Between Two Women (1937): George B. Seitz’s Romantic Melodrama, Starring Franchot Tone, Maureen O’Sullivan, Virginia Bruce (Romantic Triangle, Hospital, Doctors)

George B. Seitz directed Between Two Women, a minor medical melodrama written by Frederick Stephani and Marion Parsonnet.

Grade: C+ (** of *****)

Between Two Women
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Theatrical release poster

The film, a love triangle forms between a doctor, a nurse, and an heiress, stars Franchot Tone, Maureen O’Sullivan, Virginia Bruce, Leonard Penn and Cliff Edwards.

A routine medical tale, Between Two Women contains the obligatory (but cliche) scene of the “operating room.” In that scene, we see gauze masks, antisepsis, and nurses handing instruments into the surgeon’s hand.

The operating surgeon (Franchot Tone) goes out into the world, only to realize that surgeons should never marry out of their profession.

Most of the cast’s actors play members of the hospital staff.  Maureen O’Sullivan is the ingenue, Claire Donahue, a younger, naive, and attractive nurse, who fall hard for the doctor.

Virginia Bruce, the spoiled heiress who persuades the hero to give up surgery for matrimony, becomes a patient not just once but twice.

After going through a conscience crisis, the doctor, who had earlier decided to resign, decides that, after all, he belongs at the hospital as a dedicated professional.

It was released on July 9, 1937, by MGM.

Franchot Tone as Allan Meighan
Maureen O’Sullivan as Claire Donahue
Virginia Bruce as Patricia Sloan
Leonard Penn as Tony Woolcott
Cliff Edwards as Snoopy
Janet Beecher as Miss Pringle
Charley Grapewin as Dr. Webster
Helen Troy as Sally
Grace Ford as Nurse Howley
June Clayworth as Eleanor
Edward Norris as Dr. Barili
Anthony Nace as Tom Donahue
Hugh Marlowe as Priest


Directed by George B. Seitz
Screenplay by Frederick Stephani and Marion Parsonnet, based on story by Erich von Stroheim
Cinematography John F. Seitz
Edited by W. Donn Hayes
Music by William Axt

Production and distribution company: MGM

Release date: July 9, 1937

Running time: 88 minutes


TCM showed this movie on August 8, 2022.