Her Favorite Patient (June 22, 1945)
Released June 22, 1945: (running time 1 hour and 19 minutes) The advertising tag line for this comedy is: When Beautiful Doctor Meets Handsome Hospital Case . . IT'S TOUCH AND OH! This motion picture was originally released as "Bedside Manner."
Directed by Andrew L. Stone
Written by Malcolm Stuart Boyton, Robert Carson and Frederick J. Jackson.
The Actors: John Carroll (Morgan Hale), Ruth Hussey (Doctor Hedy Fredericks), Charles Ruggles (Doctor J.H. 'Doc' Fredericks), Ann Rutherford (Lola Cross), Esther Dale (Martha Gravitt), Grant Mitchell (Mr. Pope), Frank Jenks (Private Harry Smith), Vera Marshe (Mrs. Mary Hastings), Claudia Drake (Tanya Punchinskaya), Renee Godfrey (Stella Livingston), Joel McGinnis (Private Tommy Smith), John James (Private First Class Dick Smith), Bert Roach (George Hastings), Demetrius Alexis (Skyland Cafe waiter), Don Brodie (Mr. Walton), James Conaty (Bertha's husband), Madge Crane (Mrs. Pringle), Mary Currier (Mrs. Livingston), Joe Devlin (Augustus), Earle Hodgins (Grover Cleveland 'Chatty' Perkins), Victor Kilian (board member), Paul Newlan (patient in office), Constance Purdy (Mrs. Moriarty), Syd Saylor (Elmer Jones)
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The Doctor is In
Part of the reason that I love old movies is the atmosphere. I understand that for many folk life was much different than what is portrayed in the movies, but really, what wonderful visions of life long ago. I would give almost anything if President John F. Kennedy had worn a hat when he was inaugurated. That was the beginning of the end for the custom of men wearing real hats when they were outside. Now we use crappy little ball caps to hide our balding heads from the sunshine . . . there just isn't any comparison. And those old cars! I watched the chase scene in this comedy several times just to see the cars and imagine that I was driving one of them. Now, I appreciate today and each moment, don't get me wrong . . . but if I were only born in the early 1900's when the world was changing so dramatically because of the new era of invention, it would have been wonderful. To see the beginning of motion pictures, telephones, telegraphs, horseless carriages, railroads, electric lights, phonograph records - it must have been an amazing time. Of course, after immersing myself in those wondrous days via an old motion picture, I come back to this moment . . . when I can write my thoughts and share both my thoughts and the motion picture with people around the globe. There are literally thousands of people from hundreds of countries - yes, hundreds of countries - that will read these words and watch the movie. Something that was unthinkable for a fellow like me a few years ago. My dad was a country preacher who reached at most a few hundred lives each week, and here I am talking to thousands around the world every day. It constantly amazes and humbles me when I get a note from someone in Australia or India or the Czech Republic thanking me for sharing these movies.
I guess that all things considered, I'm happy as a hound-dog to be right here, right now, enjoying all of the blessings of today, and at the same time able to go back to an earlier time and place anytime I like because of the incredible invention of motion picture film. Pop a nice big bowl of white kernel popcorn with warm melted butter on it and travel back to 1945 small town America - you will be laughing and enjoying that small town adventure as much today as the audiences did so many years ago.
Charles Ruggles and Esther Dale
Charles Ruggles and John Carroll
Charles Ruggles in 1945
Claudia Drake and Frank Jenks dancing
Claudia Drake and Ann Rutherford exchange catty competitive looks over John Carroll.
Earle Hodgins and Charles Ruggles
Esther Dale and Charles Ruggles talk about love on the stairs
Grant Mitchell and Ruth Hussey
Joel McGinnis and Ann Rutherford
Joel McGinnis and Esther Dale
John Carroll and Bert Roach
John Carroll and Demetrius Alexis
Ruth Hussey takes the pulse of John Carroll
Mary Currier, Charles Ruggles and Ruth Hussey
Paul Newlan and Charles Ruggles
Ruth Hussey, recovering from fainting
John Carroll visits Ruth Hussey and tries to get a date
Ruth Hussey in 1945
Syd Saylor has a burping problem
Vera Marshe and Bert Roach
Vera Marshe thinks that Ruth Hussey wants her to date John Carroll