CastErrol Flynn (Dr. Newell Paige), Anita Louise (Phyllis Dexter), Margaret Lindsay (Frances O'Gilvie), Cedric Hardwicke (Dean Harcourt (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)) Release date1937 (1937) WriterMilton Krims (screen play), Lloyd C. Douglas (from the novel by) ProducersFrank Borzage, Hal B. Wallis, Henry Blanke Similar moviesJohanna, Self/less, The Expendables 3, Extreme Measures, Stonehearst Asylum, Patch Adams
Green light 1937
Green Light is a 1937 American film directed by Frank Borzage.
The film is adapted from a novel written by Lloyd C. Douglas. The novel is closely related to Douglas' previous book, Magnificent Obsession, which was also adapted as a movie.
Green light 1937 title sequence
Errol Flynn stars as Dr. Newell Paige, a surgeon whose refusal to name the real culprit in an operation gone fatally awry results in the ruin of his career. Dismissed from the hospital staff, Paige leaves Massachusetts and travels to Montana to assist a researcher in Rocky Mountain spotted fever, almost dying when he subjects himself to an experimental serum. Anita Louise stars as Phyllis Dexter, his eventual love interest, and Cedric Hardwicke as Dean Harcourt, an Anglican clergyman and radio preacher whose advice Dr. Paige at first dismisses, then later realizes is the truth. The film ends with Paige, returned to his former post and cleared of all charges, and Phyllis seated in the cathedral, listening to Dean Harcourt quoting a Psalm, followed by the St. Luke choristers' amen.
Errol Flynn as Dr. Newel Paige
Anita Louise as Phyllis Dexter
Margaret Lindsay as Frances Ogilvie
Sir Cedric Hardwicke as Dean Harcourt
Walter Abel as John Stafford
Spring Byington as Mrs. Dexter
Erin O'Brien-Moore as Pat Arlen
Henry Kolker as Dr. Lane
Pierre Watkin as Dr. Booth
Granville Bates as Sheriff
Russel Simpson as Sheep Man
Myrle Sedman as A Nurse
St. Luke's Choristers
The book was based on a best selling novel.
After starting in two swashbuckling films before this; Captain Blood and The Charge of the Light Brigade Flynn had asked Warner Brothers for a regular non swashbuckling role and this film was the result. However, after this Flynn's next film was The Prince and the Pauper.
Originally Warner Brothers announced that Leslie Howard would be the star and he was scheduled to begin filming Green Light at the end of June, 1935, after completion of his run in The Petrified Forest on Broadway but a persistent bout of boils which repeatedly landed him in the hospital throughout the production made it necessary for Howard to take an extended rest instead. Warners then announced the leads would be Flynn and Olivia de Havilland. De Havilland dropped out and the female leads were then to be played by Anita Louise and Ann Dvorak. Dvorak was then replaced by Margaret Lindsay.
The film was popular at the box office.
After completion of the film, Flynn was meant to start in The White Rajah, a biopic of Sir James Brooke based on a script by the actor himself. However this did not eventuate.