"SHOULD A DOCTOR TELL?"
A DELICATE QUESTION.
Members of the nursing profession were present by invitation at the Grand Theatre on Wednesday morning, when the Austra- lian picture. "Should a Doctor tell?" was
screened. The subject of eugenics is one which is being discussed all over the world and the picture proved to be a frank argument in its favor presented pic- torially. The lesson of the evils accrued from the marriages of the unfit is pre- sented forcefully, but with a certain re- straint which has eliminated nauseating details. A leading character in the story is a doctor, who, knowing that he has inherited consumption will not propose to the girl he loves. Later when he meets the man she is to marry he learns that in all human probability the marriage must end in untold misery and degradation for the girl. The dictum of professional secrecy has been firmly imposed upon him and he cannot make up his mind to re- veal the truth. On the other hand he is tortured by his love for the girl and the certainty that through his silence she will enter into a contract which must inevitably lead her to a terrible fate. The question of what limit should be set to the seal of confidence is further complicated by the doctor's poverty. When the man in the case learns that he is physi- cally unfitted for a happy marriage, through his former reckless life, he offers the young doctor a heavy bribe to keep silence. This the doctor accepts in des- peration, because his mother is seriously ill. The happy little bride is the daugh- ter of a well known woman medico, and the fact that her old friend and colleague has given her prospective son-in-law a clean bill of health fuels the mother's suspicions. The final scenes of the story are most exciting, and a wild race in an old and battered motor car is a thrilling spectacle. The picture ends on a fine note of sacrifice. In addition to the powerful moral lesson portrayed, the story is exceedingly interesting and the photo- graphy is much in advance of some pre- vious Australian productions. The w[....] question of professional privilege is dealt with in a remarkable manner. The pic- ture will be shown at the Grand Theatre on Monday.