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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kristina Hedvigson
Lucas Marsh
Alfred Boone
Harriet Lang
Dr. Aarons
Dr. Dave Runkleman
Myron McCormick ...
Dr. Snider
Job Marsh (as Lon Chaney)
Jesse White ...
Ben Cosgrove
Virginia Christine ...
Dr. Dietrich
Jack Raine ...
Dr. Lettering
Nurse Odell


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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Stands alone ! first as a book ... now as a motion picture !


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Release Date:

July 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Morton Thompson's Not as a Stranger  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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According to Kramer biographer Donald Spoto, Myron McCormack was drunk when his scene as anesthesiologist was shot. See more »


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 »


Dr. Aarons: [to the interns in the operating theater] I have been a pathologist for over 25 years. I haven't gotten a single laugh out of it yet.
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Miscast, but surprisingly good
10 July 2005 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Stanley Kramer made his directorial debut here, following story of a medical intern who marries for money, later becoming a country doctor with an unhappy love life. Surprisingly involving adaptation of Morton Thompson's novel is both cynical and humorous, and Kramer really excels in the scenes behind hospital doors, particularly in the patient montages. He takes a good while to warm up however, and the actors also struggle getting into character. Robert Mitchum doesn't strike me as the medic type, and neither does Frank Sinatra (cutting up à la Jack Lemmon, giving the film some bounce nevertheless), but Olivia de Havilland does good work in the romance department. Second-half of the picture is more assured, if more routine, but the film is quite entertaining on the whole. **1/2 from ****

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