Doctors Don't Tell (1941)

65 or 67 mins | Drama | 27 August 1941

Cinematographer:

Ernest Miller

Editor:

Edward Mann

Production Designer:

John Victor Mackay

Production Company:

Republic Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

The film's onscreen credits note that the title was taken from a Liberty magazine story. According to the SAB and other contemporary sources, the screenplay was an original and only the title of the magazine story was used. According to HR news items, the picture had been on Republic's production schedule for two years, and at one time the studio negotiated with Broadway actress Helen Craig, wife of actor John Beal, to appear opposite her husband in the picture. HR also noted that film editor Edward Mann was being "groomed for directorial work" by being allowed to direct added scenes for the film in early Aug ... More Less

The film's onscreen credits note that the title was taken from a Liberty magazine story. According to the SAB and other contemporary sources, the screenplay was an original and only the title of the magazine story was used. According to HR news items, the picture had been on Republic's production schedule for two years, and at one time the studio negotiated with Broadway actress Helen Craig, wife of actor John Beal, to appear opposite her husband in the picture. HR also noted that film editor Edward Mann was being "groomed for directorial work" by being allowed to direct added scenes for the film in early Aug 1941. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
13 Sep 1941.
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Daily Variety
13 Nov 41
p. 3.
Film Daily
22 Sep 41
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Mar 41
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Jun 41
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Jul 41
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Jul 41
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Aug 41
p. 6.
Motion Picture Herald
13 Sep 1941.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
23 Aug 41
p. 221.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
13 Sep 41
p. 259.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Dir of added scenes
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITORS
Supv ed
Film ed
COSTUMES
Ward by
MUSIC
Mus dir
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
SOURCES
SONGS
"Lilly and Billy," music and lyrics by Jule Styne and Sol Meyer
"Take My Heart," music and lyrics by Jule Styne and Eddie Cherkose.
DETAILS
Release Date:
27 August 1941
Production Date:
July 1941
added scenes early August 1941
Copyright Claimant:
Republic Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
27 August 1941
Copyright Number:
LP10696
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
65 or 67
Length(in feet):
5,851
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
7579
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

On the night before he is to graduate and become a full-fledged doctor, intern Ralph Sawyer operates on car accident victim Diana Wayne, when no doctor is available. Ralph is prevented from graduating until Diana, a nightclub singer, makes a full recovery, but soon after he opens a practice with his friends, Frank Blake and Peter Piper. As they struggle to build their practice, Ralph and Frank also compete for the affections of Diana, who choses the more ambitious Frank. Frank unwittingly becomes entangled with gangster Joe Grant and his cohort, Barney Millen, when he accepts some free medicine samples from them. Later, Grant and Millen attempt to intimidate druggist Philip Cooper into joining a druggist protective association, and in retaliation, Cooper shoots Millen in the arm. Frank reluctantly patches up Millen and agrees not to report the bullet wound, even though he is required to do so by law. After Ralph gets a job with the medical examiner's office, Millen is identified by Cooper and brought to trial. When Frank testifies that he treated Millen for acid burns rather than a gunshot wound, Millen is released. A suspicious Ralph questions Frank, who admits that their increased clientele is due to Grant's patronage, and that Millen did not really have acid burns. When Frank refuses to tell the truth to the district attorney, Ralph quits their practice. Frank and Peter's business improves thanks to Grant and they soon move to a high-priced office. On the six-month anniversary of Ralph's saving her life, Diana invites him and Frank to celebrate at the club where she works with her brother Tom. Meanwhile, Millen shoots ... +


On the night before he is to graduate and become a full-fledged doctor, intern Ralph Sawyer operates on car accident victim Diana Wayne, when no doctor is available. Ralph is prevented from graduating until Diana, a nightclub singer, makes a full recovery, but soon after he opens a practice with his friends, Frank Blake and Peter Piper. As they struggle to build their practice, Ralph and Frank also compete for the affections of Diana, who choses the more ambitious Frank. Frank unwittingly becomes entangled with gangster Joe Grant and his cohort, Barney Millen, when he accepts some free medicine samples from them. Later, Grant and Millen attempt to intimidate druggist Philip Cooper into joining a druggist protective association, and in retaliation, Cooper shoots Millen in the arm. Frank reluctantly patches up Millen and agrees not to report the bullet wound, even though he is required to do so by law. After Ralph gets a job with the medical examiner's office, Millen is identified by Cooper and brought to trial. When Frank testifies that he treated Millen for acid burns rather than a gunshot wound, Millen is released. A suspicious Ralph questions Frank, who admits that their increased clientele is due to Grant's patronage, and that Millen did not really have acid burns. When Frank refuses to tell the truth to the district attorney, Ralph quits their practice. Frank and Peter's business improves thanks to Grant and they soon move to a high-priced office. On the six-month anniversary of Ralph's saving her life, Diana invites him and Frank to celebrate at the club where she works with her brother Tom. Meanwhile, Millen shoots Cooper as he and Grant are driving by his drugstore, and just before he dies, the druggist identifies Grant by the scar on his face. Determined to escape detection, Grant forces Frank to surgically remove the scar by threatening to reveal his aid to Millen. Frank completes the operation, but takes X-rays that detail the surgery. Diana walks into the outer office as Frank is finishing up and quickly realizes what he has done. She refuses to speak with Frank when he later comes to her apartment, and soon after, Grant is brought to trial. Because his scar is now gone, it appears as if he will be released until Frank sends Ralph the incriminating X-rays. The judge will not accept them as evidence, however, when Ralph refuses to identify the doctor who performed the surgery. Upon hearing the news, Frank goes to the court and testifies about the operation, thereby helping to convict Grant, but at the expense of his own career. Proud of Frank, Diana and Ralph congratulate him, but just after his testimony, Millen shoots and kills him. Millen is himself shot by the police, and later, Diana, Ralph and Peter toast the memory of their friend. +

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