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Edward G. Robinson portrays real-life German medical researcher Paul Erlich, the man who discovered and perfected "Formula 606," the cure for syphilis. The world at large would prefer to treat the disease as though it does not exist, so Erlich spends most of his life underfunded and frustrated. A no-nonsense dowager (Maria Ouspenskaya) has faith in Erlich, however, and thus provides the necessary funds to develop Formula 606. Once the serum is released to the public, Erlich's reputation is threatened when a handful of syphilitics die, ostensibly as a result of the "cure." Brought up on criminal charges, Erlich is exonerated by his old colleague Dr. Von Behring (Otto Kruger). Considered daring in its time for its exploration of a "taboo" subject, Dr. Erlich's Magic Bullet holds up as one of Warner Bros.' most solid biopics, with a convincing performance from a nearly unrecognizable Edward G. Robinson. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Heinz Herald Best Original Screenplay 1940 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Huston Best Original Screenplay 1940 Nominee

Cast

Edward G. Robinson
as Dr. Paul Ehrlich
Ruth Gordon
as Mrs. Ehrlich
Otto Kruger
as Dr. Emil Von Behring
Donald Crisp
as Minister Althoff
Maria Ouspenskaya
as Franziska Speyer
Montagu Love
as Prof. Hartmann
Albert Basserman
as Dr. Robert Koch
Sig Rumann
as Dr. Hans Wolfert
Donald Meek
as Mittlemeyer
Henry O'Neill
as Dr. Lentz
Edward Norris
as Dr. Morgenroth
Harry Davenport
as Judge
Louis Calhern
as Dr. Brockdorf
Louis Jean Heydt
as Dr. Kunze
Charles Halton
as Sensenbrenner
Irving Bacon
as Becker
Douglas Wood
as Speidler
Theodore Von Eltz
as Dr. Kraus
Frank Reicher
as Old Doctor
Robert Strange
as Koerner
Egon Brecher
as Martl
Cliff Clark
as Haupt
John Hamilton
as Hirsch
Paul Harvey
as Defense Attorney
Stuart Holmes
as Male Nurse
Frank Lackteen
as Arab Man
Torben Meyer
as Kadereit
Ann E. Todd
as Marianne
Cliff Clark
as Haupt
John Hamilton
as Hirsch
Frank Lackteen
as Arab Man
Torben Meyer
as Kadereit
Stuart Holmes
as Male Nurse
Paul Harvey
as Defense Attorney
Frank Reicher
as Old Doctor
Egon Brecher
as Martl
Robert Strange
as Koerner

Crew

William Dieterle
Director
Jack L. Warner
Producer
Wolfgang Reinhardt
Producer
Hal B. Wallis
Producer
Heinz Herald
Screenwriter
John Huston
Screenwriter
James Wong Howe
Cinematographer
Max Steiner
Composer (Music Score)
Warren Low
Editor
Robert Burks
Special Effects
Robert Burks
Consultant/advisor
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