starring Reginald Denny and Mary Astor
November 22, 1924
An excellent farce-comedy; it contains a wealth of clean comedy that continually brings hearty laughs from the spectator. Reginald Denny has a new type of role - that of a mollycoddle - and no one could have handled it more successfully than he has done. Praise also is due the director of this piece, Mr. Harry Pollard. The picture has been cleverly adapted from the magazine story by Harry Leon Wilson. Mary Astor is appealing as the heroine. Otis Harlan, Thomas Ricketts, and William Mong are good as the three old "nuts" who lent the hero one thousand dollars (sic) on a coming inheritance, and who are in constant dread lest he be killed in an accident before they get their money back. Their respective peculiarities, when under emotional stress, get plenty of laughs, but such laughs are always second to those which Reginald Denny gets.
The action revolves around a young mollycoddle (hero) who, upon becoming interested in his attractive trained nurse realizes that there is something serious the matter with him and, when he discovers what it is, decides to correct it. From his aunt's maid he learns the type of man most women like; one of the qualifications is the ownership of a car, and another, not being afraid of anything. He quickly purchases a car, but his greatest battle is still before him - overcoming his abject fear of almost everything, including even an inoffensive, non-aggressive pork chop. He drives his car at a terrific rate, and of course meets with an accident. He then goes to motorcycling and again he has a mishap. He next tries flagpole painting. He comes through the victor, wins the nurse for his wife and saves his temporarily jeopardized inheritance.
"Oh, Doctor" should please any audience "right down to the ground."
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