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A famous doctor falls in love with his beautiful teenage ward and causes scandal and misery in his family.
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 58 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
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  • Originally Released: 1933
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33

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Description by OLDIES.com:

Successful doctor Micheal Travers (Lew Cody) juggles a busy schedule of patients and their imaginary illnesses as well as charity cases while still trying to find time to spend with his outgoing socialite fiance Diane Manners (Aileen Pringle). When a woman suddenly dies of heart failure in his office, Travers takes an interest in her young daughter Judy (Sally O'Neil), making her his ward. Upon return from a three-year speaking engagement in Europe, Travers finds himself falling in love with Judy, despite her now being engaged to Diane's younger brother (Edward Morgan). Tensions rise as the four suddenly become aware of each others' intertwined feelings.

Director Frank Strayer's early career was spent on Poverty Row churning out dozens of low budget dramas, mysteries and horror films which include Condemned to Live, The Ghost Walks, Death from a Distance and the Fay Wray / Lionel Atwill genre classic The Vampire Bat. Later Strayer graduated upward to the majors and is best remembered for a series of Blondie movies made in the 40s.

Product Description:

A Doctor finds himself falling in love with a young woman whose mother dies of a heart attack. Little does he know the young woman is about to marry his fiances brother.

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Love Story | Love Triangles

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Customer Rating: Rating 3.9
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Rating 4.0 Couldn't Do That Today Movie Lover: from Pittsburgh, PA US -- November, 14, 2005

This creaky little film just missed being in really bad taste - with subject matter today's viewers would find uncomfortable and even, dare we say it, more than a little disgusting. The kindly doctor guiltily rescues the barely-teenage daughter of the neglected widow who dies in his office by taking the girl home with him and making her his ward. She should have remained like a daughter to him, with the kindly affection in which he treated her continuing as she finished school. Instead, home from his world lecture tour, seeing the girl just out of boarding school - aged only seventeen - the middle-aged doctor is smitten, and jealously wants to forbid her marriage to the appropriately-aged younger brother of his own mid-life fiance. Imagine the public uproar if that happened today. First of all, the girl was too young to marry anybody, let alone her young boyfriend, but, "in those days. . . . "

Aileen Pringle plays her interesting, pseudo-British-accented character as a reprise of another middle aged lady who also almost completely misses out on her chance for love: the professor/housemother in the 1932 RKO movie The Age of Consent. Luckily, in advising the students and bailing them out of trouble after a tragic accident, her own middle-aged professor boyfriend sees the sense in not letting the chance at romance flee. It makes one wonder if perhaps Pringle was a little typecast in this character?

The movie fascinates with the doings of an early 30's "busy doctor's office" and how rich, important patients and friends obviously came before the poor sick woman who had to wait all day for an appointment. If the actress as the girl ward wasn't quite believable as an artless 14-year-old, the story still moved along, after sliding into some rather predictable trite melodrama before the end.


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