Men in White (1934 film)
Men in White is a 1934 pre-Code film starring Clark Gable and Myrna Loy, and directed by Ryszard Bolesławski. The story is loosely based on the Sidney Kingsley play of the same name. Due to suggestions of illicit romance and abortion, the film was frequently cut. The Legion of Decency cited the movie as unfit for public exhibition.
|Men in White|
|Directed by||Ryszard Bolesławski|
|Screenplay by||Waldemar Young|
|Based on||"Men in White"|
by Sidney Kingsley
|Produced by||Monta Bell|
|Starring||Clark Gable |
|Cinematography||George J. Folsey|
|Edited by||Frank Sullivan|
|Music by||William Axt|
|April 6, 1934|
A dedicated young doctor places his patients above everyone else in his life. However, his Social Register fianceé, Laura Hudson (Myrna Loy), can't accept the fact that he considers an appointment in the operating room more important than attending a cocktail party. He soon drifts into an affair with a pretty nurse who shares his passion for healing.
One thread of the story involves diabetic hypoglycemia: Two doctors have a conflict at the bedside of a young girl who is desperately ill. The younger doctor diagnoses (correctly) that the patient is in insulin shock (needing glucose), while the senior doctor insists she is in a diabetic coma (needing insulin). The doctor with the correct diagnosis prevails and the child recovers.
- Clark Gable as Dr. George Ferguson
- Myrna Loy as Laura Hudson
- Jean Hersholt as Dr. Hochberg
- Elizabeth Allan as Barbara Denham
- Otto Kruger as Dr. Levine
- C. Henry Gordon as Dr. Cunningham
- Russell Hardie as Dr. Michaelson
- Wallace Ford as Shorty
- Henry B. Walthall as Dr. McCabe
- Russell Hopton as Dr. Pete Bradley
- Samuel S. Hinds as Dr. Gordon
- Frank Puglia as Dr. Vitale
- Leo Chalzel as Dr. Wren
- Donald Douglas as Mac
- Berton Churchill as John Hudson (uncredited)
- Ann Gillis as Flower Girl (uncredited)
Although there were no overt references to abortion in the original script the Hays Office found the story to be in violation of the Production Code because they believed that there were clear indications that Barbara Denham’s illness was brought about by an attempted abortion. Ultimately, MGM cut some lines to accommodate their concerns. Despite these changes there were protests against the film by moral reformers and religious groups. Men in White was one of the first films condemned by the newly formed Legion of Decency.
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