Oh, Doctor


1h 12m 1937

Film Details

Release Date
May 23, 1937
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Oh, Doctor! by Harry Leon Wilson (New York, 1923).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 12m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
8 reels

Synopsis

In six months, hypochondriac Edward "Ned" J. Billop, reared by maiden aunts, will inherit half a million dollars, but he is sure he will not live until then. Forced to leave the hospital in which he has been living, Ned goes by boat to California. There he meets four crooks, Shirley Truman, "Doc" Erasmus Thurber, "Marty" Short and "Meg" Smith, and agrees to sell them his legacy in exchange for $50,000 so that he might live out his last days in luxury. In California, Ned rents a huge house where he and the crooks live out his last days. The crooks hire unsuspecting nurse Helen Frohman to attend to Ned, and he falls in love with her. When the athletic landlord, William Hall, vies with Ned for Helen's affection, he performs daring stunts to outdo Hall, including auto racing, high diving and wrestling a bear, and eventually overcomes his hypochondria. When Helen finds out that the crooks will get Ned's inheritance and is herself accused of being one of them, she tries to break their contract. The crooks will not relent, however, until Ned hangs himself by his belt from the window ledge of their twelfth story office building and threatens to commit suicide, which would nullify his inheritance. Looking forward to a rich and happy future, Ned drives Helen to the justice of the peace in his race car.

Film Details

Release Date
May 23, 1937
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Oh, Doctor! by Harry Leon Wilson (New York, 1923).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 12m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
8 reels

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Trivia

Notes

Some reviews spell the title Oh, Doctor!. A Hollywood Reporter news item on February 15, 1937 announced that Alfred Werker, originally scheduled to direct, was being replaced by Raymond B. McCarey. On March 9, 1937, Hollywood Reporter announced that Stubby Kruger, a swimming champion from the 1924 Los Angeles Olympics, would be performing in the water scenes in this film. His participation in the final film, however, has not been confirmed. Copyright records list Charles Previn as music director, while all other sources credit Lou Forbes. This film is a remake of the 1925 Universal film Oh, Doctor!, directed by Harry A. Pollard and starring Reginald Denny and Mary Astor (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.3923).