The Country Doctor

The Country Doctor

Jean Hersholt
Director: Henry King Cast: Jean Hersholt
Jean Hersholt
, June Lang
June Lang
, George "Slim" Summerville
George "Slim" Summerville
Henry King

DVD (B&W / Full Frame)

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The well-publicized (and overexploited) birth of Canada's Dionne Quintuplets in 1934 formed the basis of The Country Doctor. Jean Hersholt starred as Dr. Allan Dafoe, the real-life medico who delivered the famous quints (who appear in person towards the end of the film). The film recounts Dafoe's difficulties in ministering to the somewhat backward residents of his tiny Canadian community, and his battle with a local bigwig who wants to bring in a "modern" doctor. The Dionne births transform Dafoe into a local hero, leading to his winning of the Order of the British Empire. In real life, Dr. Dafoe effectively wrested custody of the Dionne quints away from the parents, then cashed in on the subsequent merchandising; later on, public opinion would turn against Dafoe, defiling him as an opportunistic cad.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/01/2012
UPC: 0024543827283
Original Release: 1936
Rating: NR
Source: Fox Mod
Presentation: [B&W, Full Frame]
Time: 1:35:00
Sales rank: 47,653

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jean Hersholt Dr. John Luke
June Lang Mary MacKenzie
George "Slim" Summerville Constable Jim Ogden
Michael Whalen Tony Luke
Dorothy Peterson Nurse Katherine Kennedy
Robert H. Barrat Mac Kenzie
Jane Darwell Mrs. Graham
John Qualen Asa Wyatt
Frank Reicher Dr. Paul Luke
Montagu Love Sir Basil Crawford
David Torrence Governor General
George Chandler Greasy
Helen Jerome Eddy Mrs. Ogden
Aileen Carlyle Mrs. Wyatt
George Meeker Dr. Wilson
J. Anthony Hughes Mike
William Benedict The Gawker
William Conlon Peg-leg Walter
Dionne Quintuplets Quintuplet

Technical Credits
Henry King Director
Daniel Clark Cinematographer
Allan Dafoe Consultant/advisor
Nunnally Johnson Producer
Sonya Levien Screenwriter
Barbara McLean Editor
John F. Seitz Cinematographer
Louis Silvers Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Darryl F. Zanuck Producer

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