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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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Additional Details

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

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Factual errors: Beginning scenes of movie shows coal mine operations in Coalville, Pa. The railroad caboose was from ATSF( Santa Fe). That railroad never had any operations in Pennsylvania.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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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Nothing Special, 8 January 2012
Author: dougdoepke from Claremont, USA

A freshly discharged army doctor passes up practice in blue-collar hometown for big- paying practice among a city elite that includes a cool blonde dilettante.

I got this epic as part of a package claiming to be all noir. The only thing noir in this movie are the several night time shots— otherwise, no crime, no hand of fate, and no moody atmosphere. Only blonde seductress Helen (Scott) instead, and she's hardly the standard spider woman. Actually, the movie's more b&w soap opera than anything else.

That's not to say there're no redeeming features. I guess I wasn't aware of what a racket doctoring among the wealthy can be. The movie shows what a cushy pandering job it can be, treating headaches with high-priced medicines and smarmy words. And coming from a muckraker like novelist McCoy, e.g. They Shoot Horses Don't They (1969), I take it as factually based.

And surprise, surprise, to me, at least—actor Heston is quite animated as the sell-out doctor. I guess this was before he stiffened into a big-screen movie god, but whatever, he's quite persuasive in the role. Still, I thought the script made the doc's transition from honorable soldier to money-grubbing pill pusher much too easy, more like a movie device than a character change. Nonetheless, get a load of the coal mine scenes, quite realistic and well done.

But, bottom line, the story follows a familiar pattern with no surprises, suggesting a production serving mainly as a vehicle for Columbia's newest hunk.

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