Doctor Bull (1933)

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    • Doctor Bull (1933)



      Information from IMDb

      Plot Summary
      Dr. Bull is an old-fashioned country doctor whose affair with the widow Janet Cardmaker
      is creating waves in the small town where he practices.
      When there is a mysterious outbreak of typhoid which the doctor is slow in reacting to,
      it all comes to a head.
      The townspeople hold an emergency meeting and decide to give Dr. Bull the sack
      and bring in a new doctor. Dr. Bull must find a way to save his job,
      his reputation, and a young man's life, whom all other practitioners
      have written off as a permanent invalid.
      Written by Alfred Jingle

      Full Cast
      Will Rogers ... Dr. George 'Doc' Bull
      Vera Allen ... Mrs. Janet 'Jane' Cardmaker, Widow of Charles Edward Cardmaker / Bull's Girlfriend
      Marian Nixon ... May Tupping - Telephone Operator
      Howard Lally ... Joe Tupping
      Berton Churchill ... Herbert Banning - Janet's Brother
      Louise Dresser ... Mrs. Herbert Banning
      Andy Devine ... Larry Ward, Sodajerk
      Rochelle Hudson ... Virginia (Muller) / Banning
      Tempe Pigott ... Grandma Banning
      Elizabeth Patterson ... Aunt Patricia Banning
      Nora Cecil ... Aunt Emily Banning
      Ralph Morgan ... Dr. Verney, Owner Verney Laboratory
      Patsy O'Byrne ... Susan - Dr. Bull's Cook
      Veda Buckland ... Mary - Janet's Maid
      Effie Ellsler ... Aunt Myra Bull
      Helen Freeman ... Helen Upjohn, New Winton Postmistress
      Reginald Barlow ... Supporter #1 for Dr. Bull (uncredited)
      Louise Carter ... Mrs. Ely, New Winton's Gossip (uncredited)
      James Donlan ... Harry Weems - Supporter #3 for Dr. Bull (uncredited)
      Mike Donlin ... Lester Dunn - Supporter #2 for Dr. Bull (uncredited)
      Francis Ford ... Mr. Herring, Metting Chairman (uncredited)
      Mary Gordon ... Townswoman at Meeting (uncredited)
      Ethel Griffies ... Miss Ace (uncredited)
      Otis Harlan ... Agitator (uncredited)
      George Humbert ... Louis Papolita, New Father of Boy (uncredited)
      Si Jenks ... Gaylord, Janet's Farmhand (uncredited)
      Cammilla Johnson ... Little Girl (uncredited)
      Marcia Mae Jones ... Ruth, a School Girl (uncredited)
      Charles Middleton ... Mr. Upjohn, Selectman (uncredited)
      Sarah Padden ... Mary the Canning Cook (uncredited)
      Robert Parrish ... Teenager (uncredited)
      Billy Watson ... Billy Watson, School Boy (uncredited)

      Writing Credits
      James Gould Cozzens (novel "The Last Adam")
      Paul Green (adaptation)
      Jane Storm (continuity)
      Philip Klein uncredited

      Original Music
      Samuel Kaylin (uncredited)

      George Schneiderman

      In the book, there are discussions about abortion between Doctor Bull and Virginia Banning. These were dropped from the script after a complaint from the Hays Office. In the movie, there is just a vague notion she is pregnant. Also, the character of Larry Ward had a venereal disease in the book, but in the film he's just a hypochondriac.

      Memorable Quotes
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Re: John Ford- Doctor Bull (1933)

      Doctor Bull is one of the less-often-shown
      of the films that John Ford made at Fox,
      from the first half of the 1930s and was adapted from The Last Adam,
      a novel by James Gould Cozzens.

      The plot, concerning small-town life and morality and a man's running
      afoul of the latter, could hold up well, especially as the man in question
      is played by Will Rogers, who certainly knew how to win an audience over.
      The problem lies in Ford's direction, which seems to be a throwback
      to the silent era in terms of emoting and nuances on the part of the cast,
      coupled with the relative lack of camera movement typical of the early sound era
      (and the silent era circa the teens).
      The primitive acting styles and directorial technique make
      for a surprisingly slow-going 90 minutes for modern viewers,
      even making allowances for the movie's age and giving Ford a
      ll manner of benefits of the doubt.

      User Review
      2 August 2002 | by Kalaman (Ottawa)

      "Doctor Bull" is Ford's first of three collaborations with Will Rogers. Much like their later pictures, it combines humor and drama with greater emphasis on dialogue and performance rather than narrative. Mr. Ford admired Rogers' folksy charm and found in him a figure whose moral wisdom perfectly matched with his own. In these leisurely and unpretentious pictures, Rogers is successfully a healer and reconciler, but, like most of Ford's subsequent protagonists, he is also a melancholy and lonely figure.

      Though it is nowhere near the charm, subtlety and enduring greatness of "Judge Priest"(1934) & "Steamboat 'Round the Bend"(1935), "Doctor Bull" is nonetheless worth seeing for Mr. Rogers' loving portrayal of a small-town Connecticut doctor combating typhus and narrow-mindedness.

      It is interesting to note that in the same year Rogers starred in another whiff of Americana - Henry King's lovely and often underrated "State Fair."
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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