Angels in White


1h 21m 1936

Film Details

Also Known As
The White Legion
Release Date
Oct 13, 1936
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Grand National Films, Inc.
Distribution Company
Grand National Films, Inc.; State Rights
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 21m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
9 reels

Synopsis

In 1905, during the building of the Panama Canal, an international group of doctors and scientists gathers to find a cure for yellow fever, called "Yellow Jack." While the medical experts work under quarantine in a deserted French outpost, native soldiers spray oil over miles of swamps so the virulent mosquito cannot breed. The team comes into conflict with the natives when Nogi, a Japanese scientist, abducts an infected child to save her life, and her father deems Nogi the Devil. After Nogi is whipped in order to restore the natives' faith in their Christian priest, he contributes greatly to a cessation of the disease, and receives a monkey as a gift from the father. The monkey gets into the laboratory and releases the deadly mosquitoes, and the elderly Dr. Fontaine dies after having spent a lifetime trying to prove no person can catch yellow fever twice. Fontaine's death causes Dr. Murray to realize the disease can reside in a host for years without the person knowing he is a carrier. By infecting himself with the blood of Gloria, Senator Blank's daughter, who arrived at the outpost with her father when he became ill, Murray discovers that she is a carrier. In a state of manic fever, Murray implants Fontaine's infected tissue into Gloria, hoping it will create antibodies, and is arrested for attempting to murder her. The inoculation is successful, however, and Gloria lives, while Murray himself is saved by a transfusion from his female admirer and colleague, Dr. Sterne, whom he calls an "angel in white." Having discovered a vaccine, the doctors are free to return home, and Gloria, smitten with Murray, arranges an appointment for him in Washington, D.C. Sterne convinces him, however, to use his talents fighting the black death with her in Ecuador. As their boat sails, the doctors receive a gun salute.

Film Details

Also Known As
The White Legion
Release Date
Oct 13, 1936
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Grand National Films, Inc.
Distribution Company
Grand National Films, Inc.; State Rights
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 21m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
9 reels

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

Although the dramatic portion of the film seemed complete, the viewed print contained no credits. The title card on the viewed print bore the title The White Legend, although this is probably an erroneous reference to The White Legion, under which title the film was also released in 1936. The film was copyrighted under the title White Legion. The 1938 M-G-M film Yellow Jack, directed by George B. Seitz and starring Robert Montgomery, also dealt with the treatment of yellow fever (see below).