Oh, Doctor (1937)

67 or 70 mins | Comedy | 23 May 1937

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HISTORY

Some reviews spell the title Oh, Doctor! . A HR news item on 15 Feb 1937 announced that Alfred Werker, originally scheduled to direct, was being replaced by Raymond B. McCarey. On 9 Mar 1937, HR announced that Stubby Kruger , a swimming champion from the 1924 Los Angeles Olympics, would be performing in the water scenes in this film. His participation in the final film, however, has not been confirmed. Copyright records list Charles Previn as music director, while all other sources credit Lou Forbes. This film is a remake of the 1925 Universal film Oh, Doctor! , directed by Harry A. Pollard and starring Reginald Denny and Mary Astor (see ... More Less

Some reviews spell the title Oh, Doctor! . A HR news item on 15 Feb 1937 announced that Alfred Werker, originally scheduled to direct, was being replaced by Raymond B. McCarey. On 9 Mar 1937, HR announced that Stubby Kruger , a swimming champion from the 1924 Los Angeles Olympics, would be performing in the water scenes in this film. His participation in the final film, however, has not been confirmed. Copyright records list Charles Previn as music director, while all other sources credit Lou Forbes. This film is a remake of the 1925 Universal film Oh, Doctor! , directed by Harry A. Pollard and starring Reginald Denny and Mary Astor (see entry). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
17 Apr 37
p. 3.
Film Daily
22 Apr 37
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Feb 37
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Feb 37
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Mar 37
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Apr 37
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
19 Apr 37
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald
24 Apr 37
p. 46.
Variety
23 Jun 37
p. 33.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir assoc
FILM EDITOR
MUSIC
Mus dir
Mus dir
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Oh, Doctor! by Harry Leon Wilson (New York, 1923).
DETAILS
Release Date:
23 May 1937
Production Date:
began 22 February 1937
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Co.
Copyright Date:
10 May 1937
Copyright Number:
LP7124
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
67 or 70
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
3206
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In six months, hypochondriac Edward "Ned" J. Billop, reared by maiden aunts, will inherit half a million dollars, but he is sure he will not live until then. Forced to leave the hospital in which he has been living, Ned goes by boat to California. There he meets four crooks, Shirley Truman, "Doc" Erasmus Thurber, "Marty" Short and "Meg" Smith, and agrees to sell them his legacy in exchange for $50,000 so that he might live out his last days in luxury. In California, Ned rents a huge house where he and the crooks live out his last days. The crooks hire unsuspecting nurse Helen Frohman to attend to Ned, and he falls in love with her. When the athletic landlord, William Hall, vies with Ned for Helen's affection, he performs daring stunts to outdo Hall, including auto racing, high diving and wrestling a bear, and eventually overcomes his hypochondria. When Helen finds out that the crooks will get Ned's inheritance and is herself accused of being one of them, she tries to break their contract. The crooks will not relent, however, until Ned hangs himself by his belt from the window ledge of their twelfth story office building and threatens to commit suicide, which would nullify his inheritance. Looking forward to a rich and happy future, Ned drives Helen to the justice of the peace in his race ... +


In six months, hypochondriac Edward "Ned" J. Billop, reared by maiden aunts, will inherit half a million dollars, but he is sure he will not live until then. Forced to leave the hospital in which he has been living, Ned goes by boat to California. There he meets four crooks, Shirley Truman, "Doc" Erasmus Thurber, "Marty" Short and "Meg" Smith, and agrees to sell them his legacy in exchange for $50,000 so that he might live out his last days in luxury. In California, Ned rents a huge house where he and the crooks live out his last days. The crooks hire unsuspecting nurse Helen Frohman to attend to Ned, and he falls in love with her. When the athletic landlord, William Hall, vies with Ned for Helen's affection, he performs daring stunts to outdo Hall, including auto racing, high diving and wrestling a bear, and eventually overcomes his hypochondria. When Helen finds out that the crooks will get Ned's inheritance and is herself accused of being one of them, she tries to break their contract. The crooks will not relent, however, until Ned hangs himself by his belt from the window ledge of their twelfth story office building and threatens to commit suicide, which would nullify his inheritance. Looking forward to a rich and happy future, Ned drives Helen to the justice of the peace in his race car. +

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