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Green Light

Overview

When Errol Flynn insisted that Warner Bros. cook up a non-swashbuckler for his next vehicle, the result was Green Light. Based on a novel by Lloyd C. Douglas Magnificent Obsession, The Robe etc., the film tells the story of a young surgeon Flynn who willingly takes blame for a fatal mistake committed by an older doctor Henry O'Neill. Disgraced, Flynn takes the near-suicidal assignment of testing a new vaccine for spotted fever; to ascertain the serum's effectiveness, he must expose himself to the disease. Flynn's...
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Overview

When Errol Flynn insisted that Warner Bros. cook up a non-swashbuckler for his next vehicle, the result was Green Light. Based on a novel by Lloyd C. Douglas Magnificent Obsession, The Robe etc., the film tells the story of a young surgeon Flynn who willingly takes blame for a fatal mistake committed by an older doctor Henry O'Neill. Disgraced, Flynn takes the near-suicidal assignment of testing a new vaccine for spotted fever; to ascertain the serum's effectiveness, he must expose himself to the disease. Flynn's fiancee Anita Louise, having learned that her lover was not responsible for the older doctor's error, is reunited with Flynn as he lies recuperating from the fever. Weaving in and out of Green Light is the kindly old spiritual leader Cedric Hardwicke who espouses the values of sacrifice and faith. Green Light did acceptable box office business, but Errol Flynn was back at his sword-wielding best in his next film, The Prince and the Pauper.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
There's a lot of hooey in Green Light, but fortunately it's presented in such an appealing way that most people will be glad to overlook it. Be forewarned: Light has the kind of script that definitely has to be taken with a grain of salt -- or perhaps even a whole shaker full. Granted, many people do selfless things, but it's difficult to believe that Errol Flynn's young surgeon would willing sacrifice his entire career by taking the blame for a fatal mistake made by another surgeon. (This doesn't even get into the question of what might happen in the culpable surgeon should go on to make another fatal mistake in the future.) And there are several other plot points that strain credulity. However, if one accepts these as being incredible and treats the film as a fable, one can get over these rather bumpy patches. Certainly Flynn makes it worth sticking with the film. Clearly happy to be doing something non-swashbuckling, Flynn turns in a very fine, captivating performance. Anita Louise is very good as his eventual paramour, Spring Byington is radiant in a supporting role, and Cedric Hardwicke does well as the voice of religion. All of this is held together by the excellent direction of Frank Borzage, who clearly has no problem with the believability of the story.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/16/2010
  • UPC: 883316290583
  • Original Release: 1937
  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Time: 1:25:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 50,903

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Errol Flynn Dr. Newell Paige
Anita Louise Phyllis Dexter
Margaret Lindsay Frances Ogilvie
Walter Abel Dr. John Stafford
Henry O'Neill Dr. Endicott
Spring Byington Mrs. Dexter
Erin O'Brien-Moore Pat Arlen
Henry Kolker Dr. Lane
Pierre Watkin Dr. Booth
Granville Bates Sheriff
Russell Simpson Sheepman
Myrtle Stedman Nurse
Wade Boteler Traffic Cop
Cedric Hardwicke Dean Harcourt
Milt Kibbee Other Man
Shirley Lloyd Nurse
James Pierce Harcourt's Chauffeur
Jim Thorpe Indian
Bess Flowers
Technical Credits
Frank Borzage Director
Henry Blanke Producer
James Gibbon Editor
Byron Haskin Cinematographer
Fred Jackman Sr. Special Effects
H.F. Koenekamp Special Effects
Milton Krims Screenwriter
Orry-Kelly Costumes/Costume Designer
Max Parker Art Director
Max Steiner Score Composer
Richard Van Enger Special Effects
Hal B. Wallis Producer
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