Bullet Scars


59m 1942
Bullet Scars

Brief Synopsis

Hoods kidnap an honest doctor to patch up one of their own.

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Film Details

Genre
Drama
Crime
Release Date
Mar 7, 1942
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
59m
Sound
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

Synopsis

During a bank robbery, Joe Madison, one of the robbers, is seriously wounded. Frank Dillon, the head of the gang, takes Joe to a doctor for treatment, but when the doctor tries to warn the police, Dillon kills him. While the rest of the gang takes Joe to a hideout in the mountains, one gangster brings Joe's sister Nora, a nurse, to care for her brother. Telling the local doctor, Steven Bishop, that Joe was wounded in a hunting accident, Dillon persuades him to treat the injured man. With Nora's help, Steve performs emergency brain surgery, but afterward Joe's prognosis is poor. Dillon offers Steve a large salary and his own lab if he will stay at the hideout and take care of Joe, but privately, Dillon warns Nora that he will kill Steve if he learns the truth about Joe's injury. Slowly, Steve becomes aware that he and Nora are being closely guarded and are only allowed to travel to town if they are accompanied by one of the gang. On one such trip, a policeman mentions the bank robbery, and Nora whispers to Steve that Dillon's men committed the crime. When Joe develops a serious infection, Nora tells Steve that if Joe dies, Dillon will kill him. Steve and Nora nurse Joe through the night, but despite their efforts, he dies in the morning. They decide to keep the news of Joe's death from Dillon as long as possible. Pretending that he needs to fill a prescription, Steve writes a plea for help in Latin and sends a gang member to town with it. When Dillon discovers that Joe is dead, Steve and Nora make a break for safety. They are involved in a gunfight with the gang when the police arrive and overcome the gang. Nora and Steve, who have fallen in love, will now marry.

Film Details

Genre
Drama
Crime
Release Date
Mar 7, 1942
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
59m
Sound
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

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Bullet Scars -


It only took Warner Bros. seven years to remake their classic gangster film Dr. Socrates (1935) twice. The first version starred Paul Muni as a small-town doctor kidnapped by gangsters to save one of them who's been critically wounded during a bank robbery. The story underwent a sex change in 1939, with doctor Kay Francis facing down Humphrey Bogart as the King of the Underworld. For this new version, it was back to a male doctor with Regis Toomey trying to escape from Howard da Silva. This third version takes a decidedly lighter touch. Released through Warner's B unit, it features mostly character players. Toomey was a Warner's stalwart through the '30s, though he usually only played leads in B movies. In A pictures he was most often the other man who loses the leading lady. After testing for the role of Scarlett O'Hara, Adele Longmire made her screen debut as the injured man's sister. She and da Silva had both appeared on Broadway in Abe Lincoln in Illinois and Elmer Rice's Two on an Island, which brought them offers from Warner Bros. She returned to the stage right after this picture, but da Silva continued in films until 1951, when his career was sidetracked by the blacklist.

By Frank Miller
Bullet Scars -

Bullet Scars -

It only took Warner Bros. seven years to remake their classic gangster film Dr. Socrates (1935) twice. The first version starred Paul Muni as a small-town doctor kidnapped by gangsters to save one of them who's been critically wounded during a bank robbery. The story underwent a sex change in 1939, with doctor Kay Francis facing down Humphrey Bogart as the King of the Underworld. For this new version, it was back to a male doctor with Regis Toomey trying to escape from Howard da Silva. This third version takes a decidedly lighter touch. Released through Warner's B unit, it features mostly character players. Toomey was a Warner's stalwart through the '30s, though he usually only played leads in B movies. In A pictures he was most often the other man who loses the leading lady. After testing for the role of Scarlett O'Hara, Adele Longmire made her screen debut as the injured man's sister. She and da Silva had both appeared on Broadway in Abe Lincoln in Illinois and Elmer Rice's Two on an Island, which brought them offers from Warner Bros. She returned to the stage right after this picture, but da Silva continued in films until 1951, when his career was sidetracked by the blacklist. By Frank Miller

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Adele Longmire made her screen debut in this film.