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The Citadel (1938)

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1 hour, 50 minutes

Country UK

Studio MGM

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Genre: Drama, Suspense, Doctor, Psychodrama

Tagline: Secrets of a doctor as told by a doctor!

Plot: Echoing George Bernard Shaw's contention that every profession is a conspiracy against the rest of society, King Vidor's adaptation of A.J. Cronin's popular novel takes dead aim at the complacency of the British medical establishment. It stars Robert Donat as Dr. Andrew Manson, an idealistic young man who begins practicing his profession on victims of tuberculosis in a poor Welsh mining village. At length he uncovers the town's obsolete sewer system as the source of the disease but is unable to cut through the necessary forest of red tape to remedy the problem. Therefore, he and a friend, Dr. Denny (Ralph Richardson), take it upon themselves to blow up the town's most dangerous sewer. Yet his victory is short-lived as the miners, ignorant of the benefits of his research into black-lung silicosis, refuse to cooperate in his experiments. Frustrated by their response as well as his meager income, Dr. Manson and his wife, Christine (Rosalind Russell), move to London. A chance meeting with his old friend Dr. Lawford (Rex Harrison) results in his admission to a circle of doctors who specialize in a hypochondriacal carriage trade. The film's attack on the avarice of the medical profession and its indifference toward the poor is strangely mitigated by Vidor's decision to place Donat in

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 Directed by
King Vidor
The Fountainhead, War and Peace, The Crowd
 Written by
A.J. Cronin
The Keys of the Kingdom
Ian Dalrymple
Three Cases of Murder, The Admirable Crichton, The Wooden Horse
Rosalind Russell
His Girl Friday, Auntie Mame, The Women
Robert Donat
The 39 Steps, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, The Inn of the Sixth Happiness
Ralph Richardson
Doctor Zhivago, Time Bandits, Rollerball
Rex Harrison
My Fair Lady, Cleopatra, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
Emlyn Williams
Jamaica Inn, Ivanhoe, The Wreck of the Mary Deare
Penelope Dudley-Ward
Major Barbara
Francis L. Sullivan
Great Expectations, Oliver Twist, Caesar and Cleopatra
 Music By
Louis Levy
The Lady Vanishes, Sabotage, Night Train to Munich

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