General Addison Collins refuses to accept responsibility for the war games that have mortally wounded his son Curtis, a lieutenant. Charles tries to help Margaret, who develops laryngitis ... See full summary »
General Addison Collins refuses to accept responsibility for the war games that have mortally wounded his son Curtis, a lieutenant. Charles tries to help Margaret, who develops laryngitis as she is about to meet her hero, Dr. Steven Chesler. Written by
The unusual name of the character Gen. Addison Collins (played by John Anderson) was apparently borrowed from the French horn player Addison "Junior" Collins (1927-1976). He was considered a brilliant musician who performed with some of the greatest jazz leaders of the mid-20th century including Miles Davis, Glenn Miller, Charlie Parker, Claude Thornhill, and Gerry Mulligan but eventually fell victim to numerous personal problems. See more »
The inside of the general's trailer is larger and shaped differently than the outside of the trailer. See more »
There are two unrelated plots here. The more serious has to do with a young war hero, the son of a General, who has risked his life in the face of grave danger. He is on the brink from the moment he arrives. John Anderson plays the blood and guts two star general who brings a trailer to camp so he can do his thing while his son is trying to recover. There is a tender moment between Hawkeye and the General, that looks at the realities of war. The second has to do with Margaret and her fascination with a famous doctor who is going to be at a conference. On the eve of that event, she gets laryngitis and is embarrassed to try to call the guy. He later shows up at the camp to see her because of her heartfelt letter.
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