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One Against the World (1939)

This MGM short, part of John Nesbitt's Passing Parade series, tells the story of Dr. Ephraim McDowell. In Danville, Kentucky in 1809 McDowell wanted to perform surgery on a woman, Jane ... See full summary »

Director:

Fred Zinnemann

Writers:

Barney Gerard (story), Doane R. Hoag (as Doane Hoag)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jonathan Hale ... Dr. Ephraim McDowell
John Nesbitt ... Narrator
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This MGM short, part of John Nesbitt's Passing Parade series, tells the story of Dr. Ephraim McDowell. In Danville, Kentucky in 1809 McDowell wanted to perform surgery on a woman, Jane Crawford, with a large tumor. He was threatened with being thrown out of the medical profession if he operated, something that did not exist at the time. The townspeople felt opening up a living human being was against the will of God and were quite prepared to stop him by force if need be. The operation however was a success and surgery became acceptable. Written by garykmcd

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 August 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Passing Parade No. 9: One Against the World See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Black and White (Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Followed by This Is Tomorrow (1943) See more »

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Very melodramatic "Passing Parade" about a courageous doctor...
11 September 2008 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

JONATHAN HALE is the courageous small-town doctor who has the strength to defy the villagers who are opposed to any doctor using surgical instruments to open the human body. When a woman becomes in need of surgery to remove a cancer, the doctor feels obliged to follow the wishes of her husband that he operate.

Of course, the operation is successful and the doctor, instead of being the subject of a public hanging, is treated with the respect he deserves.

Told in very melodramatic fashion, as so many of these short subjects were during the late '30s and throughout the '40s, this is an MGM short directed by Fred Zinnemann, who would soon go on to direct major projects like THE SEARCH with Montgomery Clift after serving time as a director of shorts or full-length B-films at the studio.

Interesting but a bit hokey in its approach.


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