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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
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Bruni
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Dr. Dietrich
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Dr. Lettering
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Nurse Odell
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Storyline

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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Trivia

The first film directed by Stanley Kramer. 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. Dave W. Runkleman: [Meeting Al for the first time] I was told you'd have a Cadillac.
Alfred Boone: [Wryly] It's just a front. The Cadillac has me.
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References Wicked Woman (1953) See more »

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Not as a Stranger
by Jimmy Van Heusen & Buddy Kaye
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Best Kept Secrets of De Havilland, Mitchum...
3 March 2001 | by (Missouri, USA) – See all my reviews

Not as a Stranger, best sleepers of all time. Not a rousing financial success by any stretch... but great performances by Olivia De Havilland, Robert Mitchum, Frank Sinatra. And for a directoral debut, a great piece! From an honest portrayal of early 1950s medicine to it's often brutal emotional scenes between De Havilland and Mitchum, this one is my second favorite among both De Havilland and Mitchum (the first for her being The Snake Pit, and first for him being The Sundowners -- he was always so comfortable with Deborah Kerr). This one is a keeper. I'd like to see it on DVD.


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