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Dr. Socrates (1935)





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Paul Muni is a prominent physician who is kidnapped by gangsters and forced to tend the needs of head crook Barton MacLaine. MacLaine takes a liking to the intellectual doctor and allows him to go home after his job is done. Muni finds himself the reluctant "staff physician" for the gangster, thus is periodically spirited away from his practice to look after the criminal. He has given his word not to "rat" on the crooks, but he can't sit idly by while the gangsters loot the city. Muni foils the crooks by injecting them with a drug which induces temporary blindness. Dr. Socrates was remade in 1939 as King of the Underworld, with Humphrey Bogart as the gangster boss and actress Kay Francis in Paul Muni's role (with surprisingly few dialogue alterations to accommodate the gender switch!)


Barton MacLane
as Red Bastian
Ann Dvorak
as Josephine
Robert H. Barrat
as Dr. Ginder
Raymond Brown
as Ben Suggs
Ralph M. Remley
as Bill Payne
Hal K. Dawson
as Mel Towne
Grace Stafford
as Caroline Suggs
Helen Lowell
as Ma Ganson
John Eldredge
as Dr. Burton
Samuel S. Hinds
as Dr. McClintock
Olin Howland
as Catlett
Joseph Downing
as Cinq Laval
Bill Elliott
as Tom Collins
Sam Wren
as Chuck
Ivan Miller
as Ed Doolittle
Carl Stockdale
as Abner Cluett
Grady Sutton
as Grocery Clerk
James Donlan
as Salesman
Ralph Lewis
as Proprietor
Emerson Treacy
as Young Man
June Martel
as Young Woman
Lucille Ward
as Stout Woman
Dick Elliott
as Photographer
Harry Harvey
as Photographer
Jack Gardner
as Photographer
Gene Morgan
as Photographer
Al Hill
as Gangster
Bob Perry
as Gangster
Jimmie Dundee
as Gangster
Larry McGrath
as Gangster
Milton Kibbee
as Bank Teller
Tom Wilson
as Citizen
Hobart Cavanaugh
as Floyd Stevens
Leo White
as Tailor
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All Critics (2)

Adequately played, of course, by Paul Muni, but this is not much of an assignment for him.

April 21, 2020 | Full Review…

The picture is rather awkwardly directed, with long explanations taking the place of action over the initial stretches.

October 8, 2019 | Full Review…

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