British filmmaker Maurice Elvey spent most of the late 1920s collaborating with directors brought in from the London stage. In The Physician, Elvey's associate was Gareth Gundrey, who'd directed the Henry Arthur Jones play on which the film was based. Temperance lecturer Walter Amphiel (Miles Mander) is not too thrilled to discover he has an illegitimate son. Even worse is the fact that Walter's fiancee Edana Hinde (Elga Bank) is a "closet" drunkard, imbibing everything with even a hint of alcohol. The humor is predicated on Hinde's intoxication and Walter's efforts to do right by his son -- in other words, there's hardly a laugh in the carload.
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