The Country Doctor

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The well-publicized (and overexploited) birth of Canada's Dionne Quintuplets in 1934 formed the basis of The Country Doctor. Jean Hersholt starred as Dr. Allan Dafoe, the real-life medico who delivered the famous quints (who appear in person towards the end of the film). The film recounts Dafoe's difficulties in ministering to the somewhat backward residents of his tiny Canadian community, and his battle with a local bigwig who wants to bring in a "modern" doctor. The Dionne births transform Dafoe into a local hero, leading to his winning of the Order of the British Empire. In real life, Dr. Dafoe effectively wrested custody of the Dionne quints away from the parents, then cashed in on the subsequent merchandising; later on, public opinion would turn against Dafoe, defiling him as an opportunistic cad.

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Jean Hersholt
as Dr. John Luke
June Lang
as Mary MacKenzie
Michael Whalen
as Tony Luke
George "Slim" Summerville
as Constable Jim Ogden
Dorothy Peterson
as Nurse Katherine Kennedy
Robert H. Barrat
as Mac Kenzie
Jane Darwell
as Mrs. Graham
John Qualen
as Asa Wyatt
Frank Reicher
as Dr. Paul Luke
Montagu Love
as Sir Basil Crawford
David Torrence
as Governor General
Aileen Carlyle
as Mrs. Wyatt
George Meeker
as Dr. Wilson
William Conlon
as Peg-leg Walter
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