Little Pal - originally named 'The Healer' (June 15, 1935)
Released June 15, 1935: (running time 67 minutes) Doc Holden's love for a high society girl and her world threatens his medical practice in his small country home town.
Directed by Reginald Barker
Written by John F. Goodrich, James Knox Millen and George Waggner from a novel, "The Healer" by Robert Herrick.
The Actors: Ralph Bellamy (Dr. Holden), Karen Morley (Evelyn Allen), Mickey Rooney (Jimmy), Judith Allen (Joan Bradshaw), Robert McWade (Martin Bradshaw, Joan's father), Bruce Warren (Doctor Thornton), J. Farrell MacDonald (Applejack), Vessie Farrell (Martha)
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The Healer, the Skeptic, and the Wealthy Lady
In the mid 1800’s, it became fashionable for the wealthier citizens of Savannah, Georgia to spend some of their idle time in the small town of Bullochville, in Merriweather county, named after Martha Bulloch-Roosevelt. Martha Bulloch-Roosevelt was a wealthy young lady who was in her prime during the Civil War era, and some folk believe that much of the character of Scarlet O’Hara was fashioned after her. Near the small town inhabited by the Bulloch family were several artesian springs that bubbled with very warm water containing a strong blend of minerals.
The cream of society, especially from Savannah, often visited to bathe in the warm spring water, and soon there were many tales of improved health, with the credit going to the healing effects of the warm mineral water. Martha’s granddaughter Eleanor Roosevelt married her cousin Franklin Roosevelt, and in 1921 Franklin contracted polio.
Spending time in the warm mineral springs of Boullochville seemed to ease Franklin’s suffering, and when he was elected President in 1933, whenever he left the White House he spent most of his time in the warm springs of Bullochville. The family home where he spent his time was called the “Little White House.” As the fame of Bullochville grew, the town was re-named “Warm Springs,” and to this day it hosts the Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation.
This movie was filmed in 1935, during the second year of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt presidency, and the warm mineral springs in the small Georgia town were becoming famous all over the world. In 1960 Ralph Bellamy would play the part of Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the movie "Sunrise at Campobello," but in this story Ralph Bellamy is a country doctor who uses the warm mineral pond in the Georgia hills as an exercise area to help crippled children learn to walk. When he performs emergency brain surgery on a wealthy young visitor, she offers him wealth and fame to leave the poverty of his small village and become the head of an upperclass spa resort catering to the cream of society. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Ralph Bellamy and Karen Morley
J. Farrell MacDonald
Judith Allen and Bruce Warren
Judith Allen and Robert McWade
Judith Allen kisses Ralph Bellamy
Karen Morley and Judith Allen
Karen Morley and Mickey Rooney
Karen Morley and Robert McWade
Mickey Rooney and Karen Morley