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For me and a lot of other people the strengths of this film outweigh its weaknesses. The proposal scene does not really work, Grant's performance goes off in different directions from time to time, and you have to think Professor Elwell is too smart to be this stupid. But for me the reason I always watch at least the end of this film whenever I can is that the payoff for the mystery of Mr. Shunderson just bowls me over. Walter Slezak is wonderful as always playing Professor Barker, Praetorius's stout supporter, and although it might be a tad forced I love the scene where the three men are playing with the good Doctor's new train set.Read more ›
The movie opening introduces us to the immediate plot line, with Hume Cronyn, playing a stuffy professor of medicine obviously envious of the good Dr. Praetorius, investigating Cary Grant's background prior to arriving at the university. The romantic interest is carried by Dr. Praetorius being smitten with student Jean Crain (who, at 25, was initially considered to be too old to play the co-ed role) and her out-of-wedlock predicament.
If one is asked what the movie is about, it is a queston that is difficult to answer. The plot is fluff, but the themes of medical ethics, humane treatment of patients, selflessness and witch hunt prosecution of the innocent are universal and apropos of modern life. At one point, Dr. Praetorius speaks about the unthinking distillation of medicine to the point of creating a "mechanical doctor." Needless to say, love conquers all and the righteous prevail. All this, set to the rousing strains of Brahms' "Academic Festival Overture."
The supporting cast is wonderful, from Walter Slezak as the loyal friend to Margaret Hamilton in a delightful scene, to Finlay Currie, as Mr. Shunderson, practically stealing every scene he is in. Sidney Blackmer, Will Wright and Basil Ruysdael also play pivotal roles.
Much has been written about Cary Grant, more than can be cited in this small review.Read more ›
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If a doctor could be really wonderful from the perspective of his patients, what would he be like? What kind of a practice would he have, and how would he treat his patients? Read morePublished 4 days ago by HeyDee
Cary Grant is timeless and uses his finesse to make everyone feel good even in the event of adversary.Published 7 days ago by Lizzy
This is my favorite Cary Grant movie. I wish clinics like the main character's really existed. The romantic subplot is sweet and the true story of "The Bat" is a... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Tessa O'Donnell
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