on the Sinclair Lewis novel and was directed by Harry Beaumont and starred Florence Vidor and Monte Blue (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; ... More Less

An article in Liberty noted that the popularity of movies about doctors led the studio to change the title from Main Street . Louise Fazenda played a role in the 1923 Warner Bros. film, Main Street , which was also based on the Sinclair Lewis novel and was directed by Harry Beaumont and starred Florence Vidor and Monte Blue (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.3348). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
27 Mar 36
p. 3.
Film Daily
20 Jan 36
p. 9.
Film Daily
31 Mar 36
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Mar 36
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
28 Mar 36
p. 2.
Motion Picture Herald
29 Feb 36
p. 26.
Motion Picture Herald
4 Apr 36
p. 37.
New York Times
20 Apr 36
p. 17.
Variety
22 Apr 36
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A First National Picture
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Vitaphone Orch cond
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Main Street: The Story of Carol Kennicott by Sinclair Lewis (New York, 1920) and the play of the same name by Harriet Ford and Harvey O'Higgins (Indianapolis, 18 Jul 1921).
DETAILS
Release Date:
25 April 1936
Production Date:
began mid January 1936
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
28 April 1936
Copyright Number:
LP6317
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
83 or 85
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
PCA No:
2024
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

When small town doctor Will P. Kennicott marries Carol, a Chicago woman, the townspeople are displeased that he has married an outsider. Carol is determined to make friends, but the town's women resent her popularity with the men. She further alienates everyone with her suggestions on how to fix up the town, which they all think looks fine the way it is. She befriends Erik Valborg, a young man with artistic inclinations. In a gesture of support, she encourages him to leave the farm and study architecture in the city. His parents are convinced that she has seduced him. Erik, himself, is sure that Carol is in love with him and says as much to Will. At Will's suggestion, Erik asks Carol to leave with him. She is stunned, admitting that she sees him only as a friend. In despair, Erik gets drunk and is killed in a car crash. When Carol realizes that the whole town blames her for Erik's death, she decides to leave. All her efforts to fit in have failed, and although Will begs her to stay, she takes the next train out of town. After she is gone, the townspeople hypocritically claim to miss her. Will is so sure that she will come back that he waits every afternoon for the train from the city. One afternoon, Carol does return, having learned that there are small minds everywhere and that her love for Will is what is ... +


When small town doctor Will P. Kennicott marries Carol, a Chicago woman, the townspeople are displeased that he has married an outsider. Carol is determined to make friends, but the town's women resent her popularity with the men. She further alienates everyone with her suggestions on how to fix up the town, which they all think looks fine the way it is. She befriends Erik Valborg, a young man with artistic inclinations. In a gesture of support, she encourages him to leave the farm and study architecture in the city. His parents are convinced that she has seduced him. Erik, himself, is sure that Carol is in love with him and says as much to Will. At Will's suggestion, Erik asks Carol to leave with him. She is stunned, admitting that she sees him only as a friend. In despair, Erik gets drunk and is killed in a car crash. When Carol realizes that the whole town blames her for Erik's death, she decides to leave. All her efforts to fit in have failed, and although Will begs her to stay, she takes the next train out of town. After she is gone, the townspeople hypocritically claim to miss her. Will is so sure that she will come back that he waits every afternoon for the train from the city. One afternoon, Carol does return, having learned that there are small minds everywhere and that her love for Will is what is important. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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