The Medicine Man (1930)
The Medicine Man
Directed by Scott Pembroke
Cast: Jack Benny and Betty Bronson
This is an odd curio of the early sound era in movie history, an attempt to mix melodrama and comedy that might have worked better on the stage than it does as a movie. Most of the interest in watching it now comes from Betty Bronson's sympathetic performance as the heroine, and from seeing Jack Benny in what seems to have been his first starring role in a feature-length movie. The story has Bronson and a younger brother as the children of a tyrannical and abusive shopkeeper. They meet up with a traveling medicine show led by Benny's character, who then becomes involved in their family problems, while at the same time trying to keep an eye on some of his shifty associates who have a knack for getting in trouble with the law.
Actors: Jack Benny