Not as a Stranger (1955)

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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  »

Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The four operations that are shown are a laminectomy, a subtotal gastrectomy, plastic surgery on a hand, and an aortal aneurysm. See more »


When Robert Mitchum and Olivia de Havilland visit "Greenville", which is supposed to be isolated and rural, they pass a truck with "Reseda Boulevard" on its side. Reseda Boulevard is just a few miles northwest of Hollywood. See more »


Dr. Aarons: I can see the picture you got of yourself already... a country road and an old Ford. It's a white house and you are Saint George complete in spotless armor. You get to a farmhouse. There's this man bleeding to death. Now alone, without instruments, without assistance, you perform an impossible operation, and because your heart is pure, you save him.
Lucas Marsh: I haven't any th...
Dr. Aarons: [Interrupting] You're going to go down that road. When you get there, you know what you're going to find? A man with a boil on ...
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References Internes Can't Take Money (1937) See more »


Not as a Stranger
by Jimmy Van Heusen & Buddy Kaye
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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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