Dr. Christian Meets the Women (1940)
Dr. Christian Meets the Women
Directed by William McGann
Cast: Jean Hersholt and Veda Ann Borg
This is one of six films made by RKO starring the fine character actor, Jean Hersholt, based on the "Dr. Christian" radio series in 1937 on NBC radio that lasted for 16 years. Dr. Christian, a kindly, gentle, wise, small-town physician who ministers to ailments physical and emotional, has a practice in a small Minnesota town. Dr. Christian encounters a visitor to his neat, friendly town, a "Professor" Kenneth Parker, who hard sells weight loss programs with the aid of a shapely assistant. Projecting himself as a man of science, the Professor has an odor of hucksterism about him. Dr. Christian becomes increasingly disturbed as the many women who have been his long-time patients succumb to the charm and blandishments of this fellow who combines an exercise regimen with diet to cater to the womenfolk’s feverish demand for weight loss. The good Dr. Christian, in desperate need of a vacation and falling ill himself, complains that he's never had so many townsfolk ill at the same time and it's all because of the draconian regimen eagerly, actually fanatically, pursued by the women who, for the moment at least, abandon the good doctor for the miracle-promising professor.
Actors: Jean Hersholt