Between Two Women (1945)

82-83 mins | Drama | March 1945

Director:

Willis Goldbeck

Writer:

Harry Ruskin

Producer:

Carey Wilson

Cinematographer:

Harold Rosson

Editor:

Adrienne Fazan

Production Designers:

Cedric Gibbons, Edward Carfagno

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Dr. Red Adams . Although reviewers speculated that following this film, M-G-M's "Dr. Kildare/Dr. Gillespie" series would be retitled the "Dr. Red Adams" series, Van Johnson, who played Adams, actually left the series after this film. In his NYHT review of the picture, Bert McCord wrote about Johnson's apparent take-over of the series: "...there is one more 'Dr. Kildare' sequel I would like to see M-G-M make, and it is a story out of their own backyard. They should put one of their screen writers to work on the tribulations of a brilliant young actor whose religious beliefs were misinterpreted as cowardice, who endured internment and public scorn rather than join a combatant unit and who went on to become a medical aide in the front lines. Van Johnson could play it. Or better still, let Lew Ayres himself play it when he returns from service in the South Pacific." Although twins Lee and Lyn Wilde and Peggy O'Neill were announced as cast members, they did not appear in the completed film. In addition, a M-G-M news item announced Patricia Dane in the role of "Muriel," but that part was played by Ruthe Brady . According to an Oct 1944 HR news item, scenes featuring Gloria DeHaven were added after she received good notices during a sneak preview of the film. For additionl information on the "Dr. Kildare" and "Dr. Gillespie" series, consult the Series Index and see entry for the 1938 film Young Dr. Kildare in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; ... More Less

The working title of this film was Dr. Red Adams . Although reviewers speculated that following this film, M-G-M's "Dr. Kildare/Dr. Gillespie" series would be retitled the "Dr. Red Adams" series, Van Johnson, who played Adams, actually left the series after this film. In his NYHT review of the picture, Bert McCord wrote about Johnson's apparent take-over of the series: "...there is one more 'Dr. Kildare' sequel I would like to see M-G-M make, and it is a story out of their own backyard. They should put one of their screen writers to work on the tribulations of a brilliant young actor whose religious beliefs were misinterpreted as cowardice, who endured internment and public scorn rather than join a combatant unit and who went on to become a medical aide in the front lines. Van Johnson could play it. Or better still, let Lew Ayres himself play it when he returns from service in the South Pacific." Although twins Lee and Lyn Wilde and Peggy O'Neill were announced as cast members, they did not appear in the completed film. In addition, a M-G-M news item announced Patricia Dane in the role of "Muriel," but that part was played by Ruthe Brady . According to an Oct 1944 HR news item, scenes featuring Gloria DeHaven were added after she received good notices during a sneak preview of the film. For additionl information on the "Dr. Kildare" and "Dr. Gillespie" series, consult the Series Index and see entry for the 1938 film Young Dr. Kildare in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; F3.5251. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
13 Jan 1945.
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Daily Variety
20 Dec 44
p. 3.
Film Daily
18 Dec 44
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
29 May 44
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Jul 44
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Aug 44
p. 46.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Aug 44
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Aug 44
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Sep 44
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Oct 44
p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Dec 44
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
14 Oct 44
p. 2142.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
23 Dec 44
p. 2238.
New York Herald Tribune
29 Mar 1945.
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New York Times
29 Mar 45
p. 18.
Variety
20 Dec 44
p. 17.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
Orig scr, Orig scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
2d cam
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Props
COSTUMES
Cost supv
MUSIC
Mus score
SOUND
Rec dir
Unit mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
Mus mixer
Mus mixer
DANCE
Dance dir
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit mgr
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on characters created by Max Brand.
AUTHOR
SONGS
"Look at Me," words and music by Earl Brent
"I'm in the Mood for Love," words and music by Dorothy Fields and Jimmy McHugh.
DETAILS
Series:
Alternate Title:
Dr. Red Adams
Release Date:
March 1945
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 28 March 1945
Production Date:
early August--early September 1944
added scenes 22 October--23 October 1944
Copyright Claimant:
Loew's Inc.
Copyright Date:
19 December 1944
Copyright Number:
LP13053
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
82-83
Length(in feet):
7,296
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
10434
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

