Mary Stevens, M.D.



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Lyle Talbot as Don Andrews
Jane Withers as Little Girl in Lobby
Una O'Connor as Mrs. Arnell Simmons
Glenda Farrell as Glenda Carroll
659.85 MB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 11 min
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Reviewed by MartinHafer 5 / 10

Amazingly adult....and amoral.

If you haven't seen many films from the early 1930s, you may well be unaware of the term 'Pre-Code'. This refers to the period up until part-way through 1934 when Hollywood routinely ignored the Production Code--with cursing, adultery, graphic violence, nudity and the like being almost celebrated in films! Because the film had become so amoral and non-family friendly, there was a strong backlash--which led to the strengthened Production Code. The period particularly from 1930-1934 was by far the wildest of the American Pre-Code films and "Mary Stevens, M.D." is a wonderful example of this sort of film.

It's not surprising that the film stars Kay Francis--the unofficial Queen of Pre-Code films! She seemed to play more of these slutty characters than anyone in Hollywood--and I wasn't all that surprised to see her up to her old tricks in this film! Francis and Lyle Talbot play friends and young doctors who are just beginning their practices. Francis is a very dedicated pediatrician and Talbot is a lazy jerk. I saw nothing positive about his character, yet inexplicably Francis not only loved him but behaved like a total moron when it came to this sleaze-bag! When Talbot marries another woman (mostly because of the position in society it could get him), Francis still silently longs for him.

After a while, Talbot's marriage begins to fizzle...and he becomes involved with some very illegal activities. When Francis finds out, instead of being angry at him because he's betrayed his Hippocratic oath, she does the nasty with him--after some vague promise to leave his wife. When the divorce is NOT forthcoming, Francis is stuck--as she's pregnant! What happens by the end of the film is pretty hard to believe--and really, really strains any chance at this film being a good film to the breaking point! The bottom line is that the characters have practically no redeeming value (particularly Talbot), Francis acts like she has a Chihuahua's brain and the whole thing dissolves into a ridiculous mess by the end. It's a shame, as the film WAS interesting...but ended up losing all my good will by the time the plot turned really dumb at the end. And I truly hate films that expect the audience to believe that a strong and intelligent woman could behave this stupidly!! Wow, talk about a mixed up message about gender equality!!!

A curiously amoral time-passer, but a film that could have been a lot better.

By the way, in the film you hear the term 'Infantile Paralysis'. It is another way of referring to Polio if you were curious.

Reviewed by bkoganbing 6 / 10

A Doctor Should Know Better

Although this is a pre-Code film, something like Mary Stevens, MD is unlikely to be remade today. Though it deals with an out of wedlock pregnancy which is certainly something the Code banned the following year, Mary Stevens, MD is way too melodramatic for today's taste.

It's a great film for women's roles and their are three good ones here. The title tole is played by Kay Francis as a doctor who operates a pediatric clinic along with her nurse Glenda Farrell. Another physician played by Lyle Talbot is interested in her, but he's slightly married to Thelma Todd.

Although I'm not quite clear about his role, Talbot is also involved in politics, Todd's father is a bigshot political boss and is discouraging any thought of divorce. Thelma even fakes a pregnancy to keep Talbot tied to her.

That comes as bad news for Francis who gets pregnant for real, although you would think a doctor would take precautions. She has the kid and quits her clinic and takes a job as a ship's doctor, the better to keep away from the respectable folks who knew her when. After this the film gets really melodramatic for all concerned.

The cast performs their roles in earnest and Glenda Farrell rivals Joan Blondell in getting all the wisecracking dame roles at Warner Brothers that Blondell couldn't do.

When people say that Mary Stevens, MD is a women's picture that is meant in every sense of the word.

Reviewed by mark.waltz 6 / 10

Everybody seems to be against women doctors.

Kay Francis makes her ultimate sacrifice here as a baby doctor who has her own child out of wedlock and suffers greatly for it while benefiting humanity with her knowledge of treating children. She was involved with fellow doctor Lyle Talbot during their years in medical school, and they even set up a practice near each other. But he has ambitions which focus on getting out of the slums and into high society, so when he leaves her for the wealthy Thelma Todd (wasted in a thankless role), she remains behind, building her own reputation and getting past the image that a doctor should be a man and that women are only qualified to be nurses. In the cast of Mary's nurse, she gets a great one, wonderfully played by the feisty Glenda Farrell.

Of course, Talbot and Francis are thrown back together, and this results in her committing an unforgivable sin, one which depression era women are always punished by an unforgiving society. But in spite of that, Francis always puts her patients before herself, even utilizing unorthodox methods in treatment, one particular involving a choking case. The script is deliciously pre-code, containing some dated Jewish stereotypes which today just get a chuckle rather than offend because of their ridiculousness. Una O'Connor, who sometimes could be rather annoying with her screeching, has a nice small role in a rare unscrewish mother role.

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