Dr. Socrates

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Dr. Socrates
Directed byWilliam Dieterle
Written byRobert Lord (screenplay)
Mary C. McCall, Jr. (adaptation)
Based onstory "Dr. Socrates"
by W. R. Burnett
StarringPaul Muni
Ann Dvorak
Barton MacLane
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • October 19, 1935 (1935-10-19)
Running time
70 minutes
CountryUnited States

Dr. Socrates is a 1935 crime film starring Paul Muni as a doctor forced to treat a wounded gangster, played by Barton MacLane.


Critical reception[edit]

Writing for The Spectator in 1936, Graham Greene gave the film a poor review, dismissing it as "a third-rate gangster film". Despite comparing Paul Muni's performance to personality performers like Greta Garbo and Joan Crawford, Greene concludes that his effort in Dr Socrates "is not one of Muni's successful films". Whereas the film should have been exciting, all that the film could conjure up was funniness.[1]


  1. ^ Greene, Graham (7 February 1936). "Dr Socrates/The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo/The Imperfect Lady". The Spectator. (reprinted in: John Russel, Taylor, ed. (1980). The Pleasure Dome. pp. 50–51. ISBN 0192812866.)

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