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I've never considered "The New Interns" a great triumph of creativity,
but it's a good movie with soap opera-type story and fine acting by
many future stars.
The movie is an in-name-only sequel to "The Interns" (1962) and follows the experiences of several interns at a big city hospital as they learn medicine. Like many hospital films, there are several subplots going on at once: doctor Dean Jones and nurse Stephanie Powers want to have a baby but can't; doctor Telly Savalas is Chief of Surgery and is always yelling; intern Michael Callan just wants to chase female nurses; intern Segal and social worker Stevens fall in love; intern Segal is ultra-dedicated to medicine and intern Callan just wants to party; intern Furth's wife is living in the (gasp!) men's dorm; patient Adam Williams is dying and he's mad about it; and so on. It gets a little hard to follow at times, I admit.
The film's best part is a drunken party, and Sue Ane Langdon is great as a druggy prostitute faking paralysis so she can get into the hospital and get "some real stuff". The battles between Segal and Savalas are entertaining, leading up to a rather limp moralistic conclusion.
My fondness for this movie is probably due to my love of mid-1960s cinema; also it's the only movie I know of in which Dean Jones gets drunk and cheats on his wife. It's also obvious that the filmmakers had another sequel in mind, since all sorts of loose ends were left dangling at the end. Very good for its type.
PS: Isn't that Bob Crane at the party?
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Picking up, in a way, from "The Interns", this follow up delivers more young doctors struggling with romantic and moral issues while partying their heads off at any opportunity. Callan is back and is referenced here as a prankster and a major womanizer even though in the original film he merely juggled one rich girlfriend and one older nurse. Now he's trying (not very stringently!) to complete his internship, which was cut short by a previous drug-induced meltdown, and is dating curvy tease Eden and pert, pretty Wells, both nurses living in the spanking-new ladies dormitory. One exploit has him dolling up in drag to prove that he can invade the tightly-guarded high-rise and, if not for his body language and voice, he makes a surprisingly convincing woman. Jones (taking over James MacArthur's part) and Powers (whose arctic shrew bears little relation to the perky, appealing nurse she played in the first film) are a newly-married doctor and nurse who hit a road bump when infertility rears it's ugly head. (Powers actually has to speak the line, "Infertility? How awful!") Segal, making his official film debut though he had acted in a few previously, plays an arrogant hothead who is smoothed out temporarily by the sensitive and fragile social worker Stevens. Savalas returns (this time fully bald) as the commandeering doctor in charge. Stevens also returns as the nurse trainer who throws the baby shower to end all baby showers for one of the intern's wives. Morris shows up as the lone black intern and Patrick plays the alternately stern and soft den mother to the men. Comic interludes are intertwined with more serious fare including a horrifying (offscreen) gang rape and its aftermath in which one character goes on a rabid war path for one assailant, even though the lady was attacked by THREE men! The film couldn't be categorized as boring, though not a lot of the scenarios ring particularly true. Contrivance is on display for more than one occasion. Callan hams it up a lot of the time. Jones isn't bad actually, but faced with the unbelievably petulant Powers, he hasn't got a great deal to work with. A pre-"I Dream of Jeanne" Eden is all kiss and run, but she's nice to look at, as is Wells who would soon go on to the TV legacy of Mary Ann on "Gilligan's Island". Segal is often aggravatingly bullheaded. This was his second and more prominent medical drama following "The Young Doctors". Stevens has a difficult and unevenly written role to play, but she does it well and is extremely appealing and attractive. Mathers, who plays an ill orphan boy is the brother of Jerry Mathers from "Leave it to Beaver" and the resemblance is noticeable. Crane appears briefly as a drunken reveler at the out of control baby shower, a highlight of this film just as a New Years Eve party had been in the first. This type of multi-character, multi-issue soap opera went places that TV soaps couldn't go at the time, but has since become extinct as the standards have loosened over the years. It's a mildly entertaining time-killer, worthwhile for its noted cast, but nothing more.
THE NEW INTERNS is a bad sequel to the crapulous THE INTERNS of two years earlier. Shot on the absolute cheap, it is a sequel in name only, although Michael Callan and Telly Savalas are back from the original. That's not saying much, of course. This time around, we have a couple of black doctors on board, including Greg Morris of MISSION IMPOSSIBLE fame. And George Segal is in fine form as a grim-faced intern sporting way too much pancake makeup and eye liner. He has a hysterical scene where he berates a weeping social worker (Inger Stevens) whom he later woos. And his Noo Yawk accent is marvelous to behold. I tell you, the laughs just keep coming, folks. Better you should watch an episode of GENERAL HOSPITAl from the same period or 1963's SHOCK CORRIDOR, a Sam Fuller classic featuring Peter Breck faking his way into a mental hospital and living to regret it.
This movie is unremarkable other than the fact that it features many TV
actors at the start of their careers - Stephanie Powers, Greg Morris, Dean
Jones, Michael Callan - as well as George Segal in his movie
He is probably the best thing about this overwrought melodrama, playing a
hot-headed intern who has to operate on the gang member who raped his
girlfriend. This movie is full of situations like that, all of which are
neatly resolved in the two-hour plus running time. Only rarely remaining
on the right side of sentimentality, this movie sometimes plays like one
those unfunny parody movies; cloying music swells and soars to indicate to
the less attentive viewer the appropriate moment to feel the tears welling
The movie also looks like it was made on the cheap, with some pretty shoddy sets and the majority of exterior scenes taking place at night, and the quality of acting (with a few exceptions) and writing are commensurate with a limited budget. One of the few bright spots: dear old Telly Savalas chewing the scenery in his regrettably few scenes.
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