Men in White (1934 film)

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Men in White
Men in white poster 1934.jpg
original film poster
Directed by Ryszard Bolesławski
Produced by Monta Bell
Written by Sidney Kingsley
Starring Clark Gable
Myrna Loy
Music by William Axt
Cinematography George J. Folsey
Edited by Frank Sullivan
Release date
April 6, 1934 (1934-04-06)
Running time
74 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $213,000[1]
Box office $1,455,000[1]

Men in White is a 1934 Pre-Code film starring Clark Gable and Myrna Loy, and directed by Ryszard Bolesławski.The story is loosely based on the Sidney Kingsley play of the same name. Due to suggestions of illicit romance and abortion, the film was frequently cut. The Legion of Decency cited the movie as unfit for public exhibition.


A dedicated young doctor places his patients above everyone else in his life. Unfortunately, his Social Register fianceé, Laura Hudson(Myrna Loy), can't accept the fact that he considers an appointment in the operating room more important than attending a cocktail party. He soon drifts into an affair with a pretty nurse who shares his passion for healing.

One thread of the story involves diabetic hypoglycemia:[2] Two doctors have a conflict at the bedside of a young girl who is desperately ill. The younger doctor diagnoses (correctly) that the patient is in insulin shock (needing glucose), while the senior doctor insists she is in a diabetic coma (needing insulin). Fortunately, the doctor with the correct diagnosis prevails and the child recovers.



The film was very successful at the box office.[3] According to MGM records, it earned $890,000 in the US and Canada, and $565,000 elsewhere resulting in a profit of $784,000.[1]

Radio adaptation[edit]

Men in White was presented on the Lady Esther Screen Guild Theatre on CBS on July 19, 1943. The 30-minute sanitized adaptation starred Jean Hersholt, James Craig, and Louise Allbritton.[4]


  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles, California: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study 
  2. ^ William Dufty, Sugar Blues (1975), page 97
  3. ^ Churchill, Douglas W. The Year in Hollywood: 1934 May Be Remembered as the Beginning of the Sweetness-and-Light Era (gate locked); New York Times [New York, NY], December 30, 1934, page X5; retrieved December 16, 2013.
  4. ^ "Allbritton, Louise". radioGOLDINdex. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 

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