Ben Casey (1961–1966)
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Fire in a Sacred Fruit Tree 

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Dr. Ben Casey (as Vincent Edwards)
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20 November 1963 (USA)  »

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A Fire In The Sacred Fruit Tree
23 November 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Medical Resident (played by Dean Jones, of ALL actors!) performs a then- illegal (1963) abortion on his Swedish girlfriend (Ulla Jacobsen), who is also dying of brain cancer, just by coincidence!!! It's a wonder that Bing Crosby, a conservative Catholic who also financed & "produced" the "Ben Casey" series, allowed this episode to ever go forth!! However, he DID, and this entry is a very strong pro-abortion piece! Too bad Dr. Casey didn't also "save" JFK later the next week!! The Jones character, naturally, is charged with a "crime" and then expelled from County General, and the medical profession. ("Fire" aired 11/20/63--just TWO days before JFK was shot.) Maybe ABC could have had Dr. Casey, "save" the late President in surgery and then get "shot" by Lt. Gerard, in a "crossover" episode with ABC's then-current hit series, "The Fugitive"!! (Perhaps Kimble could have taken an odd job at the Texas School Book Depository, just by coincidence!) Why aren't there more actual reviews of this classic old medical show? (We almost had a REAL neurosurgeon, Dr. Ben Carson (LOL!) for U.S. President last year!)


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