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Wife, Doctor and Nurse (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 17 September 1937 (USA)
Social butterfly (Young) marries Park Avenue doctor (Baxter) and learns that his nurse (Bruce) is in love with him.


Walter Lang


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Loretta Young ... Ina Heath Lewis
Warner Baxter ... Dr. Judd Lewis
Virginia Bruce ... Steve aka Miss Stephens
Jane Darwell ... Mrs. Krueger
Sidney Blackmer ... Dr. Therberg
Maurice Cass Maurice Cass ... Pompout
Minna Gombell ... Constance
Margaret Irving ... Mrs. Cunningham
Bill Elliott ... Bruce Thomas (as Gordon Elliott)
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Glen Wylie
Paul Hurst ... Bill
Hal K. Dawson Hal K. Dawson ... Dr. Hedges
George Ernest ... Red
Georges Renavent Georges Renavent ... Nick
Spencer Charters ... Uncle


Social butterfly (Young) marries Park Avenue doctor (Baxter) and learns that his nurse (Bruce) is in love with him.

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A new design for living, loving and laughing!


Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

17 September 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jeux de dames See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The doctor is in...and out
19 September 2017 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

1937's "Wife, Doctor and Nurse" is a supposed comedy which often forgets about the humor to focus squarely on the soap opera life of Park Avenue doctor Judd Lewis (Warner Baxter), recently wed to somewhat spoiled socialite Ina Heath (Loretta Young), who tries to put up with his frequent absences performing surgeries at the hospital. Matters are further complicated by the fact that his devoted nurse Steve (Virginia Bruce) has been unknowingly in love with her employer for years, only realizing it now that he has married another. Incredibly, both females decide to leave rather than risk being a 'frustrated woman,' the indecisive finale proving not only improbable but also objectionable for the censors of the day, forcing studio chief Darryl Zanuck to bow to their demands for numerous cuts. Today's audiences will find little meat on these tired bones, so it's up to the cast to keep everything afloat, Baxter and Young an unlikely pair, an age difference of 24 years, Virginia Bruce coming off better on less to work with. Few among the supporting cast have moments to shine, small roles for Jane Darwell (as the doctor's housekeeper), Sidney Blackmer (as a fellow surgeon), and Elisha Cook as an interne. It's particularly disappointing for Lon Chaney fans, during his two year sabbatical as a Fox contract player, billed on screen as the doctor's chauffeur Scott, but around 80 seconds screen time and little dialogue. Unbilled in 20 of his 32 titles for Fox, this part turns out to be just another bit for an actor still awaiting his big break two years away from "Of Mice and Men."

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