King of the Underworld

Overview

A remake of Dr. Socrates 1935, this middling melodrama features Kay Francis as Carol Nelson, a medical doctor blaming gangster Joe Gurney Humphrey Bogart for the death of her husband John Eldredge during a police raid. Determined to get even, Dr. Nelson sets up practice in a small town where a couple of Gurney's henchmen are serving time. And sure enough, Gurney is soon in dire need of Carol's help after being wounded in a jailhouse break. Convincing the gang boss and his men that they all suffer from eye ...
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Overview

A remake of Dr. Socrates 1935, this middling melodrama features Kay Francis as Carol Nelson, a medical doctor blaming gangster Joe Gurney Humphrey Bogart for the death of her husband John Eldredge during a police raid. Determined to get even, Dr. Nelson sets up practice in a small town where a couple of Gurney's henchmen are serving time. And sure enough, Gurney is soon in dire need of Carol's help after being wounded in a jailhouse break. Convincing the gang boss and his men that they all suffer from eye infections, the good doctor proceeds to blind the mobsters with adrenaline eye drops and then calls the cops. Warner Bros. used the general idea a third time in Bullet Scars 1942, yet another B-movie.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
A fairly engrossing account of a small-town doctor forced to operate on a Big City gangster, the only four-year-old Dr. Socrates got the B-movie treatment in King of the Underworld, with Humphrey Bogart replacing Barton MacLane as the gangster and Kay Francis, of all people, taking over from Paul Muni as the troubled medico. Unfortunately, the production was assigned to producer Bryan Foy who summarily turned it into pulp fiction melodrama. Although seemingly a better choice to play the gangster than MacLane, Humphrey Bogart is guilty of overacting like never before, or since, and the denouement is closer to burlesque than compelling drama.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/28/2012
  • UPC: 883316633618
  • Original Release: 1939
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Region Code: 0
  • Time: 1:07:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 17,409

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Humphrey Bogart Joe Gurney
James Stephenson Bill Stevens
John Eldredge Niles Nelson
Jessie Busley Aunt Josephine
Arthur Aylesworth Dr. Sanders
Ray Brown Sheriff
Harland Tucker Mr. Ames
Ralph M. Remley Mr. Robert
Charley Foy Slick
Murray Alper Eddie
Joe Devlin Porky
Elliott Sullivan Mugsy
Alan Davis Pete
John Harmon Slats
John Ridgely Jerry
Richard Bond Intern
Charles Trowbridge Dr. Ryan
Sherwood Bailey Boy
Clem Bevans
Sidney Bracey
Frank Bruno
Nat Carr Villagers
Glen Cavender Deputy
Kay Francis Carole Nelson
William Gould Chief of Police
John Harron G-Man
Stuart Holmes Doorman
Vera Lewis Woman
Paul MacWilliams Anesthetist
Jack Mower
Jimmy O'Gatty
Paul Panzer
Richard Quine Student
Cliff Saum
Edwin Stanley Dr. Jacobs
Carl Stockdale
Doc Stone Gangster
Pierre Watkin District Attorney
Lotta Williams Farmer Couple
Tom Wilson
Technical Credits
Lewis Seiler Director
George Bricker Screenwriter
Frank Dewar Editor
Leo F. Forbstein Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Sidney Hickox Cinematographer
Orry Kelly Costumes/Costume Designer
Charles Novi Art Director
Orry-Kelly Costumes/Costume Designer
Heinz Roemheld Score Composer
Vincent Sherman Screenwriter
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