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Dr. Monica Brayden, a successful physician, is the central character in this story. Unbeknownst to her, her successful journalist husband has had an affair with one of her acquaintances, Mary Hathaway. John then embarks on an extended trip to Europe, leaving Mary pregnant. Mary is torn between her friendship for Monica and the baby she carries. Just before the baby is to be delivered, Monica finds out who the father in fact is. John has broken all ties with Mary, but Monica, who still hasn't told John about her friend's pregnancy, is prepared to leave her husband for good. Mary, who is distraught yet grateful to Monica for caring for her and her baby, is the only one who can keep the couple together.Written by
I'm in agreement with the reviewer who said that The Code probably ruined this
film. As it is it's the kind of hgh gloss soap opera that used to be referred to
as women's pictures.
Kay Francis is in the title role and she's a most successful doctor, an obstetrician
who delivers the world's babies but has none of her own. Not that her husband
Warren William isn't generous. In fact he's impregnated Amelia Earhart like
aviatrix Jean Muir. and it's Francis who gets to deliver the child and learn at the
same time who the father is.
The presence of the infant girl makes the whole thing an impossible situation.
One of them is going to have to realize that her duty is clear.
Verree Teasdale who is friend to all is keeper of the secrets. Her's is the only
other role of consequence in Dr. Monica.
The four principles are fine although William's part is somewhat submerged with the trio of actresses. I wonder if Dr. Monica were made today with the
Code gone how the drama would resolve itself.
Some strong similarities between Dr. Monica and the Katharine Hepburn classic
done at RKO, Christopher Strong.
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