The Courageous Dr. Christian (1940)
The Courageous Dr. Christian
Directed by Bernard Vorhaus
Cast: Jean Hersholt as Dr. Paul Christian
Dorothy Lovett as Judy Price
Robert Baldwin as Roy Davis
Tom Neal as Dave Williams
Maude Eburne as Mrs. Hastings
Vera Lewis as Mrs. Norma Stewart
George Meader as Harry Johnson
Bobby Larson as Jack Williams
This is one of six films made by RKO starring fine character actor Jean Hersholt, based on the Dr. Christian radio series 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. The film has to do with Squatter's Town, the poor section of town where the sanitation stinks and life is relatively cheap. The rest of the town is rather indifferent to their plight, as they are seen as deserving of their lifestyle. However, instead of just accepting this, Dr. Christian decides to try to save some of the folks, including Dave Williams and the two kids he's caring for in a condemned shack. He arranges for a nice home for the children and takes Dave into his own home. But Dr. Christian doesn't stop there, as he then crusades for a new housing project to take the place of the squalor. The town, however, isn't particularly concerned and are rather antagonistic to the idea. Dr. Christian has his hands full when an epidemic strikes the poor folks, until the townspeople begin to change their minds, and become part of the solution.
Actors: Jean Hersholt, Tom Neal