Men in White (1934 film)

Men in White

original film poster
Directed by Ryszard Bolesławski
Produced by Monta Bell
Written by Sidney Kingsley
Starring Clark Gable
Myrna Loy
Music by William Axt
Cinematography George J. Folsey
Edited by Frank Sullivan
Release dates
April 6, 1934 (1934-04-06)
Running time
74 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $213,000[1]
Box office $1,455,000[1]

Men in White is a 1934 Pre-Code film starring Clark Gable and Myrna Loy, and directed by Ryszard Bolesławski. Because of the suggested illicit romance and the suggested abortion in the movie, it was frequently cut. The Legion of Decency cited the movie as unfit for public exhibition.


Loosely based on the Sidney Kingsley play of the same name: a dedicated young doctor places his patients above everyone else in his life. Unfortunately, his Social Register fianceé can't accept the fact that he considers an appointment in the operating room more important than attending a cocktail party. He soon drifts into an affair with a pretty nurse who shares his passion for healing.

One thread of the story involves diabetic hypoglycemia:[2]

In this story two doctors have a conflict at the bedside of a young girl who is desperately ill. The young doctor diagnoses (correctly) that the patient is in insulin shock (needing glucose), while the senior doctor insists that it is a diabetic coma (needing insulin)...Fortunately, the doctor making the right diagnosis prevails: The child recovers and smiles up at him. Cut.



The film was very successful at the box office.[3] According to MGM records it earned $890,000 in the US and Canada and $565,000 elsewhere resulting in a profit of $784,000.[1]

Radio adaptation

Men in White was presented on the Lady Esther Screen Guild Theatre on CBS July 19, 1943. The 30-minute adaptation starred Jean Hersholt, James Craig, and Louise Allbritton.[4]


  1. 1 2 3 The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
  2. William Dufty (1975) Sugar Blues, page 97
  3. Churchill, Douglas W. The Year in Hollywood: 1934 May Be Remembered as the Beginning of the Sweetness-and-Light Era (gate locked); New York Times [New York, N.Y] 30 Dec 1934: X5. Retrieved December 16, 2013.
  4. "Allbritton, Louise". radioGOLDINdex. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
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