The Young Doctors (1961)

 |  Drama  |  1 December 1961 (Sweden)
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Two pathologists -- a veteran department head (Fredric March) whose perspective has been shaped by years of red tape and day-to-day frustrations, and his new assistant (Ben Gazarra), a ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Joseph Pearson
Dr. David Coleman
Dr. Alexander
Ina Balin ...
Cathy Hunt
Dr, Charles Dornberger
Phyllis Love ...
Mrs. Elizabeth Alexander
Jim Bannister
Aline MacMahon ...
Dr. Lucy Grainger (as Aline Mac Mahon)
Arthur Hill ...
Miss Graves
Dr. Kent O'Donnell
Joseph Bova ...
Dr. Shawcross
Dr. Howard
Matt Crowley ...
Dr. Rufus
Dolph Sweet ...
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Two pathologists -- a veteran department head (Fredric March) whose perspective has been shaped by years of red tape and day-to-day frustrations, and his new assistant (Ben Gazarra), a young, somewhat aggressive man who is more up-to-date but who lacks his colleague's personal touch -- clash in a small hospital's lab. The gulf between their approaches is dramatically illustrated by two critical cases that both are intimately involved in. Written by alfiehitchie

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1 December 1961 (Sweden)  »

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1.85 : 1
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The taxi first shown hurrying Dick Clark and his pregnant wife to the hospital is a 1959 model Ford. The taxi they arrive in a 1960 Ford, a distinctly different looking model. See more »


Referenced in Hilde (2009) See more »

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Poignant moments that still resonate.
30 October 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Watching The Young Doctors again after many years, I was struck by the film's no nonsense approach to the vagaries of medicine. While circumstances-and science have changed in the intervening 47 years since the movies' initial release, the drama of life and death in a hospital, as trite as that sounds, plays out with earnestness and poignancy. Ben Gazarra plays pathologist David Coleman, assigned to a lab headed by the incumbent Doctor Pearson.(Fredric March.) Pearson, (played to perfection by March), resents the younger man's attempts to modernize the antiquated path lab. The push-pull dynamic between the two men is believable,even if it does, at times, creep toward cheesiness. Coleman's budding relationship with nurse Cathy Hunt (Ina Balin), has to hit the right note, as their interaction figures prominently in the climax of the story. Both actors are up to the task, especially Gazarra, who makes his character live and breathe-and be real. The poignant scene of an exhausted Eddie Albert as a doctor trying to give a dying infant a chance at life resonates-even today. I found the film compelling and genuinely moving, just as I did when I saw it for the first time.

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