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White Legion (1936)

In the early 1900s, as the Panama Canal is being built, a group of doctors try to discover a cure for yellow fever, a disease that is decimating the workers constructing the canal.

Director:

Karl Brown

Writer:

Karl Brown (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Ian Keith ... Dr. Julian Murray
Tala Birell ... Dr. Sterne
Ferdinand Gottschalk ... Dr. Fontaine
Suzanne Kaaren ... Gloria Blank
Lionel Pape ... Dr. Travis
Rollo Lloyd ... The Colonel
Teru Shimada ... Dr. Nogi (as Teru Shumada)
Nigel De Brulier ... Father Gonzales (as Nigel de Brulier)
Nina Campana Nina Campana ... Maria
Warner Richmond ... Burke
Ferdinand Munier ... Sen. Blank
Harry Allen Harry Allen ... McKenzie
Don Barclay ... Miggs
'Snub' Pollard ... Baker (as Snub Pollard)
Robert Warwick ... Capt. Parker
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In the early 1900s, as the Panama Canal is being built, a group of doctors try to discover a cure for yellow fever, a disease that is decimating the workers constructing the canal.

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hell-Hole Named Panama See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

B. F. Ziedman Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Connections

Referenced in Something to Sing About (1937) See more »

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Play The Doctor's March Again
22 July 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Doctors arrive in the Canal Zone, hoping to eliminate Yellow Fever. It's an international group, with two American men one British doctor, one Mitteleuropean, and one Japanese, in the middle of the jungle under the command of Dr. Ian Keith.

It's a well-meaning Grand National picture, written and directed by Karl Brown. Brown clearly had some serious things to say about the March Of Progress, but he also knew that his audience wanted some romance, some death defying, and a goodly amount of all around melodrama and some comic relief that kept to the main point. the script provides all of that, with the doctors valiantly fighting for the honor of conquering death, Tala Birell (the Mitteleuropean doctor) and Suzanne Kaaren in a low-key match-off for his affections, and Ferdinand Munier as the pompous senator,

It's a little more strident than my taste calls for, and Hugo Riesenfeld provides a pompous little march to presage the doctors as they stride forward to carry out their glorious mission. You can say, however, that it is well-meaning, like the biopics that Warner Brothers were producing for Muni and Robinson at this point.


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