Medic (1954–1956)
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All the Lonely Night 

Pretty, young Helen has a collapsing colon. Unless she consents to surgery to open up a new elimination canal and container bag, she will die. But what will that mean to a young woman's self-image and life style. Daring topic for its time.

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Helen Varecka
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Dr. Hershon
Joseph Tomes ...
Dr. Navarro
Gloria Clark ...
Florence Conley
Jean Engstrom ...
Marian Castle
Peter Gray ...
Dr. Hamilton
Audrey Swanson ...
Nurse Prager
Joan Coolidge ...
Nurse Morris
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Pretty, young Helen has a collapsing colon. Unless she consents to surgery to open up a new elimination canal and container bag, she will die. But what will that mean to a young woman's self-image and life style. Daring topic for its time.

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5 September 1955 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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A Delicate Topic
21 November 2014 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

The second season kicks off with a very delicate topic. Attractive, young Helen has worried herself into a collapsing colon. Now she must have surgery if she's to survive. But that means opening a new elimination canal and wearing a bag to collect the human waste. She can't stand the idea, and her graphic rejection speech is not something heard on 50's TV. Karen Steele delivers a first-rate performance as the afflicted Helen. It's easy to sympathize with her predicament, and I'm not sure medical science has improved upon the recourse offered her. Note too that the entry is directed by ace movie director John Brahm, e.g. The Lodger (1944). With this difficult topic, the series shows that it's not afraid to tackle any medical problem touching on human frailty. I expect the entry won renewed respect for the series and for its second season.


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