AFI Catalog of Feature Films
Movie Detail
Name Occurs Before Title Offscreen Credit Print Viewed By AFI
Dr. Monica
Alternate Title: When Tomorrow Comes
Director: William Keighley (Dir)
Release Date:   23 Jun 1934
Production Date:   24 Feb--15 Mar 1934
Duration (in mins):   65
Duration (in reels):   7
Print this page
Display Movie Summary


Cast:   Kay Francis (Dr. Monica [Braden])  
    Warren William (John [Braden])  
    Jean Muir (Mary [Hathaway])  
    Verree Teasdale (Anna [Littlefield])  
    Emma Dunn (Mrs. Monahan)  
    Phillip Reed (Burton)  
    Herbert Bunston (Pettinghill)  
    Ann Shoemaker (Mrs. Hazlitt)  
    Virginia Hammond (Mrs. Chandor)  
    Hale Hamilton (Dr. Brent)  
    Virginia Pine (Louise)  
    Pauline True (Maid)  
    Norma Drew (Maid)  
    Leila McIntyre (Maid)  
    Edward McWade (Janitor)  
    Harry Seymour (Taxi driver)  
    Stanley Mack (Mechanic)  
    Eric Wilton (Butler)  
    Gordon Elliott (Rutherford)  
    Marion Lessing (Mrs. Swiegart)  
    Reginald Pasch (Mr. Swiegart)  
    Paul Power (Clerk)  
    Claire McDowell (Miss Bryerly)  
    Helen Jerome Eddy (Miss Gelsey)  

Summary: Monica Bradon, a happily married physician, is completely unaware that her husband John is having a love affair with her good friend, Mary. John and Mary end their relationship out of guilt, but when Mary faints during a party they are all attending, Monica learns that her friend is pregnant. Mary refuses to disclose the father's identity, but begs Monica to help her. Monica, who desperately wants a child of her own, personally handles Mary's medical care. As Monica is preparing to deliver the child, she overhears Mary telephone John and realizes the identity of Mary's secret lover. Although Monica is stunned at the news, her close friend Anna reminds her of her duty as a doctor, and Monica delivers Mary's baby. Anna encourages Monica to forgive and accept John, but Monica feels that with the birth of the child, he now belongs to Mary. Before Monica gives him up completely, she goes with him on a romantic vacation, after which she tells him that she knows his secret and that the only solution is that they divorce. Meanwhile, Anna convinces Mary that she must relinquish John, and in response to Anna's advice, Mary commits suicide by flying her airplane into the sea, leaving the baby's future to John and Monica. 

Production Company: Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.  
Distribution Company: Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.  
  The Vitaphone Corp.  
Director: William Keighley (Dir)
  Lee Katz (Asst dir)
Producer: Henry Blanke (Prod)
  Jack L. Warner (Exec prod)
  Hal B. Wallis (Exec prod)
Writer: Charles Kenyon (Scr and adpt)
  Laura Walker Mayer (English adpt)
Photography: Sol Polito (Photog)
Art Direction: Anton Grot (Art dir)
Film Editor: William Clemens (Ed)
Costumes: Orry-Kelly (Gowns)
Music: Leo F. Forbstein (Vitaphone Orch cond)
Country: United States

Source Text: Based on a Polish play by Marja Morozowicz Szczepkowska (production undetermined) and the English-language adaptation, Dr. Monica , by Laura Walker Mayer (New York, 6 Nov 1933).
Authors: Marja Morozowicz Szczepkowska

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc. 5/7/1934 dd/mm/yyyy LP4802

Physical Properties: Sd:
  b&w:

 
Genre: Melodrama
Sub-Genre: Medical
 
Subjects (Major): Infidelity
  Marriage
  Pregnancy
 
Subjects (Minor): Aviators
  Mistresses
  Suicide
  Unmarried mothers
  Wives
  Women physicians

Note: The film's working titles were The Affairs of Monica and When Tomorrow Comes . According to a news item in HR , Joel McCrea was considered for the male lead in the film. Warner Bros. records reveal that Jack Warner suggested Barbara Stanwyck for the leading role. Correspondence included in the file on the film in the MPAA/PCA collection in the AMPAS library recommended that the picture be pulled from the theatres for its violations of the production code, specifically its references to adultery and pregnancy. Joseph I. Breen, Public Relations Director of the AMPAA, also objected to the film's portrayal of women, identifying characters as a lesbian, a nymphomanic and a prostitute. 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Daily Variety   24 Feb 34   p. 3.
Daily Variety   15 Mar 34   p. 2.
Daily Variety   17 May 34   p. 3.
Film Daily   22 Jun 34   p. 13.
Hollywood Reporter   17 Feb 35   p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter   5 Mar 1934 p. 7.   
Motion Picture Daily   25 May 34   p. 12.
Motion Picture Herald   28 Apr 34   p. 2.
Motion Picture Herald   19 May 34   pp. 39-44.
Motion Picture Herald   26 May 34   p. 38.
New York Times   21 Jun 34   p. 28.
Variety   26 Jun 34   p. 16.

Display Movie Summary
The American Film Institute is grateful to Sir Paul Getty KBE and the Sir Paul Getty KBE Estate for their dedication to the art of the moving image and their support for the AFI Catalog of Feature Films and without whose support AFI would not have been able to achieve this historical landmark in this epic scholarly endeavor.
 
Advanced Search
Support our efforts to preserve hisotory of film
Help AFI Preserve Film History

© 2017 American Film Institute.
All rights reserved.
Terms of use.