Father Mulcahy is not acting like himself at all. An upcoming visit by his superior, Cardinal Reardon, has the good padre behaving like a petty, competitive child. On the eve of the biggest... See full summary »
Father Mulcahy is not acting like himself at all. An upcoming visit by his superior, Cardinal Reardon, has the good padre behaving like a petty, competitive child. On the eve of the biggest oration of his career, Hawkeye calls Father Mulcahy away from his sermon writing to the bedside of Pvt. Gary Sturgis (Patrick Swayze). Sturgis wants to remain at the 4077th, to watch over his unconscious buddy; and if compatible, he wants to be a donor for his friend. On Sunday morning, feeling unprepared to deliver his sermon, Father Mulcahy stands up in his bathrobe and quietly, tells a real life parable: the story of two men. Written by
When Fr. Mulcahey storms into the mess tent after the Cardinal's arrival and Hawkeye tells him about Sturgis' leukemia, he's wearing his priest's shirt and collar under his robe. Supposedly he went straight to post-op to talk to Sturgis and spent the night there. However, in post-op later that morning, he's only wearing a T-shirt under the robe. See more »
Lt./Capt. Father Francis J. Mulcahy:
I want to tell you about two men. Each facing his own crisis. The first man you know rather well. The second is a patient here. Well, the first man thought he was facing a crisis. But what he was really doing was trying to impress someone. He was looking for recognition, encouragement, a pat on the back. And whenever that recognition seemed threatened he reacted rather childishly. Blamed everyone for his problems but himself because he was thinking only of himself. But the second man was ...
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This is a solid performance by William Christopher as Father Mulcahy. He finds out that a Cardinal is coming. It drives him into an absolute tizzy with fear that all those around him will let him down. He goes around like a whirling dervish criticizing everyone. While he is in this state, two young men are in danger. One has been badly wounded and is barely hanging on. The other is waiting for him to wake up. His injuries are menial and so he spends his time at the side of his comrade. However, when he volunteers blood, Hawkeye realizes that this man (played very well by a very young Patrick Swayze) has leukemia. In the early fifties, this was pretty much a death sentence. No treatments available. What transpires is so sad and so full of the human spirit. The "sermon" delivered by Mulcahy is unforgettable.
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