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Green Light (1937)

August 9th, 2010 (09:01 am)

current mood: awake

Just finished another Errol Flynn film I have never seen. Great story (although the names are changed) about the doctors that found the cure for "Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever." Flynn plays Dr. Newell Paige, who sacrifices his career for the mistake of the doctor who taught him everything he knows, when a well known and beloved patient dies. After speaking to Deacon Harcourt played by Sir Cedric Hardwicke (another actor I was never hugely fond of but am developing an interest in), he joins his friend and colleague Dr. John Stafford who left to join the fight against the spotted fever.

An interesting point is made in the film when Dr. Stafford points out that the men before him are largely forgotten for their role in the research as were such doctors as Robert Cooley and Howard Ricketts who were foremost in finding a cure. Of course there is a romance included, it wouldn't be an Errol Flynn film without one, however like more than it's share of films from the past I enjoyed the light this film brought upon those brave selfless doctors that are long but forgotten, if not memorialized in names but in the actions in this film.