Doctor Jackson, "Dr. Jack" for short, is a poor country doctor from
Magnolia Meadows who believes that most illness is psychosomatic,
and that anyone can be cured if one's mind is put to it. A
number of patients in the town receive pick-me-ups from Dr. Jack,
and their smiles are is payment.
Meanwhile, the Sick-Little-Well-Girl has been sheltered from light
and excitement for years, under the "time and skill-mostly time" of
Dr. Ludwig vonsaulsbourg. Dr. Jack first encounters Miss
Haskell, her father and her doctor, at an eatery, and it is love at
A lawyer, Jamison, is impressed by the young
physician; his mother was one of Dr. Jack's patients, and the lawyer
just happens to be friends with Mr. Haskell.
Jamison suggests a consultation to Haskell, later warning Dr. Jack,
"The doctor she has now is an old fogy-a four-flusher! Use
your own methods. Pay no attention to vonSaulsbourg's ideas."
When Dr. Jack arrives at the Haskell home, the infatuation grows
between him and the girl, but her doctor convinces Mr. Haskell that
he is the better of the two physicians. Dr. Jack is shunned
from the home, after "accidentally" kissing Miss Haskell while
examining her eyes too closely. He feels, though, that with a
little excitement in the house, the Sick-Little-Well-Girl will be as
good as new, so he devises a plot, surrounded by a police search for
an escaped lunatic, Lumpy Logan.
Dr. Jack disguises himself as the lunatic, and uses acrobatics and
thrills to cause more excitement than the household has ever seen.
Later, Dr. Jack is revealed as the madman, his motives uncovered,
and Mr. Haskell relieves vonsaulsbourg of his duties, realizing that
Doctor Jack has brought his daughter back to life.