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Men in White (1934)





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In an unusual move, MGM released its film version of Sidney Kingsley's Pulitzer-Prize winning play Men in White while the play was still running on Broadway. Clark Gable is cast as Dr. George Ferguson, a dynamic young intern whose brilliant future seems assured. In addition to planning to study in Vienna, then to serve as the assistant to his mentor Dr. Hochberg (Jean Hersholt), Ferguson is slated for a socially prestigious marriage to wealthy Laura Hudson (Myrna Loy). But when Laura begins expressing displeasure over Ferguson's dedication to his work, he enters into a brief affair with student nurse Barbara Dennin (Elizabeth Allan). Upon finding that she's pregnant, Barbara desperately undergoes an illegal abortion (a plot point merely alluded to in the screenplay). The botched operation results in Barbara being rushed into emergency surgery, where her life is in Ferguson's hands. In a third-act climax that would not have seemed out of place on TV's Chicago Hope, Laura finds herself a witness to the operation -- and to Barbara's deathbed "absolution" of Dr. Ferguson's sins. Critics were kind to Men in White, but some felt that the Kingsley original had been unnecessarily reshaped into a Clark Gable vehicle.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Sidney Kingsley, Waldemar Young
On DVD: Mar 23, 2009


Clark Gable
as Dr. Ferguson
Myrna Loy
as Laura
Jean Hersholt
as Dr. Hochberg
Otto Kruger
as Dr. Levine
C. Henry Gordon
as Dr. Cunningham
Russell Hardie
as Dr. Michaelson
Samuel S. Hinds
as Dr. Gordon
Frank Puglia
as Dr. Vitale
Leo Chalzel
as Dr. Wren
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Men in White (1934)

This is a very good hospital melodrama based on Sidney Kingsley's Broadway play. It stars a pre-mustached Clark Gable as Dr. George Ferguson, an over-worked intern at a major city hospital. His dream is to graduate and work under the tutelage of Dr. Hochberg (Jean Hersholt) in Vienna, but he is also engaged to a rich socialite, Laura Hudson (Myrna Loy) who loves him but is tired of the many hours that George works at the hospital.

There is a part in the movie where a Dr. Levine (played by a very young Otto Kruger) commiserates with George about the amount of time taken away from the ones you love for the sake of the medical profession. He is losing his wife due to a lung disease.

Dr. Hochberg's work is his life, dedicating to saving lives, and advancing medicine. He sees that same dedication in Dr. Ferguson. He tries to explain this to Laura but she's spoiled and must have her time with George, preferring that he start his own practice. When George breaks yet another date she makes other plans.

George wants to please Laura but he is a conscientious doctor. Lonely, he reaches out to a young nurse Barbara Denham (Elizabeth Allan) who shares his feelings about dealing with daily life and death situations. There is an indication that they became intimate.

Later George must do an emergency surgery on Barbara with the implication that she poisoned herself. Some have said that it's an abortion, but it's only a day since the kissing scene. Laura is in the operating room and realizes what happened and has left George. Now George is considering marrying Barbara instead and maybe even abandoning the medical profession all together.

Rick Rudge

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