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The Man Who Learned

Author: boblipton from New York City
10 October 2010

Brian Desmond Hurst is best remembered for his SCROOGE starring Alistair Sim. Here, he tackles the usual story of a young surgeon, played by Tony Britton, starting out under the aegis of Michael Redgrave -- Britton's character is engaged to Redgrave's daughter, played by Vanessa Redgrave in her screen acting debut.

Careful attention has been paid to technical issues of the era, and the capable cast handles their roles well enough. However, the standard plots of such movies are in full evidence, making this movie lack more than the standard levels of emotional involvement -- it's obvious that certain roles are going to behave in certain ways at certain times. In addition, DP Robert Krasker's color cinematography has a late-40s green cast to it and it looks like the color separations have shrunk at microscopically different rates making it slightly out of focus. I suspect the green cast may have something to do with the drug-addict-doctor subplot, adding an absinthe tint to the affair.

Still, Hurst's usual highly competent work keeps things moving along nicely. This one is definitely worth your time.

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Minor Surgery

Author: writers_reign from London, England
22 February 2017

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Michael Redgrave's name on the opening credits is usually as good as money in the bank but even class acts are entitled to an off day and this is a doozy. It is, of course, possible he was worrying about real life daughter Vanessa making her debut in front of the camera in this extremely ho hum entry in which virtually the entire cast - Tony Britton, Niall McGuiness, Miles Malleson, Lionel Jeffries - either walk though their roles and/or phone them in. The plot would be an embarrassment on Crossroads and needs only Paul Carpenter and Arthur Mullard to attain mediocrity. Even major surgery can't save this piece of cheese.

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Talky medical drama

Author: malcolmgsw from london
15 August 2013

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Medical films were in vogue when this film was made in 1958.the doctor films were in full swing.carry on nurse would shortly go before the cameras.emergency ward 10 was popular on itv.most of these titles were very entertaining which is more than can be said for this film.It concerns itself more with hospital politics than treatment.Tony Britton makes a mistake tending to a drug addict doctor rather than a patient who as a result dies.Britton agrees to carry the can in a rather unlikely scenario particularly since he had already been complicit in the schemes of Michael Redgarve as his future son in law.Britton is by chance engaged to his daughter played by Vanessa Redgarve in her first role.She is terribly aloof and about as appealing as a plate of cold mashed potatoes.the film is far too talky and overlong.Some entertaining character actors are unable to raise the tempo.

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