Doctor Rhythm

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Doctor Rhythm
Doctor Rhythm 1938 Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Frank Tuttle
Produced by Emanuel Cohen
Written by
  • Richard Connell
  • Jo Swerling
Based on The Badge of Policeman O'Roon 
by O. Henry
Music by James V. Monaco
  • Floyd Crosby
  • Charles Lang
Edited by Alex Troffey
Major Pictures Corporation
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s)
  • May 6, 1938 (1938-05-06) (USA)
Running time 80 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Doctor Rhythm is a 1938 American musical comedy film directed by Frank Tuttle and starring Bing Crosby, Mary Carlisle, Beatrice Lillie, and Andy Devine.[1] Based on the short story The Badge of Policeman O'Roon by O. Henry,[2] the film is about a doctor who pretends to be a policeman assigned as the bodyguard of a wealthy matron, whose beautiful niece becomes the object of his affections. The film features the songs "On the Sentimental Side" and "My Heart is Taking Lessons".


Dr. Bill Remsen (Bing Crosby) helps cover for his ailing policeman friend (Andy Devine) and takes the policeman's latest assignment as the bodyguard for a quirky but wealthy matron Mrs. Lorelei Dodge-Blodgett (Bea Lillie). Soon Bill falls in love with the lady's beautiful niece (Mary Carlisle). When the older woman becomes the target of thieves, Bill is able to thwart their efforts.


  • Bing Crosby as Dr. Bill Remsen
  • Mary Carlisle as Judy Marlowe
  • Beatrice Lillie as Mrs. Lorelei Dodge-Blodgett
  • Andy Devine as Officer Lawrence O'Roon
  • Rufe Davis as Al, the zookeeper
  • Laura Hope Crews as Mrs. Minerva Twombling
  • Fred Keating as Chris LeRoy
  • John Hamilton as Insp. Bryce
  • Sterling Holloway as Luke, the ice cream man
  • Henry Wadsworth as Otis Eaton, the drunk
  • Franklin Pangborn as Mr. Stenchfield, the store clerk
  • Harold Minjir as Mr. Coldwater
  • William Austin as Mr. Martingale, the floorwalker
  • Gino Corrado as Cazzatta
  • Harry Stubbs as Police captain
  • Frank Elliott as Lorelei's butler
  • Charles R. Moore as Tooter, the Chauffeur
  • Louis Armstrong as Trumpet player[1][3]



  • "On the Sentimental Side" (James V. Monaco, Johnny Bruke) by Bing Crosby
  • "My Heart is Taking Lessons" (James V. Monaco, Johnny Bruke) by Bing Crosby[4]


  1. ^ a b "Doctor Rhythm (1938)". The New York Times. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Doctor Rhythm". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Full cast and crew for Doctor Rhythm". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Soundtracks for Doctor Rhythm". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 

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