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Not as a Stranger (1955)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  July 1955 (USA)
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An ego-driven, aspiring physician, intolerant of the weaknesses of others, especially those closest to him, comes to grips with his own imperfections.

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Kristina Hedvigson
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Lucas Marsh
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Alfred Boone
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Harriet Lang
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Dr. Aarons
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Dr. Dave Runkleman
Myron McCormick ...
Dr. Snider
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Job Marsh (as Lon Chaney)
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Ben Cosgrove
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Oley
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Brundage
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Bruni
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Dr. Dietrich
Jack Raine ...
Dr. Lettering
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Nurse Odell
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Lucas Marsh, an intern bent upon becoming a first-class doctor, not merely a successful one. He courts and marries the warm-hearted Kristina, not out of love but because she is highly knowledgeable in the skills of the operating room and because she has frugally put aside her savings through the years. She will be, as he shrewdly knows, a supportive wife in every way. She helps make him the success he wants to be and cheerfully moves with him to the small town in which he starts his practice. But as much as he tries to be a good husband to the undemanding Kristina, Marsh easily falls into the arms of a local siren and the patience of the long-sorrowing Kristina wears thin. She reasons he no longer needs her and asks for a divorce. A calamity now brings Marsh to his senses. Dr. Runkleman, Marsh's gruff and wise employer, is stricken with a heart attack and requires emergency surgery. Marsh is forced to operate. Written by alfiehitchie

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The name of the procedure that Lucas was arguing about with Dr. Dietrich is called a vagotomy. At the time this film was made, it was a common procedure but it is rarely performed nowadays. See more »

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When Dr Runkleman is undergoing surgery near the end of the film, there are several close-ups of an electrocardiograph as it monitors the procedure. However, there are no leads (wires) connecting it to the patient. See more »

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Dr. Dave W. Runkleman: [Opening lines] Gentlemen, this is a corpse!
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Good Cast carries Film
8 September 2004 | by (Adelaide Australia) – See all my reviews

I rated "Not as a Stranger" fairly high due mainly to the superb cast rather than the somewhat disappointing direction. Prior to this, Stanley Kramer had done some very fine work, and the Book offered him a great opportunity to make a landmark film, but I felt that it just misses the mark. However, one cannot speak too highly of the acting of Olivia de Havilland, Frank Sinatra, Broderick Crawford and Charles Bickford who were all superb, while I was pleased by Robert Mitchum's efforts to portray this two-timing Doctor but still thought certain other actors would have been better suited to the role. Gloria Grahame has never been a special favorite of mine, but did do well. It has been criticised a lot over the years, but it did not deserve some of the brickbats thrown at it.


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