Knock (1951)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Satire  |   Run Time - 105 min.  |   Countries - France   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

Jules Romain's satirical theatre piece Dr. Knock was brought to the screen by director Guy Lefranc in 1950. Louis Jouvet plays the title character, a medical charlatan who banks upon the hypochondria of others. He convinces every resident in a small French village that they're suffering from some malady or other, and soon he's doing a land-office business. Dramatic irony is achieved when Dr. Knock ultimately becomes a victim of his own success. Though Dr. Knock would probably work better on stage than on film, the end result is for the most part quite satisfying.

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doctor/nurse, con/scam, corruption