Dr. Monica (1934)

65 mins | Melodrama | 23 June 1934

Director:

William Keighley

Producer:

Henry Blanke

Cinematographer:

Sol Polito

Editor:

William Clemens

Production Designer:

Anton Grot

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

The film's working titles were The Affairs of Monica and When Tomorrow Comes . According to a news item in HR , Joel McCrea was considered for the male lead in the film. Warner Bros. records reveal that Jack Warner suggested Barbara Stanwyck for the leading role. Correspondence included in the file on the film in the MPAA/PCA collection in the AMPAS library recommended that the picture be pulled from the theatres for its violations of the production code, specifically its references to adultery and pregnancy. Joseph I. Breen, Public Relations Director of the AMPAA, also objected to the film's portrayal of women, identifying characters as a lesbian, a nymphomanic and a ... More Less

The film's working titles were The Affairs of Monica and When Tomorrow Comes . According to a news item in HR , Joel McCrea was considered for the male lead in the film. Warner Bros. records reveal that Jack Warner suggested Barbara Stanwyck for the leading role. Correspondence included in the file on the film in the MPAA/PCA collection in the AMPAS library recommended that the picture be pulled from the theatres for its violations of the production code, specifically its references to adultery and pregnancy. Joseph I. Breen, Public Relations Director of the AMPAA, also objected to the film's portrayal of women, identifying characters as a lesbian, a nymphomanic and a prostitute. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
24 Feb 34
p. 3.
Daily Variety
15 Mar 34
p. 2.
Daily Variety
17 May 34
p. 3.
Film Daily
22 Jun 34
p. 13.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Feb 35
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Mar 1934 p. 7.
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Motion Picture Daily
25 May 34
p. 12.
Motion Picture Herald
28 Apr 34
p. 2.
Motion Picture Herald
19 May 34
pp. 39-44.
Motion Picture Herald
26 May 34
p. 38.
New York Times
21 Jun 34
p. 28.
Variety
26 Jun 34
p. 16.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Exec prod
WRITERS
Scr and adpt
English adpt
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Vitaphone Orch cond
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on a Polish play by Marja Morozowicz Szczepkowska (production undetermined) and the English-language adaptation, Dr. Monica , by Laura Walker Mayer (New York, 6 Nov 1933).
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
When Tomorrow Comes
Affairs of Monica
Release Date:
23 June 1934
Production Date:
24 February--15 March 1934
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
5 July 1934
Copyright Number:
LP4802
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
65
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Monica Bradon, a happily married physician, is completely unaware that her husband John is having a love affair with her good friend, Mary. John and Mary end their relationship out of guilt, but when Mary faints during a party they are all attending, Monica learns that her friend is pregnant. Mary refuses to disclose the father's identity, but begs Monica to help her. Monica, who desperately wants a child of her own, personally handles Mary's medical care. As Monica is preparing to deliver the child, she overhears Mary telephone John and realizes the identity of Mary's secret lover. Although Monica is stunned at the news, her close friend Anna reminds her of her duty as a doctor, and Monica delivers Mary's baby. Anna encourages Monica to forgive and accept John, but Monica feels that with the birth of the child, he now belongs to Mary. Before Monica gives him up completely, she goes with him on a romantic vacation, after which she tells him that she knows his secret and that the only solution is that they divorce. Meanwhile, Anna convinces Mary that she must relinquish John, and in response to Anna's advice, Mary commits suicide by flying her airplane into the sea, leaving the baby's future to John and ... +


Monica Bradon, a happily married physician, is completely unaware that her husband John is having a love affair with her good friend, Mary. John and Mary end their relationship out of guilt, but when Mary faints during a party they are all attending, Monica learns that her friend is pregnant. Mary refuses to disclose the father's identity, but begs Monica to help her. Monica, who desperately wants a child of her own, personally handles Mary's medical care. As Monica is preparing to deliver the child, she overhears Mary telephone John and realizes the identity of Mary's secret lover. Although Monica is stunned at the news, her close friend Anna reminds her of her duty as a doctor, and Monica delivers Mary's baby. Anna encourages Monica to forgive and accept John, but Monica feels that with the birth of the child, he now belongs to Mary. Before Monica gives him up completely, she goes with him on a romantic vacation, after which she tells him that she knows his secret and that the only solution is that they divorce. Meanwhile, Anna convinces Mary that she must relinquish John, and in response to Anna's advice, Mary commits suicide by flying her airplane into the sea, leaving the baby's future to John and Monica. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Medical


Subject
Subject (Major):

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

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