Doktor X (1915)

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This typically impassioned Danish melodrama centered on two famous doctors -- the kindhearted Dr. Felix (Carlo Wieth) and the ambitious Dr. Voluntas (Gunnar Tolnæs) -- both attempting to be the first to discover a treatment for cancer. Dr. Voluntas treats his rival to what can only be described as a "make-over," assuming that Dr. Felix's ensuing success with women will quell his interest in a cancer cure. The transformation does just that. Dr. Felix falls for a young woman who becomes pregnant. The girl's brother challenges the good doctor to a duel and is killed. Dr. Felix attempts to contact his beloved but she died in childbirth. When Dr. Voluntas proudly reveals his discovery of a cancer treatment, Dr. Felix chooses suicide. This melodramatic plot was treated as a literary masterpiece by most reviewers who commended the entire cast and director Dinesen for their "masterful work." A well-known stage and screen actor, Robert Dinesen's most popular directorial effort was the Danish serial Maharajaens Yndlingshustru (1915; aka A Prince of Prahama), also starring Tolnæs.

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cancer, cure, Denmark, doctor/nurse, girl, medical-treatment, pregnancy, rival