A "professor" hits Dr. Christian's town, promising the local women dramatic weight loss in a very short time if they follow his regimen of strict diet and a particular type of diet pill. Dr... See full summary »
William C. McGann
In the sixth entry of this series, Dr. Paul Christian is giving a party for Janie Webster, a motherless little girl of nine, with a fine singing voice. But, as her father, Bob Webster, is ... See full summary »
Erle C. Kenton
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Barbara Carlin attends her own funeral and returns home suspecting that her husband, Rod Carlin, had tried to do away with her, and is also (rightfully) curious as to just who was the woman... See full summary »
Dr. Christian takes an interest in a young boy, a violin prodigy, whose mother is a divorced music teacher. His interest isn't just in the boy's music career--he believes it would be best ... See full summary »
Detective Sam Campbell and his perky sidekick Robby Vance are called in on a routine child support dispute. Things take an unexpected turn when the client's ex-father-in-law, the head of a ... See full summary »
A boarding house run by a former criminal who's made ammends since she's become paralysed is home to a group of older women - all whom also have criminal pasts. Word soon arrives that a ... See full summary »
A college friend of the local soda-jerk comes to town and lets it be known that he's looking for property on which to build a resort. When he buys some land and suddenly "discovers" there's... See full summary »
Erle C. Kenton
The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »
This is one of six Dr. Christian films made by RKO starring the fine character actor, Jean Hersholt. In all of the films, Christian is a bit of a crusader, though this one seems to be the most overtly preachy. In many ways, the film is overly dramatic and hard to believe, but the acting and good intentions of the film make it well worth seeing.
The film has to do with "Squatter's Town"--the poor section of town where the sanitation stinks and life is relatively cheap. The rest of the town is rather indifferent to their plight, as they are seen as deserving of their lifestyle. However, instead of just accepting this, Christian decides to try to save some of the folks--including Tom Neal and two kids he's caring for in a condemned shack. He arranges for a nice home for the two little kids and takes Neal into his own home. But he doesn't stop there--as he then crusades for a new housing project to take the place of the squalor. The town, however, isn't particularly concerned and are rather antagonistic to the idea. When an epidemic strikes the poor folks, the townspeople change their minds--and become part of the solution.
The film is very socialist in its stance, though it doesn't just advocate government intervention but a populist approach where people help each other through the goodness of their hearts. It seems a bit over-idealistic, but has a sweet sentiment. Plus, the film manages with all its earnestness to somehow pull it off just fine. A very good B-movie.
By the way, in the film Tom Neal is an incredibly pugnacious and obnoxious person. In real life, he was FAR worse--and his IMDb biography is positively scary. How this Harvard grad destroyed his own career with off-screen violence is a sad story and a case of art imitating life, as he often portrayed thick-headed jerks with a penchant for violence.
By the way, in the drug store scene get a load of the 1940s style pinball machine. If you look carefully, you'll notice something is missing--flippers. They were introduced years later and made the machines a heck of a lot more interesting.
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