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.
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).