A very different sort of role for Duryea--and a nice change of pace.
During the 1940s, 50s and 60s, Dan Duryea made a career out of playing a supporting player. For the most part, he played evil and spineless jerks--and did a great job doing it! He was a guy you just loved to hate! However, in this episode of "Climax!", you see him in a very different sort of role--playing a caring and very dedicated doctor fighting for his patients' lives.
"Hours in White" begins by learning that two identical twins were in an accident. One will most likely die soon unless he gets a kidney transplant--a brand new sort of surgery back in 1958. However, the hospital's Assistant Administrator is against it--BOTH twins (played by Steve McQueen) might be lost in the process and his vote is to take the more conservative approach and do nothing. What will happen with these two strong-willed men who are at odds with patient care?
Overall, this episode of "Climax!" comes off a lot like a show like "Dr. Kildaire" or "Medical Center". And, like these shows it's quite compelling and worth your time. For me, it's more than that--it's a great example of Duryea's amazing talent, as his performance was the backbone of the show and made it work. Well worth seeing--particularly if you know Duryea and his work.
By the way, making this even more amazing is that the show was filmed LIVE! Wow.
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