This week’s mystery movie was the 1937 film Internes Can’t Take Money, with Barbara Stanwyck, Joel McCrea, Lloyd Nolan, Stanley Ridges, Lee Bowman, Barry Macollum, Irving Bacon and Gaylord Pendleton.
Screenplay by Rian James and Theodore Reeves.
Based on a story by Max Brand.
Musical direction by Boris Morros. Original music by Gregory Stone.
Photography by Theodor Sparkuhl.
Art direction by Hans Dreier and Roland Anderson.
Edited by Doane Harrison.
Sound recording by Harold Lewis and Louis Mesenkop.
Costumes by Travis Banton.
Interior decorations by A.E. Freudeman.
Directed by Alfred Santell.
Produced by Benjamin Glazer.
Information on the history of the film is available from the AFI catalog.
Internes Can’t Take Money is available on DVD from Critics’ Choice Videos.
I picked Internes Can’t Take Money by digging through the trade papers for a film that got good reviews and hadn’t aired on TCM. The film is a very different spin on the Dr. Kildare series and is nothing like the MGM films with Lew Ayres and Lionel Barrymore. It’s definitely worth a look.
I’m going to guess that Bosley Crowther gave it a middling review. Nope! This time it’s JTM (John T. McManus) May 6, 1937:
A nicely performed, well ordered and fairly rational reshuffle of the cinema verities (the chief of which are love, frustration, pathos, suspense, action and ambrosia) has come along to the Paramount entitled Internes Can’t Take Money. A title like that might readily presuppose one of those impressively dull clinical matters to which the screen is occasionally driven. The negation of this supposition is one of the chief attributes of the film….
Miss Stanwyck’s work is pleasantly subdued, in contrast to the stormy time she has had in her last picture or so. Joel McCrea, as far as this reviewer is concerned, can do no wrong.
For Monday, we have a mystery fellow. His companion has been cropped out due to insufficient mysteriousness and will appear Friday.
Update: For Friday, here’s our mysterious leading man.
Update: This is Charles R. Moore, left, and Joel McCrea.
For Tuesday, we have a mystery nun.
Update: This is Fay Holden.
Brain Trust roll call: Incredible Inman (Monday’s mystery fellow).
For “Hm Wednesday,” we have this mystery gent.
Update: This is Pierre Watkin.
And we have this mystery gent.
Update: This is Stanley Ridges with Barbara Stanwyck as the shadow woman.
For “Aha Thursday,” we have this mystery fellow.
Update: This is Irving Bacon.
Wednesday’s mystery fellow has a mysterious companion.
Update: This is Charles Lane, left, and Stanley Ridges.
And finally. Is he or is he not?
Is this Jack Mulhall? He’s supposed to be in the film, but this fellow only gets a moment of screen time.
Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (mystery movie and Tuesday’s, and Wednesday’s mystery guests), Jenny M. (mystery movie and all mystery guests), Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and all mystery guests, plus woman in the shadows), Sheila (mystery movie and all mystery guests), B.J. Merholz (Wednesday’s mysterious fellow who likes popcorn), Mike Hawks (mystery movie and all mystery guests) and Incredibleinman (mystery movie).
For Friday, we have our mysterious leading lady.
Update: This is Barbara Stanwyck with Stanley Ridges as Back of the Head Guy.
We also have our leading man and assorted mystery companions.
Update: Lloyd Nolan, left, and Joel McCrea look at a wounded Stanley Ridges.
Brain Trust roll call: Bruce Reznick (Thursday’s mystery guest No. 2), Mary Mallory (Monday’s mystery guest, Wednesday’s woman in the shadows, Thursday’s bartender and companion, Thursday’s mystery guest No. 2 and wealthy racketeer), Greg (Thursday’s mystery guest No. 2), Heaven (Thursday’s mystery guest No. 2), Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery guests), B.J. Merholz (Thursday’s mystery guest No. 2 and wealthy racketeer), Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mysterious bartender and mystery guest No. 2) and Sylvia E. (Thursday’s mystery guest No. 2).
I believe this is Charles Moore.
It reminds me of Girl of the Night (1960) in the general tone, but my guess is only a shot in the black and white darkness.
Alas, I’m afraid not. But an interesting guess!
Interesting guess, but alas, I’m afraid not.
Two votes for Nick Stewart, but alas, I’m afraid not…
INTERNES CAN’T TAKE MONEY. James Adamson Monday, Fay Holden Tuesday, Pierre Watkin and Stanley Ridges today.
Internes Can’t Take Money
Charles R Moore
Monday: Charles R. Moore in INTERNES CAN’T TAKE MONEY (1937)
Tuesday: Fay Holden
Wednesday: Pierre Watkin; Stanley Ridges
Woman in shadows: Barbara Stanwyck
Totally wild guess — “This Gun for Hire.”
An interesting guess, but alas…
Charles R. Moore, Pierre Watkin, Fay Holden and Stanley Ridges, ‘Internes Can’t Take Money’?
Charles Moore, Fay Holden, Pierre Watkin and Stanley Ridges in INTERNE’S CAN’T TAKE MONEY.
Another guess — “Internes Can’t Take Money.”
A youngish Charles Lane on Thursday. That narrows it down to about 300 films I guess.
Charles R. Moore Monday, Barbara Stanwyck Tuesday and today in shadows, Irving Bacon and Barry MacCollum, Charles Lane and Ridges, and Frank Bruno.
Wednesday’s standing fellow is Charles Lane.
Charles Lane for Wednesday?
Irving Bacon; Charles Lane, Stanley Ridges; Jack Mulhall.
Instead of chatting with Charles Lane, Ridges should be on the phone calling Dr. Kildare.
Irving Bacon and Charles Lane.
I recognize Charles Lane, but not the movie.
Joel McCrea Monday, and then today Barbara Stanwyck, Lloyd Nolan, and McCrea.
Internes Can’t Take Money 1937
Joel McCrea, Barbara Stanwyck, Lloyd Nolan, Stanley Ridges, Charles Lane, Fay Holden, May Wallace. Monday’s guy looks like an elevator guy and in IMDb that’s Charles R. Moore, but to me the actor doesn’t look like Moore. Will await your info on Saturday.
I had no idea that McCrea had played Dr Kildare. Big surprise.
Maybe Mr Moore is just really a lot younger here than in other films I’ve seen him in. I found another image from a thirties film where his expression and stance is more like this image. Sooo is it Charles R. Moore?
Barbara Stanwyck, Stanley Ridges; Ridges, Lloyd Nolan, Joel McCrea.
OMG!! I am a total Stanwyck fan – AND I love this movie. Good one – I was totally at sea…..
Interns can’t take money…it says here. Earlier when I searched Charles Lane I kept getting results for Orsen Wells. Perhaps I misspelled a name.
Barbara Stanwyck, Lloyd Nolan and Joel McCrea.
That is not Jack Mulhall. Mr. Hawks would have known immediately and he didn’t write it either. I wrote Frank Bruno for him.
Bruno played mostly gangsters and henchmen per his imdb listing and one of the photos showing them on the page looks similar.
In NIGHT NURSE 1931, gangster Ben Lyon helps Barbara Stanwyck save children from abusive parents and scheming chauffeur Clark Gable. In this movie, gangster Lloyd Nolan helps her find her child and fight off a slimy bad guy. Cowinky-dink? Let’s call it the benevolent gangster subgenre.