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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 
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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Additional Details

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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: About 55 minutes in, as Mrs. Nelson is being rushed to the hospital, the ambulance we see on the street is a Cadillac. When it enters the ramp to the emergency room, however, it has turned into a Buick.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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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
formula Hollywood movie, 11 October 2011
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Charlton Heston and Lizabeth Scott are "Bad for Each Other" in this predictable 1953 film, also starring Mildred Dunnock, Arthur Franz, Marjorie Rambeau, and Dianne Foster. Heston plays a doctor who returns from the service to the coal town where he grew up. After meeting the wealthy, twice-married, shallow Scott, he decides not to stay in the service and becomes a society doctor, in it for the money. The nurse he hires to work for him (Foster) thinks he's better than that. The role played by Arthur Franz, that of a young doctor who admires him and doesn't mind going into the trenches, is essentially Heston's conscience.

I found this film pretty bland, but the big problem for me was that the main character as portrayed by Heston was just not likable. He wasn't likable before he took up with Scott nor was he likable throughout the film. Some of this was in the script, but some of it was in his line readings. He had fat attitude every time he opened his mouth. Frankly I didn't care what he did.

Lizabeth Scott was best earlier in her career, in her noir days, where her great voice, sexy blond looks, and ambiguous performances fit very well. Her character in this also was annoying. Now, she's not supposed to be likable, but we should have been able to see why Heston liked her. She seemed awfully pushy for his character to have put up with her.

Heston was tall, handsome, with a great voice and a dominating presence. This film was unfortunately directed in a somewhat old-fashioned manner so as to seem melodramatic and over the top. When someone with that strong a screen persona is directed that way, his performance becomes too actor-y.

Nothing special.

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