The Doctor and the Girl (1949)

97 or 99 mins | Drama | 29 September 1949

Director:

Curtis Bernhardt

Writer:

Theodore Reeves

Producer:

Pandro S. Berman

Cinematographer:

Robert Planck

Editor:

Ferris Webster

Production Designers:

Cedric Gibbons, Preston Ames

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Bodies and Souls . A Mar 1948 Var news item noted that M-G-M paid $50,000 for the film rights to Maxence Van der Meersch's novel. According to M-G-M studio publicity materials contained in the AMPAS Library file for the film, much of the picture was filmed on location in New York City. Among the various Manhattan location sites used for film were: Patchin Place in Greenwich Village, Third Avenue, Forty-Second Street, Times Square, Bellevue Hospital and Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. According to publicity materials, director Curtis Bernhardt used a camoflaged camera, hidden in a truck, to film location scenes on Forty-Second Street. Bernhardt also used a camera hidden in a fake wall in a coffee shop to film people ... More Less

The working title of this film was Bodies and Souls . A Mar 1948 Var news item noted that M-G-M paid $50,000 for the film rights to Maxence Van der Meersch's novel. According to M-G-M studio publicity materials contained in the AMPAS Library file for the film, much of the picture was filmed on location in New York City. Among the various Manhattan location sites used for film were: Patchin Place in Greenwich Village, Third Avenue, Forty-Second Street, Times Square, Bellevue Hospital and Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. According to publicity materials, director Curtis Bernhardt used a camoflaged camera, hidden in a truck, to film location scenes on Forty-Second Street. Bernhardt also used a camera hidden in a fake wall in a coffee shop to film people undetected. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
10 Sep 1949.
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Daily Variety
8 Sep 49
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Jun 49
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Jun 49
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Sep 49
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Sep 49
p. 5.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
17 Sep 49
p. 17.
New York Times
31 Oct 49
p. 20.
Variety
31 Mar 1948.
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Variety
14 Sep 49
p. 8.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Ben Weldon
David Bond
William H. Vedder
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Assoc
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
Rec supv
MAKEUP
Hair styles des by
Makeup created by
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the book Bodies and Souls by Maxence van der Meersch, as translated from the French by Eithne Wilkins (New York, 1948).
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Bodies and Souls
Release Date:
29 September 1949
Production Date:
mid May--late Jun 1949
Copyright Claimant:
Loew's Inc.
Copyright Date:
7 September 1949
Copyright Number:
LP2507
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
97 or 99
Length(in feet):
8,767
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
PCA No:
13957
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Having just completed his medical schooling at Harvard, Michael Corday arrives at the Department of Neurology at New York City's Bellevue Hospital to begin his internship. Michael's snobbish father, John Corday, is also a physician, as is his sister Mariette's fiancé, George Esmond. When Michael accuses George of being an opportunist and wanting to marry Mariette only to be associated with a prominent family of doctors, George denies the accusation. At the hospital, Michael's emergency room internship gets off to a bad start when he is accused by another physician, Dr. Granville, of being brusque with his patients. As rumors of Michael's poor bedside manners spread throughout the department, Michael begins to take notice of the criticism and decides to change his ways. When one of his patients, a penniless candy store employee named Evelyn Heldon, complains about being placed in a crowded room for the "moribund," Michael has her transferred to another room. Michael eventually befriends Evelyn and sees to it that her complicated lung abscess operation is performed by Dr. Francis I. Garard, the best surgeon in the department. Meanwhile, Michael's young sister Fabienne decides to defy her father's wishes and leaves home to live on her own in Greenwich Village. The Corday family is thrown into further turmoil when Michael falls in love with Evelyn, and Michael's father asks Frank to pay Evelyn to leave him. Michael is devastated when he learns of the pay-off, and wanders the streets in search of her. After seeking the advice of Dr. Alfred Norton, who suggests that he follow his heart, Michael finds Evelyn working hard at her taffy machine. Noticing that she ... +


Having just completed his medical schooling at Harvard, Michael Corday arrives at the Department of Neurology at New York City's Bellevue Hospital to begin his internship. Michael's snobbish father, John Corday, is also a physician, as is his sister Mariette's fiancé, George Esmond. When Michael accuses George of being an opportunist and wanting to marry Mariette only to be associated with a prominent family of doctors, George denies the accusation. At the hospital, Michael's emergency room internship gets off to a bad start when he is accused by another physician, Dr. Granville, of being brusque with his patients. As rumors of Michael's poor bedside manners spread throughout the department, Michael begins to take notice of the criticism and decides to change his ways. When one of his patients, a penniless candy store employee named Evelyn Heldon, complains about being placed in a crowded room for the "moribund," Michael has her transferred to another room. Michael eventually befriends Evelyn and sees to it that her complicated lung abscess operation is performed by Dr. Francis I. Garard, the best surgeon in the department. Meanwhile, Michael's young sister Fabienne decides to defy her father's wishes and leaves home to live on her own in Greenwich Village. The Corday family is thrown into further turmoil when Michael falls in love with Evelyn, and Michael's father asks Frank to pay Evelyn to leave him. Michael is devastated when he learns of the pay-off, and wanders the streets in search of her. After seeking the advice of Dr. Alfred Norton, who suggests that he follow his heart, Michael finds Evelyn working hard at her taffy machine. Noticing that she does not have enough money to buy food, Michael decides to postpone his marriage plans until he can help her regain her strength. Back at the Corday home, Michael's father falls ill, and because Fabienne refuses to return home to care for him, Mariette is forced to call off her wedding to do so. With Evelyn's help, Michael opens a private practice on Third Avenue, in a poorer neighborhood, but he eventually starts to long for an apprenticeship under a skilled doctor. Late one night, Fabienne, whose boyfriend has deserted her, collapses at Michael's doorstep. Hemorrhaging from a botched abortion, Fabienne is rushed to a doctor, but dies in surgery. After caring for a young boy who has injured his hand, Michael decides to continue practicing medicine on Third Avenue, and he and Evelyn look forward to running a successful practice together. +

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