King of the Underworld (1939) - Rotten Tomatoes

King of the Underworld (1939)

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A remake of Dr. Socrates (1935), this middling melodrama features Kay Francis as Carol Nelson, a medical doctor blaming gangster Joe Gurney (Humphrey Bogart) for the death of her husband (John Eldredge) during a police raid. Determined to get even, Dr. Nelson sets up practice in a small town where a couple of Gurney's henchmen are serving time. And sure enough, Gurney is soon in dire need of Carol's help after being wounded in a jailhouse break. Convincing the gang boss and his men that they all suffer from eye infections, the good doctor proceeds to blind the mobsters with adrenaline eye drops and then calls the cops. Warner Bros. used the general idea a third time in Bullet Scars (1942), yet another B-movie.

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Cast

Kay Francis
as Dr. Carole Nelson
Humphrey Bogart
as Joe Gurney
James Stephenson
as Bill Stevens
John Eldredge
as Dr. Niles Nelson
Jessie Busley
as Aunt Josephine
Arthur Ayleswofth
as Dr. Sanders
Ralph M. Remley
as Mr. Robert
Paul MacWilliams
as Anesthetist
William Gould
as Chief of Police
Clem Bevans
as Villager
Nat Carr
as Villager
Jimmy O'Gatty
as Gangster
Frank Bruno
as Gangster
Paul Panzer
as Gangster
Cliff Saum
as Gangster
Doc Stone
as Gangster
Tom Wilson
as Deputy
Lotta Williams
as Farmer Couple
Pierre Watkin
as District Attorney
Edwin Stanley
as Dr. Jacobs
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It's not a very good melodrama, but it was nevertheless enjoyable.

September 22, 2008 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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