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36 Ratings

Doctor Bull

Directed by John Ford
United States, 1933


Dr. Bull is an old-fashioned country doctor whose affair with the widow Janet Cardmaker is creating waves in the small town where he practices.

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Doctor Bull Directed by John Ford

Critics reviews

Neither as exotic as Steamboat Around the Bend nor as expansive of Judge Priest (a masterpiece strangely missing from the retrospective), Ford’s too few other collaborations with Will Rogers, Doctor Bull’s very unassuming modesty, so like Rogers and not like Ford, is what makes it a personal favorite.
November 04, 2014
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The rival physician with fancy car and test tubes (Ralph Morgan), the wayward ingenué (Rochelle Hudson) and the congested hypochondriac (Andy Devine), these are the dwellers of Ford’s caustic reconsideration of Arrowsmith—the territory most in need of castor oil is not overseas but the Connecticut community struck by typhoid and hypocrisy. (Paralysis is another persistent theme, Howard Lally’s atrophied legs here become John Wayne’s in The Wings of Eagles, revived toes and all.)
January 01, 2010
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