Dr. Monica

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Dr. Monica
Kay Francis in 'Dr. Monica', 1934.jpg
Directed by
Produced by Henry Blanke (uncredited) [1]
Written by Charles Kenyon
Based on
  • A Polish play by
    by Maria Morozowicz-Szczepkowska
  • Dr. Monica (1933 English adaptation)
    by Laura Walker Mayer
Music by Heinz Roemheld (uncredited)
Cinematography Sol Polito
Edited by William Clemens
Distributed by
Release date
  • June 21, 1934 (1934-06-21)(NYC)
  • June 23, 1934 (1934-06-23)(US)
Running time
65 minutes [1]
CountryUnited States

Dr. Monica is a 1934 American pre-Code melodrama film produced by Warner Bros. starring Kay Francis, Warren William, and Jean Muir. An obstetrician, who is unable to have children, discovers that the baby she is about to deliver was fathered by her husband.




The censors at the Hays Office requested a large number of changes to the script before they would approve it for production. One of the major issues they had with the script was that it explicitly included dialogue about the potential dangers of childbirth. [2]


Mordaunt Hall, critic for The New York Times, wrote that Dr. Monica is "not especially suspenseful", but it "moves apace and the acting is excellent." [3]

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  1. 1 2 Dr. Monica at the American Film Institute Catalog
  2. Kirby, David A. (September 2017). "Regulating cinematic stories about reproduction: pregnancy, childbirth, abortion and movie censorship in the US, 1930–1958". The British Journal for the History of Science. 50 (3): 451–472. doi: 10.1017/S0007087417000814 . ISSN   0007-0874. PMID   28923130.
  3. Hall, Mordaunt (June 21, 1934). "Doctor Monica (1934): The Screen; Kay Francis, Warren William and Jean Muir in the Picturization of a Polish Stage Work". The New York Times . Archived from the original on March 6, 2016.