When his wheelchair-bound, irascible boss, Dr. Leonard B. Gillespie, insists that he take his place at a gala war bond event, hard-working, young physician Randall "Red" Adams reluctantly agrees. To Red's surprise, Dr. Gillespie's wealthy "date" turns out to be Ruth Edley, a sincere socialite whose determination to marry Red is the cause of much gossip at his New York hospital, Blair General. After Red informs Ruth that, although he loves her, he cannot marry her because of her money, his attention is caught by Edna, a singer at the nightclub. Red tells the jealous Ruth that he senses something "peculiar" about Edna, and shortly after, Edna falls unconscious in her dressing room and is rushed to Blair by Red. The next morning, Red questions the revived Edna about her life, and she reveals that she has been unable to eat anything for four days. Red diagnoses Edna with neuropsychiatric self-starvation, but cannot say why she has developed a sudden loathing for food. At the same time, Sally, the hospital's beloved switchboard operator, falls ill after complaining for days about feeling tired and sick. Red diagnoses Sally with Bright's disease, an incurable but controllable urinary condition. Red then returns to Edna's nightclub to question her co-workers about recent events that may have contributed to her illness. Red does his best to uncover useful information about Edna, but learns nothing. Ruth, however, smugly tells Red that he is not asking the right questions and has a chat with Edna's dancer friend Marian. Based on their conversation, Ruth then suggests to Red that Edna's problems may be connected to her boyfriend's ... +


When his wheelchair-bound, irascible boss, Dr. Leonard B. Gillespie, insists that he take his place at a gala war bond event, hard-working, young physician Randall "Red" Adams reluctantly agrees. To Red's surprise, Dr. Gillespie's wealthy "date" turns out to be Ruth Edley, a sincere socialite whose determination to marry Red is the cause of much gossip at his New York hospital, Blair General. After Red informs Ruth that, although he loves her, he cannot marry her because of her money, his attention is caught by Edna, a singer at the nightclub. Red tells the jealous Ruth that he senses something "peculiar" about Edna, and shortly after, Edna falls unconscious in her dressing room and is rushed to Blair by Red. The next morning, Red questions the revived Edna about her life, and she reveals that she has been unable to eat anything for four days. Red diagnoses Edna with neuropsychiatric self-starvation, but cannot say why she has developed a sudden loathing for food. At the same time, Sally, the hospital's beloved switchboard operator, falls ill after complaining for days about feeling tired and sick. Red diagnoses Sally with Bright's disease, an incurable but controllable urinary condition. Red then returns to Edna's nightclub to question her co-workers about recent events that may have contributed to her illness. Red does his best to uncover useful information about Edna, but learns nothing. Ruth, however, smugly tells Red that he is not asking the right questions and has a chat with Edna's dancer friend Marian. Based on their conversation, Ruth then suggests to Red that Edna's problems may be connected to her boyfriend's former admirer, Sylvia. Following Ruth's lead, Red returns to the hospital with Sylvia's theatrical agent, Goff, and drills Edna about her relationship with Sylvia, a dancer at the club. Edna states that after she became involved with her boyfriend, she and a jealous Sylvia began to fight, and Sylvia was eventually fired. Sometime later, Sylvia, a known drinker, died from starvation, and after hearing the news, Edna stopped eating. At Red's urging, the agent then reveals that Sylvia was fired after giving the stage manager an ultimatum, and did not starve because she lacked money, but because she was drinking too much. Convinced now that she was in no way responsible for Sylvia's death, Edna declares herself cured and looks forward to her next meal. Sally, meanwhile, is experiencing great pain, and Red is forced to reconsider his diagnosis. Upon examining some X-rays, Red concludes that she has a blocked kidney and requires emergency surgery. Sally, who feared she had cancer, is relieved by the diagnosis but insists that Red, on whom she has a crush, perform the operation. Despite some life-threatening complications, the operation is successful, and Sally makes a full recovery. Later, Red, Ruth, Sally, Dr. Gillespie and Red's fellow physician Dr. Lee attend another war bond event at the nightclub, and this time, Red eagerly kisses Ruth in exchange for war bonds. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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