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Walk in the Shadow (1962)

Life for Ruth (original title)
When John Harris's daughter is badly injured in an boating accident, the hospital tells him that she will need an urgent blood transfusion. Due to his religious beliefs Harris refuses ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Craig ...
John Paul Harris
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Doctor James 'Jim' Brown
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Pat Harris
Paul Rogers ...
Counsel Hart Jacobs
Malcolm Keen ...
Mr. Harris Sr.
Megs Jenkins ...
Mrs. Gordon
Michael Bryant ...
John's counsel
Leslie Sands ...
Clyde - newspaper editor
Norman Wooland ...
Counsel for the Crown
John Barrie ...
Mr. Gordon
Walter Hudd ...
Judge
Michael Aldridge ...
Dr. Richard Harvard
Basil Dignam ...
Lawyer Mapleton
Maureen Pryor ...
Teddy's mother
Kenneth J. Warren ...
Sergeant Finley
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When John Harris's daughter is badly injured in an boating accident, the hospital tells him that she will need an urgent blood transfusion. Due to his religious beliefs Harris refuses permission, and the child dies. When the inquest clears Harris of all blame, the doctor in charge of the case tries to get the police to press manslaughter charges against Harris. Written by mike.wilson6@btinternet.com

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Thoughtful film that presents all points of view with fairness
8 January 2006 | by (Phoenix) – See all my reviews

A father's religious beliefs are put to the test when he refuses a blood transfusion for his daughter on religious grounds, and the child dies as a result. The doctor who tried to save the girl's life charges the father with manslaughter.

This is a thought-provoking film that does not take the easy way out. It would be easy to make a scapegoat out of the father's religion, or absolve him of responsibility by taking a fatalistic view. To this film's credit, it does neither, but strives to present all points of view with fairness.

As topical, relevant, and fresh today as when it was made. Highly recommended.


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