The Doctor and the Girl

The Doctor and the Girl (also known as Bodies and Souls) is a 1949 drama film directed by Curtis Bernhardt, starring Glenn Ford and Janet Leigh and inspired by a french novel of Maxenve Van der Meersch.

The Doctor and the Girl
Directed byCurtis Bernhardt
Produced byPandro S. Berman
Written byTheodore Reeves
Story byMaxence van der Meersch
StarringGlenn Ford
Charles Coburn
Gloria DeHaven
Music byRudolph G. Kopp
CinematographyRobert H. Planck
Edited byFerris Webster
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • September 29, 1949 (1949-09-29) (U.S.)
Running time
98 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1,888,000[1]


Michael Corday comes from a family of physicians, and upon completing his own medical degree, he moves back to New York City and starts an internship at Bellevue Hospital.

Back in the city, Michael starts criticizing his sister Mariette's fiancé George Esmond of marrying because he wants to be part of their distinguished and renowned family. At the hospital he is criticized himself for poor performance by his older and more experienced colleague, Dr. Granville, in the E.R.

After a string of malicious rumors about Michael start circulating around the hospital, he decides that he will have to make an effort, so he takes extra good care of a patient by the name of Evelyn, who is a young poor woman working in a candy store. Before long Michael falls in love with Evelyn, much to his father's dismay.

Fabienne, who is Michael's youngest sister, leaves the family home to live alone in the Greenwich Village. To save the family reputation, Michael's father gets his friend and fellow doctor, Frank, to pay Evelyn a sum of money to stay away from Michael. When Michael learns of the money, he starts roaming the streets in a desperate search for Evelyn. He finds her in the candy store and decides to take care of her until she has recovered enough to marry him. Together they open up a medical practice in a poorer neighborhood on Third Avenue.

Misfortune lands on the family and Michael's father falls ill. Mariette puts her wedding plans on hold to nurse her father. One night Fabienne turns up at Michael's doorstep, sick after having an illegal abortion. She has lost too much blood and dies shortly after. Michael slowly changes his ways when treating the poor people at his practice. With Evelyn by his side, he develops a great deal of empathy and decides to continue with his work at the practice instead of pursuing a more profitable medical career.[2]


Glenn FordDr. Michael Corday
Charles CoburnDr. John Corday
Gloria DeHavenFabienne
Bruce BennettDr. Norton
Warner AndersonDr.Esmond
Janet LeighEvelyn Heldon
Basil RuysdaelDr. Garard
Nancy DavisMariette Esmond
Arthur FranzDr. Kenmore
Lisa GolmHetty


According to MGM records the film earned $1,326,000 in the US and Canada and $562,000 elsewhere resulting in a profit of $184,000.[1][3]


  1. The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
  3. "Top Grossers of 1949". Variety. 4 January 1950. p. 59.

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