Internes Can't Take Money


1h 17m 1937

Brief Synopsis

In a fantastically art-deco hospital, young Dr. Kildare treats and falls for impoverished Janet Healy, widow of a bank robber, who's been in prison and can't find her baby. Later she helps Kildare sew up gangster Hanlon in a tavern back room. Kildare pursues Janet and enlists Hanlon to help her; the gangster's solution, not surprisingly, is violent.

Film Details

Also Known As
You Can't Take Money
Release Date
Apr 16, 1937
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the story "Internes Can't Take Money" by Max Brand in Hearst's International-Cosmopolitan (Mar 1936).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 17m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
8 reels

Synopsis

At New York's Mountview General Hospital, widow Janet Haley faints while intern Dr. Jimmie Kildare treats her for burns. Meanwhile, chief surgeon Dr. Henry J. Fearson fires intern Dr. Weeks for performing an experimental liver operation during which the patient died. Later at the bar where Jimmie is having a beer, Janet approaches gangster Dan Innes to find out how to get back her kidnapped daughter. Innes demands $1,000 for the information, but poverty-stricken Janet is unable to pay. When gangster boss Hanlon collapses at the bar from a knife wound, Jimmie performs an impromptu operation with Janet's help and saves Hanlon's life. The next morning, Janet goes to Innes' residence and he propositions her, but she refuses him. She then goes to work but discovers that she has been fired because of tardiness. Jimmie decides to visit Janet because she did not show up for her follow-up appointment. He first stops at the bar, where the bartender gives him $1,000 from Hanlon for saving his life. Later, Janet tries to steal the money, but Jimmie catches her and, disillusioned, leaves. Jimmie returns the money to Hanlon, explaining that interns are not allowed to receive payments for their services. Finally, Janet agrees to Innes' proposition and gives Jimmie an explanatory note. To repay Jimmie's favor, Hanlon rounds up his men and stops Innes and Janet before they leave town. Innes is shot, however, and Jimmie must perform the experimental liver operation. The operation is successful and Janet is reunited with her long-lost daughter.

Film Details

Also Known As
You Can't Take Money
Release Date
Apr 16, 1937
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the story "Internes Can't Take Money" by Max Brand in Hearst's International-Cosmopolitan (Mar 1936).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 17m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
8 reels

Quotes

Maybe it's the cops.
- Bookie
Cops don't knock, they break in.
- 'Chief' Hanlon

Trivia

First in the Dr. Kildare series. MGM continued the series and recast Lew Ayres as Dr. Kildare.

Notes

At the time of the film's release, the word "intern" was spelled with an "e" at the end, however, modern usage has dropped the last letter. The pre-release title was You Can't Take Money. According to the pressbook, technical advisor Dr. John J. Toma was chief resident physician at Hollywood Hospital, and the cast included ten interns from the same hospital. From the 1940s to the 1970s Max Brand wrote several novels featuring Dr. Kildare. In 1938, M-G-M initiated a successful series of films based on the same character. For information on that series, see the entry for Young Doctor Kildare below.