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Not as a Stranger (1955)

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

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


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July 1955 (USA)  »

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Morton Thompson's Not as a Stranger  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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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 »

Goofs

As a nurse, Kristina might have known that she should avoid being exposed to a typhoid patient while pregnant. See more »

Quotes

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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Featured in The Last Cigarette (1999) See more »

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Not as a Stranger
by Jimmy Van Heusen & Buddy Kaye
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Great movie, moving scenes
30 May 2004 | by (Salt Lake City, Utah) – See all my reviews

There has been a lot of criticism of Robert Mitchum in this film. I thought he was perfectly cast. I haven't seen this movie since I was a teen, in the 1960s. However, there were three scenes in the movie that moved me so strongly I can see them in my mind's eye all these years later. The first is the emotional scene when Olivia de Havilland can take no more of Mitchum's treatment and tells him to get out. She was so powerful and poignant. The second was when Mitchum was trying to revive Bickford and couldn't. Finally, the scene where he went back home, and de Havilland opened the door and Mitchum just stood there looking at her so pathetically. I just finished watching The Snake Pit and I'm going to go rent Not as a Stranger. She is such an amazing actress!


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