Review: ‘Dr. Socrates’

Arriving at the tail end of the G-man and gangster cycle, Dr Socrates hasn't the vigor of some of its predecessors, but the constant and basic threat of violence is always present.

Arriving at the tail end of the G-man and gangster cycle, Dr Socrates hasn’t the vigor of some of its predecessors, but the constant and basic threat of violence is always present.

Plot [from a story by W.R. Burnett, adaptation by Mary C. McCall Jr] departs from what is customary in the gangster school, in that it stars neither the gunman nor the officer of the law, but makes both subservient to a country doctor.

The chief gangster in this case is a Dillinger type of gent who terrorizes a section of the middle west. The young physician is adopted as the gang’s medical man, and he takes a chance because he needs the money. But when the gang grabs his girl he goes on the offensive.

For Muni, Socrates is an easy role, calling for little or no emotional work. For an actor of his calibre the soft-spoken doc seems a minor effort. Ann Dvorak plays a hitchhiking girl who gets innocently tangled with the mobsters and brings romance to the small town sawbones.

Dr. Socrates

Production

Warner. Director William Dieterle; Screenplay Robert Lord; Camera Tony Gaudio; Editor Ralph Dawson; Music Leo F. Forbstein (dir.); Art Director Anton Grot

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1935. Running time: 74 MIN.

With

Paul Muni Ann Dvorak Barton MacLane Robert Barrat John Eldredge Hobart Cavanaugh
Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Film News from Variety

Loading