The Crime of Dr. Hallet (1938)

Genres - Drama, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Medical Drama, Melodrama  |   Run Time - 65 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This medical melodrama, set in the moist Sumatran jungles, centers around bacteria research. To find a cure for red fever, a dreaded disease, a young doctor with a healthy Park Avenue clientele, leaves his practice and ventures into the jungle. The native doctors do not welcome his to Sumatra as they are already researching for a cure. The New York doctor is given only small, meaningless tasks. Still he continues his research independently in a small jungle clearing. He finally succeeds and finds a cure. Unfortunately, he himself is infected by the disease. The other doctors inject him with their cure which has no effect. The doctor dies. Afterwards his rivals find his notes. They feel badly about their treatment of him and they decide to continue his research. To pay for it, they forge $4,000 worth of his travelers checks. They hire a new assistant, and she falls in love with one of them. Later, the late doctor's wife appears. She is angry and accuses the researcher of fraud and murder. Then she gets sick. Using the new cure, they heal her. The new cure is a success.

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assistance, bacteria, cure, death, disease, doctor/nurse, experiment, fever, finances, forgery, fraud, guilt, jungle, love, medical, menial-task, obstacle, plague, research, wife