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Not as a Stranger (1955) Poster

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The first film directed by Stanley Kramer.
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Olivia de Havilland and Robert Mitchum prepared for their roles by attending eight operations. Broderick Crawford attended an autopsy for his autopsy scene and promptly got sick.
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According to Kramer biographer Donald Spoto, Myron McCormack was drunk when his scene as anesthesiologist was shot.
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This is one of the first films where an actual human heart is seen beating during open-heat surgery.
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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.
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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.
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Stanley Kramer claimed that Gloria Grahame put a piece of tissue under her upper lip because she was convinced it made her look sexier.
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There was a such a boisterous atmosphere on this shoot, that Robert Mitchum described it as " not so much a cast as a brewery !".
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