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Alias the Doctor (1932)

Passed | | Drama | 26 March 1932 (USA)
Karl is the workaholic adopted son while Stephan is the lazy one. They both go to Munich to study medicine and Karl is at the top of the class while Stephan is barely passing. When ... See full summary »

Directors:

Michael Curtiz, Lloyd Bacon (uncredited)

Writers:

Imre Földes (play) (as Emric Foeldes), Houston Branch (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Barthelmess ... Karl Brenner
Marian Marsh ... Lotti Brenner
Norman Foster ... Stephan Brenner
Adrienne Dore ... Anna
Lucille La Verne ... Martha Brenner, Karl's foster mother (as Lucille LaVerne)
Oscar Apfel ... Keller
John St. Polis ... Dr. Niergardt
George Rosener ... Dr. Franz von Bergman
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Karl is the workaholic adopted son while Stephan is the lazy one. They both go to Munich to study medicine and Karl is at the top of the class while Stephan is barely passing. When Stephan's actions causes the death of Anna, Karl is the one who takes the wrap and three years in prison. When he gets out, he finds Stephan is dead and a sick child needs an operation and he does brilliant surgery. This gets him noticed and his mother tells them that he is Stephan Brenner, not Karl Brenner. She tells Karl that he must cure sickness in the world. But, being that he is Stephan, he can no longer marry Lottie, as she is now his sister. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Their love was buried alive with an "alias" for its epitaph See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 March 1932 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Several actors are in studio records/casting call lists as cast members, but do not appear in the movie. These are (with their character names): Boris Karloff (autopsy surgeon), Claire Dodd (Mrs. Beverly) and Reginald Barlow (professor of the university). Karloff was replaced by Nigel De Brulier when he was not available for retakes and the British censors objected to the gruesomeness of his scenes. See more »

Alternate Versions

Boris Karloff was replaced by Nigel De Brulier when he was not available for retakes and the British censors objected to the gruesomeness of his scenes. Reportedly, only some of the prints were changed (including the print shown on the Turner Classic Movies channel), so that other prints may exist with Karloff in the cast. See more »

Connections

Alternate-language version of Le cas du docteur Brenner (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

Academic Festival Overture in C, Opus 80
(1880) (uncredited)
Written by Johannes Brahms
Lyricist unknown
Played at the medical school graduation and sung by the graduates
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23 November 2014 | by kcfl-1See all my reviews

This could be used in a film class to demonstrate how to make a perfect one-hour movie. All the elements combine brilliantly:

• The expressionistic design of Anton Grot

• The "telling" visual style of directors Michael Curtiz and Lloyd Bacon. The final operation alone is as perfectly shot as the shower scene in "Psycho."

• The acting. Richard Barthelmess shows why he was the best pre-Code actor; Lucile LaVerne is a revelation to me; and everyone else in smaller parts does a bang-up job.

Also interesting as a display of state-of-the-art medicine in the early 1930's.


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