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The Man Called Back


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Disgraced London doctor David Yorke is drinking himself into oblivion in a South Seas bar when he is called to the bedside of socialite Diana St. Claire, who has been badly injured in a riding mishap. Smitten by Diana's beauty and kindness, David swears off the bottle as he nurses her back to health. He returns to London, where he rises to prominence once again. Here he crosses paths with his beloved Diana, and is shocked to find her married to wealthy Gordon St. Claire, a notorious womanizer. Gordon humiliates his wife on a daily basis, even forcing her to entertain his lovers at their home. When he is poisoned, Diana is arrested and charged with murder. As scandalous headlines fill the newspapers, David works desperately to try to prove the innocence of the woman he loves.

Conrad Nagel's long film career began in the silent era (Little Women, 1918), extended to the 1950s (All That Heaven Allows, 1955) and later into television through the 1960s. A founding member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1927, Nagel received an honorary Academy Award for his work with the Motion Picture Relief Fund in 1940. Co-star Doris Kenyon first appeared on stage and screen in 1915, and played against top leading men including Rudolph Valentino and Milton Sills, her future husband. She successfully made the transition to sound with her most notable role in 1939's The Man In The Iron Mask. A Man Called Back has a fine supporting cast, including Alan Mowbray, Mae Busch and John Halliday turning in a fine performance as the despicable Gordon St. Claire.


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  • Actors: Conrad Nagel, Doris Kenyon, John Halliday, Juliette Compton, Reginald Owen
  • Directors: Robert Florey
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Alpha Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 26, 2013
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B00BQMP35I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #382,780 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I liked the movie, but the audio quality is quite poor and the video quality is so-so. I don't think it has been re-mastered at all. There is a lot of "hum" and fuzz in the audio and when you turn the volume up loud enough to hear the voices, the "hum" gets even louder. It can make it hard to hear all the dialogue. The picture quality is okay...it's not quality by any means, but it is very watchable.

I really liked the movie. If you're a 30s movie fan (especially early 30s), then I think you will like this. I'm a Conrad Nagel fan, so I especially enjoyed it.

PLOT SUMMARY: *SPOILERS!* Don't read if you want to be surprised!

The story is of a doctor (Nagel) with a drinking problem who exiled himself due to a failed surgery on a child and has been drinking himself into oblivion to run from the memory of it. He is able to help a woman with his doctoring and in turn she inspires him to start anew. Because of her, he gives up his drinking and starts to believe in life again. They are parted for a time, but then meet again. He discovers she is married...unhappily married to a philanderer. However, they are honorable in their relationship, keeping it only a friendship, although they do love each other. The husband's health begins to fail due to drinking, drugs, and wild living. The husband discovers that his wife is in love with Nagel and vows to destroy Nagel's career. However, when his heart is failing he takes what he thinks is his heart medicine, but he mistakenly uses the bottle next to it which is poison (his wife had bought it to use on herself). Neither Nagel nor the wife see this happen. The authorities arrest the wife, thinking that she poisoned her husband. It is only revealed at the end what truly happened when the "maid" tells the truth, as she was the only one who saw what happened.
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