Proof That It’s Pre-Code
- If you couldn’t tell from the title, this deals with a professional woman, one who has decided to be a doctor. I’ll touch on this a bit more below, but this is still heady stuff at the time.
- Glenda Farrell, as a touchy nurse, snaps and threatens a kid:
“If you bust one more thing around here, this nurse is going to take your temperature from below the Mason-Dixon line, if you know what I mean!”
- Not specifically Pre-Code, but Lyle Talbot is driving Kay Francis out to the country for lunch and he busts out a flask and takes a swig. Her complete non-reaction to him drinking and driving is pretty funny nowadays. Also, I like how she categorizes it to him later, and his reaction:
“Don, you’re drinking too much.”
“There isn’t that much!”
- The double whammy of both premarital and extramarital sex. And it’s fun while it lasts!
- Unrelated, but Farrell teases another nurse with this putdown, “You just haven’t had enough practice saying ‘no’.”
- This one was denied a re-release under the code in 1936 because of its portrayal of an unwed mother giving birth out of wedlock. Also, while it is very coded, there are a pair of lines where the idea of getting an abortion is floated to the mother, who decides against it.
- Lots of cute baby buttocks! … and one dead baby.
The Particulars of the Picture
| Dr. Mary Stevens …
| Dr. Don Andrews …
|Glenda Carroll … Glenda Farrell|