Horror/mystery in which an over-burdened doctor struggles to find meaning in his life while a murderer stalks the halls of his hospital.

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Dr. Herbert Bock
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Barbara Drummond
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Drummond
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Dr. Welbeck (as Richard A. Dysart)
Stephen Elliott ...
Dr. Sundstrom
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Milton Mead
Andrew Duncan ...
William Mead
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Mrs. Christie
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Hitchcock
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Guernsey
Lenny Baker ...
Dr. Schaefer
Richard Hamilton ...
Dr. Ronald Casey
Arthur Junaluska ...
Mr. Blacktree
Kate Harrington ...
Nurse Dunne
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Marilyn Mead
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Herbert Bock is chief of medicine in a major teaching hospital. His wife has left him, he is impotent and his children have both disowned him. He is toying with the idea of suicide when patients begin dying, not from complications, but from the erroneous treatments the Hospital is giving them. People in the wrong beds are given wrong medicines, sent to operating theaters for incorrect surgery, and found in waiting rooms dead of natural causes. Barbara Drummond has come to take her comatose father back to the Sioux reservation where he operates a clinic and they each reach out to each other for emotional support, as a shadowy figure stalks the patients and staff of the hospital. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Madness, Murder and Malpractice. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Mystery

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16 June 1972 (Ireland)  »

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Right Smack Into the Wind  »

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"The Hospital" seen in the movie was New York's vast Metropolitan Hospital Center and is referred to as "Manhattan Medical Center" by Ms Drummond when ordering an ambulance. See more »

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In the Emergency Room, the dead patient's eyes and head change positions between the time Mrs. Cushing and Dr. Spezio look at him. See more »

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Edmund Drummond: This is Dr. Ives. He's in the Nephrology Lab. I was in there a little while ago, and he was suddenly taken ill, and I thought I'd better get him over here right away. He had at that time perhaps an hour to live. Prompt treatment would have saved his life. As a staff doctor, he was seen without preliminaries... His vital signs were taken, an electrocardiogram... which revealed occasional ventricular premature contractions. An intern took his history... and then he was promptly... simply... ...
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Although Barnard Hughes played two distinct roles, the end credits lists Hughes as playing the role of Drummond but not Dr. Mallory. See more »

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This hospital reminds me of the one in Idabel, Oklahoma
11 August 2001 | by (Broken Bow, Oklahoma) – See all my reviews

May I never have to go to this hospital hospice, if I want to be politically correct] [which ass coined this asinine phrase, anyway?], for anything other than directions on how to get out of town. George C. did a masterful job playing the burned out, over worked cynic who has come to the conclusion that his life has been a waste, but is helpless to change his environment or conditions even when given a golden opportunity [which probably wasn't so golden anyway]. I got several laughs out of this brutally black comedy, however at the same time was sobered and often chilled to the marrow because I fear this very atmosphere pervades most houses of healing even as I write.


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