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The Healer (1935)

A young doctor running a health farm for polio victims is dazzled by a pretty and wealthy society girl, to the detriment of his patients and the woman who really loves him.


Reginald Barker


John F. Goodrich (adaptation), Robert Herrick (novel) | 3 more credits »


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Cast overview:
Ralph Bellamy ... Dr. Holden
Karen Morley ... Evelyn Allen
Mickey Rooney ... Jimmy
Judith Allen ... Joan Bradshaw
Robert McWade ... Mr. Bradshaw (Joan's father)
Bruce Warren Bruce Warren ... Dr. Thornton
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Applejack
Vessie Farrell Vessie Farrell ... Martha


A young doctor running a health farm for polio victims is dazzled by a pretty and wealthy society girl, to the detriment of his patients and the woman who really loves him.

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When MICKEY Grins, The World Laughs With Him...When MICKEY sobs, His Audience Cry Aloud! (reissue poster) See more »









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15 June 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Little Pal See more »

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Monogram Pictures See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Retitled 'Little Pal', this film's earliest documented telecasts took place in Los Angeles Sunday 4 December 1949 on KFI (Channel 9), in Chicago Sunday 4 June 1950 on WBKB (Channel 4) and in New York City Tuesday 15 August 1950 on WATV (Channel 13). See more »

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Combination of Social Commentary, Melodrama and Performances Keep This One Interesting
12 January 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Ralph Bellamy is a country doctor who runs a clinic in the woods, centering around a warm spring called 'The Pool' where he helps crippled children, particularly Mickey Rooney, with hydrotherapy. When a society woman staying at a nearby lodge is injured, he takes care of her and she falls in love with him. When her father, grouchy Robert McWade, talks about his dyspepsia, he recommends simple food, hard work and throwing away his cigars. It works and they decide to set up a sanitorium. However, the rich, hard-drinking loafers make Bellamy feel useless.

It's the next to last movie directed by veteran Reginald Barker, who started out by directing William S. Hart vehicles in the mid-teens. Therefore it should be no surprise that it has all the elements of a social satire, combined with a melodramatic forest fire at the end; there's some nice stock footage in that sequence. Although the net effect is what you'd expect of a B picture from Monogram in this period, the actors (who include Judith Allen, Karen Morley and J. Farrel McDonald in a nice turn) keep this one watchable to the end.

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