Medic: Season 1, Episode 14

Boy in the Storm (3 Jan. 1955)

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Following the death of his aunt/guardian, a 17-year-old epileptic is methodically treated with medication and extensive counseling in order that he may be able to live a comparatively normal life with a caring foster family.

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Dr. Moore
Evelyn Eaton ...
Nan (as Evelynne Eaton)
Harmon Stevens ...
Mr. Frankel
Carl Harbord ...
Mr. Jennings
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Following the death of his aunt/guardian, a 17-year-old epileptic is methodically treated with medication and extensive counseling in order that he may be able to live a comparatively normal life with a caring foster family.

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Dr. Konrad Styner: An epileptic is not insane, nor is he evil as men have imagined in the past. He is possessed of a disability as logically explainable as a lame leg. But the stigma of fear lives on, a reminder of man's superstitious past. This the doctor must treat, as well as the epilepsy. The practice of medicine does not stop with the administration of a pill or the use of a knife. It must also immunize against ignorance, intolerance, and superstition. These, too, are forms of sickness, and the practice of ...
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An Early Hopper Showcase
12 September 2014 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

The main draw here is an 18-year old, baby-face Dennis Hopper, in a role quite unlike his usual screen persona. He's Robert, a painfully shy epilectic, who's been kept sheltered by his aged aunt. When she dies, he's turned over to medical authorities for treatment of his malady. Unfortunately, there's no cure, but there are treatments, including the possibility that the attacks will simply go away. But now, Robert must adjust to a more normal life, which his shyness hasn't prepared him for.

Hopper is winning in a sympathetic role, showing an affecting range of subtle emotions. The epilectic attacks are also convincingly done. I wouldn't be surprised the performance here influenced his later casting in Nicholas Ray's epochal Rebel Without a Cause (1955). Also impressive is unknown Evelyn Eaton as the understanding nurse. Anyway, it's easy to see that Hopper was on his way up the Hollywood ladder, even if many of his later characters were as different from the conventional Robert as day is from night.


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