The Courageous Dr. Christian


1h 7m 1940

Film Details

Release Date
Apr 5, 1940
Premiere Information
New York opening: week of 29 Mar 1940
Production Company
Stephens-Lang Productions
Distribution Company
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 7m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
5,988ft

Synopsis

Shocked by the living conditions of a settlement of homeless people in Squatterstown, kindly Dr. Paul Christian offers Dave Williams, a young man who has been hardened by his life as a squatter, a job. Next, the doctor asks the city council to build public housing for the homeless, to which the council replies that if the doctor can convince the town curmudgeon, Mrs. Norma Stewart, to donate her vacant property for the site, they will accede to the doctor's request. Mrs. Stewart, who has a crush on the doctor, dispatches her two little wards, Jack and Ruth Williams, with the deed to the property and a note offering the land in exchange for the doctor's hand in marriage. The mischievous children instead drop the letter down a sewer grate, and after he accepts the deed, the doctor learns, too late, the price that he must pay for it. Although the doctor keeps his end of the bargain, the city council reneges on their agreement to build housing, and Dave moves the squatters onto a vacant lot. As the police prepare to forcibly remove them, Dr. Christian discovers an epidemic of spinal meningitis and quarantines the area. This forces the townspeople to witness the plight of the homeless, thus arousing their sympathy, and they vote for the construction of public housing. All ends happily as Dave, inspired by Dr. Christian, has his faith in humanity restored and Mrs. Stewart decides to devote her life to her little wards rather than to the doctor.

Film Details

Release Date
Apr 5, 1940
Premiere Information
New York opening: week of 29 Mar 1940
Production Company
Stephens-Lang Productions
Distribution Company
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 7m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
5,988ft

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Notes

This was the second picture in the Dr. Christian series. For additional information on the series, consult the Series Index and see below for Meet Dr. Christian.