When Doctors Disagree

When Doctors Disagree is a 1919 comedy film directed by Victor Schertzinger, written by Anna F. Briand, photographed by Percy Hilburn, and starring Mabel Normand. The movie was released by the Goldwyn Pictures Corporation with a running time of 50 minutes. A print of the film survives in the Cinémathèque Royale film archive.[1]

When Doctors Disagree
1919 advertisement
Directed byVictor Schertzinger
Screenplay byAnna F. Briand
StarringMabel Normand
CinematographyPercy Hilburn (French)
Distributed byGoldwyn Pictures Corporation
Release date
  • May 25, 1919 (1919-05-25)
Running time
50 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


As described in a film magazine,[2] Violet Henny (Ridgeway), the village miser's haughty daughter, as Queen of the May will not admit Millie Martin (Normand), the ragged daughter of old man David Martin, to her May Pole party, Millie breaks up the party. The next day she accompanies her father on the train to a nearby town to pay off the mortgage. While on the train she falls in love with chubby John Turner (Hiers), a young man who believes that he has committed a murder and is fleeing disguised as his uncle, who is a noted surgeon. Millie feigns a serious illness and the supposed doctor recommends an immediate operation, hoping to get the young woman off the train at the next town. He succeeds, but is also detrained to assist in the operation. After numerous remarkable incidents at the small town hospital, the couple are revealed as engaged.



  1. Progressive Silent Film List: When Doctors Disagree at silentera.com
  2. "Reviews: When Doctors Disagree". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 8 (24): 41. June 7, 1919.

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