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The Medicine Man (1930)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 15 June 1930 (USA)
The son and daughter of an abusive shopkeeper turn to a medicine show salesman for help.


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Ladye Horton (screenplay), Elliott Lester (play) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview:
Jack Benny ... Dr. John Harvey
Betty Bronson ... Mamie Goltz
E. Alyn Warren ... Goltz (as E. Allyn Warren)
Eva Novak ... Hulda
Billy Butts ... Buddy
Adolph Milar Adolph Milar ... Peter
George E. Stone ... Steve (as Georgie Stone)
Tom Dugan ... Charley (as Tommy Dugan)
Vadim Uraneff Vadim Uraneff ... Gus
Caroline Rankin ... Hattie
Dorothea Wolbert ... Sister Wilson


Mamie and Buddy, the son and daughter of a cruel, abusive shopkeeper, are excited when Dr. Harvey's medicine show comes to town. But when they slip away at night to watch the show, their father finds out and punishes them severely. When the angry father then decides to force Mamie to marry against her will, she turns to Dr. Harvey for help. Meanwhile, two of the doctor's associates have been playing a confidence game, and have attracted the attention of the local sheriff. Written by Snow Leopard

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Comedy | Romance


Not Rated






Release Date:

15 June 1930 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Tiffany Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Chicago Saunday 18 December 1949 on WBKB (Channel 4). See more »

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Poor example of early talkie
6 December 2003 | by DRommSee all my reviews

The Medicine Man is a poor example of an early talkie. Slow and dumb, with a rustic cast of German-American characters DW Griffith would gag on. Jack Benny's presence makes it historically interesting, but that's about it. Benny gets off the only good line, "The New York critics have proclaimed this show the greatest amalgamation of merry making mirth provokers since Shakespeare was barred from Avon." And he mispronounces "Avon." The plot is more-or-less the same as The Music Man but without any of the music, acting or dialog. For Benny completists only.

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