Weary Dr. Gentry gets no rest from his irritating patients. The pediatrician deals with ill-mannered kids and parents who can't make a move without checking with him first. An evening out ... See full summary »

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Doctor Gentry
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Weary Dr. Gentry gets no rest from his irritating patients. The pediatrician deals with ill-mannered kids and parents who can't make a move without checking with him first. An evening out with his wife to watch their oldest daughter star in "Romeo and Juliet" becomes a disaster when a panicked new mother interrupts the balcony scene with a silly phone call. Written by Jay Phelps <jaynashvil@aol.com>

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29 October 1953 (USA)  »

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Well acted but a tad annoying....
25 January 2016 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

In this installment of "Four Star Playhouse", David Niven plays Dr. Gentry--a pediatrician who is being run ragged trying to care for a lot of annoying patients as well as the demands of his own family. His daughter is going to star in a play tonight and, possibly, for once he'll actually be able to go to one of these affairs. Usually, his totally thoughtless patients call him at all hours. And, since the Doctor has no reasonable set of boundaries, he allows these idiots to bother him and his family all the time. One calls him about a half dozen times during the episode...all about unimportant things.

To me, this felt less like a typical episode and more like the pilot for some sort of sit-com. However, I really think they took the long-suffering part of the Doc way too far, as any sane doctor would have told a few of these super-needy patients to go to blazes. Because of this, despite the good acting, the show comes off as rather fake. Sure, in the old days doctors often made housecalls but this is just ridiculous!


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