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Dr. Monica (1934)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 23 June 1934 (USA)
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, ... See full summary »

Directors:

William Keighley, William Dieterle (uncredited)

Writers:

Charles Kenyon (adaptation), Laura Walker (english adaptation) (as Laura Walker Mayer) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kay Francis ... Dr. Monica
Warren William ... John
Jean Muir ... Mary
Verree Teasdale ... Anna
Emma Dunn ... Mrs. Monahan
Phillip Reed ... 'Bunny' Burton
Herbert Bunston ... Mr. Pettinghill
Ann Shoemaker ... Mrs. Hazlitt
Virginia Hammond ... Mrs. Chandor
Hale Hamilton ... Dr. Brent
Virginia Pine ... Louise
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Storyline

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 bughouse

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 June 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Doctor Monica See more »

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Budget:

$167,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

| (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Trade papers announced this film as running 65 minutes. The surviving print runs only 53 minutes, The censors trimmed scenes involving adultery, pregnancy, unwed mothers, and suicide. See more »

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When John is leaving for Europe, in the wide shots of the ship leaving the dock, two different ships are shown, although they have a similar paint scheme. See more »

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Featured in Complicated Women (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Locked Out
(1933) (uncredited)
Music by Ray Noble
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Her duty was clear
14 July 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

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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