In 1944, Capt. Josiah J. Newman is the doctor in charge of Ward 7, the neuropsychiatric ward, at an Army Air Corps hospital in Arizona. The hospital is under-resourced and Newman scrounges ... See full summary »
In 1944, Capt. Josiah J. Newman is the doctor in charge of Ward 7, the neuropsychiatric ward, at an Army Air Corps hospital in Arizona. The hospital is under-resourced and Newman scrounges what he needs with the help of his inventive staff, especially Cpl. Jake Leibowitz. The military in general is only just coming to accept psychiatric disorders as legitimate and Newman generally has 6 weeks to cure them or send them on to another facility. There are many patients in the ward and his latest include Colonel Norville Bliss who has dissociated from his past; Capt. Paul Winston who is nearly catatonic after spending 13 months hiding in a cellar behind enemy lines; and 20 year-old Cpl. Jim Tompkins who is severely traumatized after his aircraft was shot down. Others come and go, including Italian prisoners of war, but Newman and team all realize that their success means the men will return to their units and combat. Written by
The officer played by James Gregory states on the phone that the Italians are the enemy. In 1944 the Italians had already surrendered and although savage fighting continued on Italian soil until the end of the war, the new Italian government declared itself allied with the United States, Great Britain, etc. Therefore the Italians were, not are, the enemy See more »
I finally saw this movie for the first time and loved it. I laughed, smiles, cried and laughed again. Each actor in the move gave a superb performance. This is definitely a must see work of all the fine actors of that era. It was tough not to fall in love all over again with Gregory Peck and Angie Dickerson who were strong characters, coupled with excellent performances from Tony Curtis and Eddie Albert. The supporting cast were tremendous and each were superb in their own right. This is a movie I can watch time and time again. There are so many movies set during war time but this is one that leaves you wanting for more. I would highly recommend this be a movie to watch.
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