The Doctor in Spite of Himself (1931 film)

The Doctor in Spite of Himself (Italian: Medico per forza) is a 1931 Italian comedy film directed by Carlo Campogalliani.[1] It is a free adaptation of Molière's play Le Médecin malgré lui. It was made at the Cines Studios in Rome.

The Doctor in Spite of Himself
Directed byCarlo Campogalliani
Written byCarlo Campogalliani
Molière (play)
Ettore Petrolini
StarringEttore Petrolini
Tilde Mercandalli
Letizia Quaranta
Music byPietro Sassòli
CinematographyUbaldo Arata
Edited byCarlo Campogalliani
Distributed bySocieta Anonima Stefano Pittaluga
Release date
February 1931
Running time
55 minutes

After starring the comedy, for many times in the theaters, Ettore Petrolini[2] reinvents Sganarelle, in a way close to the character Bertoldo of Giulio Cesare Croce. Referring to Petrolini, the film critic Filippo Sacchi had written "You have to accept it as it is, with his temperament and his admirable qualities ... with the grotesque and the joke that elude even without logic in the comic genre"[3]



  1. Moliterno p.62
  2. who had collaborated with the director, to the adaptation of the play


  • Moliterno, Gino. The A to Z of Italian Cinema. Scarecrow Press, 2009.
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