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“I’m a doctor…” from Mystery to Star Trek?

Posted by Donna Dolezal Zelzer on August 17th, 2008

The Kennel Murder Case is a 1933 movie starring William Powell as Detective Philo Vance. About 27 minutes into the movie, a doctor arrives to examine the body of the murder victim. (At this point, most of the officials think it’s suicide, but Vance is sure it’s murder.)

Anyway, as the doctor is walking to the building where the body is, the reporters hanging around outside pester him for a statement (which obviously he can’t give because he doesn’t know anything yet). He shrugs them off and says, “I’m a doctor, not a magician.” (I think it’s “magician”, the sound wasn’t really clear.)

A bit later, just before he examines the body, he says “I’m a doctor, not a detective.”

Could this be the origin of this famous line (in all it’s variations) for Bones McCoy?

Oh, and it was a fun mystery, too.

The Kennel Murder Case (1933)


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2 Responses to ““I’m a doctor…” from Mystery to Star Trek?”

  1. Starfox Says:

    That is really cool! A bit of trivia that I sure didn’t know about! I wonder if the writers on the Star Trek original series actually did reproduce that from this source? So interesting. Thanks for the post.

  2. Jaja Says:

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