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The Doctor's Dilemma (1958)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | January 1959 (USA)
Mrs. Dubedat loves and idolizes her artist husband, Louis, but he is dying of tuberculosis. She goes to a doctor and convinces him to save her husband. The doctor can keep only so many ... See full summary »

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Mrs. Dubedat loves and idolizes her artist husband, Louis, but he is dying of tuberculosis. She goes to a doctor and convinces him to save her husband. The doctor can keep only so many patients, and must choose who is worth saving, but is convinced that Louis' artistic talents make him worthy. But when he and several colleague meet Louis, they discover that he is in fact a smooth-talking money-grabbing scoundrel. They also learn that he has another wife, whom he has abandoned. So, the doctor has a problem: should he let Louis die, leaving Mrs. Dubedat with her idealized image, or save him and his artistic talents, but force her to face his bigamy and other flaws? Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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Arzt am Scheideweg  »

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1.66 : 1
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It was once rumored, nearly two decades before, that a film version, produced by Gabriel Pascal would have had Leslie Howard and Wendy Hiller (the stars of Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion (1938)) playing the lead roles. See more »

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Perhaps I went a little overboard with my vote....
7 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I had just seen it for the first time, and was afraid my friend who has...um..certain resources...would forget to--um--make it available to me. But he did, he did.

I found all the acting, including Caron's. more than satisfactory. Morley and Aylmer are especially funny as two of the doctors ("stimulate the phagocites!" "Bah! A blackguard is a blackguard!") Boqarde is at his most delightful and easy as a gifted but COMPLETELY amoral artist. Oddly, his innocent wife knows all about it in a way. He only has two weaknesses, she says: money and women. Jane Austen says love and money are all there is, so I guess...that about covers it.

Yes, the technicolor is a bit brutal...

"Remember the burning bush?"


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