Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Green Light (1937). Directed by Frank Borzage. Cast: Errol Flynn, Anita Louise and Margaret Lindsay. The film is adapted from a novel written by Lloyd C. Douglas. The novel is related to Douglas' previous book, Magnificent Obsession, which was also turned into a movie.
Newell Paige, life is ruined when he takes the blame for a patient's death caused by his mentor, Dr. Endicott, and is asked to resign.
He packs up and travels to Montana to work on a cure for Rocky Mountain spotted fever with his friend, bacteriologist John Stafford. As luck wold have it, Paige.. is in love with Phyllis Dexter, the dead patient's daughter.
Things become very complicated when she finds out that he also, maybe responsible for her mother's death.
In Montana, Paige begins working to discover a serum to combat the fever, using himself as a guinea pig for his experiments. After learning the truth Phyllis, travels to Montana to beg for his forgiveness just as Paige falls ill. Will she get there in time?
Errol Flynn, looks as handsome as ever. Walter Abel, gives a good performance as a dedicated physician and Henry O'Neill, is also gives a very believable performance as the doctor who makes a serious mistake during the operation. This film, maybe interesting only in the fact that Flynn plays an offbeat role as a physician.
Her performance as Hepzibah Pyncheon, in the 1940 film adaptation of The House of the Seven Gables as Lindsay's standout career role.