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      Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet

      Released Feb 23, 1940 1h 43m Biography List
      Reviews 69% Audience Score 100+ Ratings The German scientist Dr. Paul Ehrlich (Edward G. Robinson) makes remarkable advancements in the field of medical diagnostics with his research in cellular staining with dyes. His work results in new knowledge about tuberculosis, but also leads to his contraction of the disease. He travels to Egypt, where he investigates diptheria and earns more accolades. Eventually his research in treating diseases leads to the development of a "magic bullet" treatment for syphilis. Read More Read Less

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      Matthew Sorrento Film International (Robinson's Dr. Ehrlich) accumulates knowledge much like an investigator, for him an oppositional role he'd later take for Wilder in Double Indemnity. Rated: 10/10 Jan 30, 2014 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Steve D The script isn't much but the story is engaging and Robinson might give his best performance. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 05/25/23 Full Review Russ Edward G. Robinson playing against type in this competently made if melodramatic bio-pic. The science is dumbed down but the 1940 audience was probably dumber than even today's if that's possible. The script is sprinkled with hints of the racism that took hold in Germany in the 30's even though a good deal of the story line is set decades earlier than the Nazi takeover. Mr. Robinson probably had to take the role under studio contract but gives a good performance. If you want to see what is arguably his best, and unfortunately last, performance see him as another scientist, the fictional "Saul" in "Soylent Green." He was also darn good in The Cincinnati Kid seven years earlier. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member This is a absolute must watch. i think this is one of the greatest films of all time. a true masterpiece. a rare gem. Edward g Robinson best movie. a great supporting cast. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member Great movie....I loved it. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review Audience Member The best inspiring movie ever made! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Audience Member Well made if a tad stodgy bio-pic that has a great performance at it's center by Edward G. Robinson. How is it possible this man was never even nominated for an Academy Award? Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis The German scientist Dr. Paul Ehrlich (Edward G. Robinson) makes remarkable advancements in the field of medical diagnostics with his research in cellular staining with dyes. His work results in new knowledge about tuberculosis, but also leads to his contraction of the disease. He travels to Egypt, where he investigates diptheria and earns more accolades. Eventually his research in treating diseases leads to the development of a "magic bullet" treatment for syphilis.
      Director
      William Dieterle
      Producer
      Jack L. Warner, Hal B. Wallis
      Distributor
      Warner Bros. Pictures
      Production Co
      Warner Brothers/Seven Arts
      Genre
      Biography
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Feb 23, 1940, Original
      Release Date (DVD)
      Aug 4, 2009
      Runtime
      1h 43m