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The Doctor and the Girl

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The Doctor and the Girl
Directed byCurtis Bernhardt
Screenplay byTheodore Reeves
Based ona literary work by
Maxence van der Meersch
Produced byPandro S. Berman
StarringGlenn Ford
Charles Coburn
Gloria DeHaven
Janet Leigh
Bruce Bennett
CinematographyRobert Planck, A.S.C.
Edited byFerris Webster
Music byRudolph G. Kopp
(musical direction)
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • September 29, 1949 (1949-09-29) (U.S.)
Running time
98 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1,888,000[1]

The Doctor and the Girl (also known as Bodies and Souls) is a 1949 American drama film directed by Curtis Bernhardt and starring Glenn Ford, Charles Coburn, Gloria DeHaven and Janet Leigh that was inspired by the French novel Corps et Âmes by Maxence van der Meersch.

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Michael Corday has recently received his medical degree, and starts an internship at Bellevue Hospital, in New York City. His father is also a doctor, and is pleased that Michael intends to specialize in neurosurgery.

Michael's sister, Mariette, is engaged to another doctor, George Esmond, but Michael believes George is only interested in the family's prestige. Fabienne, Michael's youngest sister, lives alone in Greenwich Village.

At the hospital, Michael works in the emergency room under Dr. Granville, who is not impressed by Michael's gruff and compassionless treatment of his patients.

Michael admits Evelyn, a patient with a lung abscess. She works the taffy machine at a candy store, so he calls her Taffy. She must build strength before she can withstand her surgery; during her lengthy time in hospital, Michael falls in love with her.

Michael's father has Taffy discharged behind Michael's back. When Michael confronts him, he gives Michael her address, but says he will be cut off from the family if he marries her. Michael finds Taffy, and they get married; his sisters have a growing fondness for Taffy, but his father remains disappointed.

Michael starts a street front medical practice, with Taffy helping to set up the office and help out. His patients like him, and Michael treats his patients with compassion.

Fabienne, who has become pregnant to a married man who has deserted her, turns up at Michael's door, suffering major blood loss after a miscarriage. Michael takes her to Bellevue, but she dies during surgery. In their grief, Michael and his father finally bond; Michael and Taffy continue running his private practice.


Actor Role
Glenn Ford Dr. Michael Corday
Charles Coburn Dr. John Corday
Gloria DeHaven Fabienne
Janet Leigh Evelyn Heldon, "Taffy"
Bruce Bennett Dr. Alfred Norton
Warner Anderson Dr. George Esmond
Basil Ruysdael Dr. Francis I. Garard
Nancy Davis Mariette
Arthur Franz Dr. Harvey L. Kenmore
Lisa Golm Hetty
Joanne De Bergh Child's Mother


Prior to The Doctor and the Girl, American films avoided discussion of abortion, which was illegal in most states. MGM convinced the Motion Picture Association of America, which enforced the Hays Code, that the topic of abortion, which was not explicitly forbidden by the Code, could be tastefully addressed in the film. While the film vaguely referred to the procedure as "an illegal operation," the precedent allowed later films to include abortion plotlines.[2]


According to MGM records, the film earned $1,326,000 in the United States and Canada and $562,000 elsewhere, resulting in a profit of $184,000.[1][3]


  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
  2. ^ Kirby, David A. (September 2017). "Regulating cinematic stories about reproduction: pregnancy, childbirth, abortion and movie censorship in the US, 1930–1958". British Journal for the History of Science. Cambridge University Press / British Society for the History of Science. 50 (3): 451–472. doi:10.1017/S0007087417000814. ISSN 0007-0874. Retrieved 5 March 2021.
  3. ^ "Top Grossers of 1949". Variety. 4 January 1950. p. 59.

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