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The Carey Treatment (1972)

PG  |   |  Crime, Mystery, Thriller  |  4 August 1972 (Ireland)
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Dr. Peter Carey is a pathologist at a Boston hospital. The daughter of the hospital's Chief of Staff dies after an illegal abortion goes wrong, and Carey's friend and colleague Dr. David ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Peter Carey
Georgia Hightower
Capt. Pearson
Skye Aubrey ...
Nurse Angela Holder
Elizabeth Allen ...
Evelyn Randall
John Fink ...
Chief Surgeon Andrew Murphy
J.D. Randall
David Tao
Dr. Joshua Randall
Roger Hudson
Sanderson the Pathologist
Steve Carlson ...
Rosemary Edelman ...
Janet Tao
Jennifer Edwards ...
Lydia Barrett


Dr. Peter Carey is a pathologist at a Boston hospital. The daughter of the hospital's Chief of Staff dies after an illegal abortion goes wrong, and Carey's friend and colleague Dr. David Tao is accused of performing the abortion. Carey doesn't buy it, and so he digs deeper, angering the girl's father in the process. Questions abound: Who performed the abortion? Was the girl really pregnant? And what does it have to do with stolen morphine, blackmail attempts, and a mysterious and dangerous masseur? Written by reservoirdog909

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Peter Carey M.D.: arrives from the coast - finds hypocrisy in a big Boston hospital - and a brilliant surgeon accused of abortion that turns to murder.


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4 August 1972 (Ireland)  »

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A Case of Need  »

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Blake Edwards disowned the final film due to constant studio interference. He originally planned to leave the project during production but after MGM threatened to destroy his career, he finished filming and quit the day production ended. See more »


When Carey jumps the bridge, the front hubcaps can be seen flying off the front wheels of his station wagon. The hubcaps then reappear back on the car. See more »


David Tao: There's nothing wrong with him that retirement and a healthy bowel movement wouldn't cure.
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A Case of Need
21 June 2009 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Hip, distinguished doctor James Coburn (as Peter Carey) arrives to accept a position as pathologist at a Boston hospital. Almost immediately, Mr. Coburn beds beautiful nutritionist Jennifer O'Neill (as Georgia Hightower). While sleeping with Ms. O'Neill, Coburn is awakened by an emergency involving a botched abortion - the fifteen-year-old who bleeds to death happens to be the daughter of the hospital's big donor, Dan O'Herlihy (as J.D. Randall). Coburn doesn't believe the man arrested, doctor pal James Hong (as David Tao), committed the crime; although, Mr. Hong admits to performing illegal abortions on the side. While trying to clear his friend, Coburn wades through a thickening plot…

**** The Carey Treatment (3/29/72) Blake Edwards ~ James Coburn, Jennifer O'Neill, Michael Blodgett, James Hong

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