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Irving Wallace (screenplay)
Horace McCoy (screenplay)
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Release Date:
24 December 1953 (USA) See more »
A doctor returning from the Korean War to his hometown in Pennsylvania must choose what next to do with his life Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Charlton Heston ... Dr. Tom Owen

Lizabeth Scott ... Helen Curtis
Dianne Foster ... Joan Lasher

Mildred Dunnock ... Mrs. Mary Owen

Arthur Franz ... Dr. Jim Crowley

Ray Collins ... Dan Reasonover
Marjorie Rambeau ... Mrs. Roger Nelson
Lester Matthews ... Dr. Homer Gleeson

Rhys Williams ... Dr. Leslie M. Scobee
Lydia Clarke ... Rita Thornburg

Chris Alcaide ... Pete Olzoneski
Robert Keys ... Joe Marzano
Frank Sully ... Tippy Kashko, Townsman

Ann Robinson ... Lucille Grellett
Dorothy Green ... Ada Nicoletti
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Philip Ahlm ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Elsie Baker ... Mrs. Olzoneski (uncredited)
Ray Boyle ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Paul Bradley ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Robert Bray ... Trooper at Mine Accident Scene (uncredited)
Donald Chaffin ... Intern (uncredited)
Helen Dickson ... Party Guest (uncredited)
James Dime ... Miner on Tram (uncredited)
Bob Edgecomb ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Charles Ferguson ... Spectator at Mine Disaster (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Louise Franklin ... Maid (uncredited)
Lisa Golm ... Mrs. Marzano (uncredited)
Arlene Harris ... Mrs. Norton (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Party Guest / Chess Player (uncredited)
Bobby Johnson ... Black Attendant at Golf Club (uncredited)
Reid Kilpatrick ... Mr. Finer - Jeweler (uncredited)
Earl Lee ... Upham (uncredited)
Peggy Leon ... Mrs. Hardy (uncredited)
Carl M. Leviness ... Party Guest / Chess Player (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Party Guest / Golfer (uncredited)
Alix Nagy ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Barry Norton ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Grandon Rhodes ... Dr. Walter Messenger (uncredited)
Delia Salvi ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Ann Staunton ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jeffrey Stone ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Barbara Sutton Smith ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Ruth Vann ... Miss Murphy (uncredited)
Valerie Vernon ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Katherine Warren ... Mrs. Cartwright (uncredited)
Blackie Whiteford ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Directed by
Irving Rapper 
Writing credits
Irving Wallace (screenplay)

Horace McCoy (screenplay)

Produced by
William Fadiman .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Franz Planer 
Film Editing by
Al Clark 
Casting by
Henry Rackin (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Walter Holscher 
Set Decoration by
James Crowe 
Costume Design by
Jean Louis (gowns)
Makeup Department
Clay Campbell .... makeup artist
Helen Hunt .... hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Nicholson .... assistant director
Sound Department
J.S. Westmoreland .... sound engineer (as Josh Westmoreland)
Music Department
Mischa Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
George Duning .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Werner R. Heymann .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
John Leipold .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Arthur Morton .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
David Raksin .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Hans J. Salter .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Paul Sawtell .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Fritz Ford .... stand-in (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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83 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
USA:Approved (PCA #16585)

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Continuity: When Charlton Heston's character takes his nurse home, the car shown pulling up to the curb at her place is a Kaiser four door sedan. When Charlton Heston's character arrives at the mine blast he is driving a Lincoln two door hardtop.See more »
Dr. Tom Owen:[on the phone with his wife] Oh, I'm interviewing nurses, of course. Don't be silly, darling, of course she'll be fat and ugly. I do insist on good legs though.See more »


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A young, magnetic Heston in a post Korean War melodrama, 2 March 2011
Author: secondtake from United States

Bad for Each Other (1953)

Charlton Heston gets a bad rap sometimes--maybe that's what you expect after "Planet of the Apes"--but here he is the charming, confident, larger than life young man that made him famous. Yes, it's a B-movie, but it's a very strong performance for Heston and he is surrounded by a cast that is decent (Lizabeth Scott not at her best, which is saying a lot) to terrific (Ray Collins as the big business power guy he plays so well). The "business" at the center is a coal mine in a small Pennsylvania town, and Heston plays a doctor, Tom Owen, getting out of the military in a pseudo-noir kind of echo. Owen's dilemma is a worldly one--whether to doctor rich old women with frivolous pains or to work for the miners in their lower class afflictions.

And it is Lizabeth Scott, a pampered (and unabashedly pampered) rich girl who snags our hero, and so against his initial instinct Heston goes the rich and lazy way. But of course the coal mining town is all around him, and reminders pop up now and then. It's a great problem for a movie, and it's worked out with fairly predictable logic, so there is nothing to really fault here. Except that very predictability. Even Scott is a bit bland, not really getting to run her coolness to true ice. Some of the side characters are well developed, surprisingly (a "good" doctor untainted by money and an old woman who is wiser than she lets on at first), and director Irving Rapper (who should have been a music star in the 1990s with a name like that) makes it pop pretty well.

The less than sterling reputation of this movie is unwarranted, but it may be a result of higher expectations than this kind of movie deserves. Yes, the plot is boilerplate stuff, but so are half the movie plots out there. And Heston is sort of terrific. Yes, he plays a type, and he doesn't give the angst some other actor might, but I don't think the character, Dr. Owen, was an angst-y kind of guy. The way he wrestles with things is believable.

The cinematography by Franz Planer is better than I'd expected (the name didn't ring a bell) and there are small sterling moments, the camera moving around a group of people at a table, or across a wrought iron screen as the two leads start to hit it off. Nice stuff. The title is wrong, by the way--it's only Scott's character who is bad for the doctor, not the other way around. She's not about to be affected by anyone, especially a handsome young ex-GI who is such easy prey.

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