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The Mad Doctor

The Mad Doctor(1941)

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The working titles of this film were A Date with Destiny and Destiny. Although screen credits and the Paramount Produced Properties listing indicate that the film is based on a screenplay by Howard J. Green, early drafts of the screenplay, titled The Monster and re-titled Destiny, were written by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur. The contributions of Hecht and MacArthur to the final screenplay have not been confirmed. Hollywood Reporter news items indicate that actors Ruth Rogers, Wanda McKay and Max Wagner were cast in the film; however, their appearance in the completed film has not been confirmed. According to modern sources, Basil Rathbone did not accept his part in this film until specific changes were made to the script. The Hollywood Reporter review called the film "one of the top efforts of its type" due to the "beautifully imaginative direction of Tim Whelan and the stunning performance of Basil Rathbone."