Drama: Dr Christian


 Dr. Christian

Dr. Christian started as a radio program in 1937 and became very popular. 

RKO started the Dr. Christian film series in 1939.  It stared Jean Hersholt as the hard-working medico of Rivers End, Minnesota.

In the first film, Meet Dr. Christian (1939), the Doctor is desperate to get a new hospital built.  He is forced to square off against the town's bureaucratic mayor who wants a highway constructed instead. But after the politician's daughter is injured in an accident, Dr. Christian proves how important getting a new medical facility.

Six Dr. Christian movies were made from 1939 and 1941.

Dr Christian had a folksy bedside manner and an abiding interest in his patients that went beyond their symptoms.  He not only cured their ills but helped them face their personal problems.

 

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1. Meet Dr. Christian (1939) - Jean Hersholt

Dr. Christian (Jean Hersholt) who runs the health department in a small town. He seeks to build a hospital, but is turned down by the mayor (Paul Harvey). The mayor decided that a highway would better suit the town than a new hospital.

 

A "professor" hits Dr. Christian's (Jean Hersholt) town, promising the local women dramatic weight loss in a very short time if they follow his regimen of strict diet and a particular type of diet pill. Dr. Christian tries to warn them that the man is a dangerous charlatan but, mesmerized by the prospect of almost instantaneous weight loss, the women ignore his warnings.


3. Dr. Christian - They Meet Again (1941) – Jean Hersholt:

In this last entry in the "Dr. Christian" series, the good doctor is determined to free a young man from prison. The man was sent there for embezzlement, but Dr. Christian doesn't believe he embezzled the money, and sets out to find the real culprit.

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