Outcast (1937)

73 mins | Drama | 5 February 1937

Director:

Robert Florey

Cinematographer:

Rudolph Maté

Editor:

Ray Curtiss

Production Designer:

Wiard B. Ihnen

Production Company:

Major Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

The film's working title was Happiness Preferred . According to contemporary sources, first unit shooting took place in the winter snows of California and Nevada, including locations around Truckee and Tahoe. In a modern source, director Robert Florey states that the scene of "Jones's" arrival in Orchard Fork was filmed in Calabasas, ... More Less

The film's working title was Happiness Preferred . According to contemporary sources, first unit shooting took place in the winter snows of California and Nevada, including locations around Truckee and Tahoe. In a modern source, director Robert Florey states that the scene of "Jones's" arrival in Orchard Fork was filmed in Calabasas, CA. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
27 Jan 37
p. 3.
Film Daily
2 Feb 37
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Nov 36
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Jan 37
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Mar 37
p. 9.
Los Angeles Times
27-Jan-37
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Motion Picture Daily
28 Jan 37
p. 2.
Motion Picture Herald
16 Jan 37
p. 54.
Motion Picture Herald
6 Feb 37
p. 46.
New York Times
3 Mar 37
p. 27.
Time
15 Feb 37
p. 58.
Variety
10-Mar-37
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
An Emanuel Cohen Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus dir
Mus score
SOUND
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod assoc
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the short story "Happiness Preferred" by Frank R. Adams in Red Book Magazine (Aug 1936).
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Happiness Preferred
Release Date:
5 February 1937
Production Date:
began 16 November 1936 at General Service Studios
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
5 February 1937
Copyright Number:
LP6930
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Noiseless Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
73
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
3007
SYNOPSIS

Dr. Wendell Phillips Jones is tried and acquitted for giving Lola Stevens the prescription medicine with which she committed suicide. Her husband Tony, however, vows revenge from his wheelchair and asks his sister, Margaret Stevens, to carry it out for him. After his trial, Jones is fired from the hospital, his patients refuse to go to his private practice, and he is rejected by a free clinic despite emergency conditions. Jones pawns his instruments for $22.50, and buys a train ticket for the farthest destination that that money will take him--Orchard Fork, Wisconsin. There, he meets a famous retired lawyer, Alfred A. Abbott, and fixes the broken arm of his servant, Olaf. Abbott convinces Jones to stay and open a practice so the only two professional men in town may remain friends. However, Margaret traces Jones to Orchard Fork and arrives to expose him, asking Abbott for assistance. He convinces her to remain in town to see Jones at work, and she accompanies Jones when he goes to deliver a baby. Margaret's feelings toward Jones change, but after arriving late back in town, she is expelled by her shrewish landlady, Mrs. Hattie Simmerson. Mrs. Simmerson finds Margaret's clippings about Jones in her room and instantly prints the allegations in the local paper, quickly changing the town's perception of him. However, Jones is tired of running and reveals the truth to Margaret: Lola killed herself because she could not go on living with her husband, and Jones had refused to become her lover and betray his best friend. Later young Freddie Simmerson falls gravely ill, and unknown to his mother, his father ... +


Dr. Wendell Phillips Jones is tried and acquitted for giving Lola Stevens the prescription medicine with which she committed suicide. Her husband Tony, however, vows revenge from his wheelchair and asks his sister, Margaret Stevens, to carry it out for him. After his trial, Jones is fired from the hospital, his patients refuse to go to his private practice, and he is rejected by a free clinic despite emergency conditions. Jones pawns his instruments for $22.50, and buys a train ticket for the farthest destination that that money will take him--Orchard Fork, Wisconsin. There, he meets a famous retired lawyer, Alfred A. Abbott, and fixes the broken arm of his servant, Olaf. Abbott convinces Jones to stay and open a practice so the only two professional men in town may remain friends. However, Margaret traces Jones to Orchard Fork and arrives to expose him, asking Abbott for assistance. He convinces her to remain in town to see Jones at work, and she accompanies Jones when he goes to deliver a baby. Margaret's feelings toward Jones change, but after arriving late back in town, she is expelled by her shrewish landlady, Mrs. Hattie Simmerson. Mrs. Simmerson finds Margaret's clippings about Jones in her room and instantly prints the allegations in the local paper, quickly changing the town's perception of him. However, Jones is tired of running and reveals the truth to Margaret: Lola killed herself because she could not go on living with her husband, and Jones had refused to become her lover and betray his best friend. Later young Freddie Simmerson falls gravely ill, and unknown to his mother, his father begs for Jones's assistance. Freddie is near death, having received no treatment because his mother believes only in quack remedies. Jones performs a tracheotomy, but Mrs. Simmerson rushes in hysterically and pulls the tube from Freddie's throat, killing him. Her subsequent shame compels her to seek revenge, rousing the town by exclaiming that "Doc Jones" killed Freddie. A lynch mob forms, taking Jones and Margaret out to a tree to be hanged in the snow. Abbott fearlessly stops the proceedings and convinces the mob to conduct a trial on the spot, swaying the townspeople with his eloquence. Finally Mrs. Simmerson is brought forward and is informed that her ignorance and impetuous prejudice killed Freddie. The mob disbands, and Margaret realizes where the blind revenge of her brother could lead. Olaf, Abbott, Jones and Margaret are happily united, and Jones and Margaret marry. +

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