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Lincoln's Doctor's Dog 

During the dark days of the Civil War, a doctor gives President Lincoln a puppy to buoy his spirits.


H.C. Potter


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Episode credited cast:
Robert Ryan ... Abraham Lincoln
Charles Bickford ... Dr. Stone
Richard Long ... Capt. Leipole
Willis Bouchey ... Edwin Stanton
Howard Wendell Howard Wendell ... William Seward
Johnny Lee Johnny Lee ... Simon (as Johnny Lee)
Paul Keast ... Salmon Chase
Mack Williams Mack Williams ... Montgomery Blair
John Craven ... Reporter
Dennis King Jr. Dennis King Jr. ... Petitioner
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
H.C. Potter H.C. Potter ... Himself


During the dark days of the Civil War, a doctor gives President Lincoln a puppy to buoy his spirits.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance





Release Date:

14 December 1955 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film covers the dates February 11-12, 1863 - the latter being Lincoln's birthday. At a cabinet meeting, Lincoln announces he is appointing Major General Joseph Hooker to command the Army of the Potomac. However, Hooker was actually made the commander of said army on January 26, 1863. See more »


Dr. Stone: You can't amputate weariness.
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A possible take on a famous book business quip.
29 June 2014 | by chezjavaSee all my reviews

As the other reviewer notes, the story is static and the dialog is wooden. But I wonder who deserves the blame because I believe the original story was influenced by a bit of "folklore" wisdom within the book business. Supposedly, it was impossible for a publisher or a bookseller to lose money on a book about Abraham Lincoln, doctors, or dogs. And thus if anyone ever wrote a book called Lincoln's Doctor's Dog, it was bound to be a best-seller.

Christopher Morley the author of the story that formed the basis for the film, was quite the sophisticated writer, very much "in the know" within literary circles. I believe his original story was intended to be both a wink at the book business joke (which Morley would have known), and a genuinely heartfelt tribute to Lincoln. Unfortunately none of that double-level awareness went into this overly earnest, overly talky effort.

Too bad they never made "The Editor of Lincoln's Doctor's Memoir."

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