Medic (1954–1956)
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Break Through the Bars 

A quiet, sedate, middle-aged bank cashier suddenly begins to exhibit strange and disturbing behavior. After a thorough examination, a medical team decides that his problem can best be treated by electroshock therapy.

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(as Tony Leader)

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(teleplay), (creator)
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Henry Fisher
Lillian Culver ...
Martha Fisher
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Sam Conners (as King Donavan)
Forrest Lewis ...
Mr. Lombardo
James Hyland ...
Mr. Liggett
Russ Whiteman ...
Dr. Palley
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Dr. Barth
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Bartender
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A quiet, sedate, middle-aged bank cashier suddenly begins to exhibit strange and disturbing behavior. After a thorough examination, a medical team decides that his problem can best be treated by electroshock therapy.

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14 March 1955 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Descent into Madness
3 October 2014 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Middle-age bank cashier Henry Fisher is unhappy with his overly controlled life. But the problems linger in ways he's not aware of. So one day he breaks loose, becoming loud, expansive, and oblivious of others. In short, his unhappiness has brought on mental problems. Actor Cobb is perfect for the florid part, projecting a powerhouse personality. Still, he's also convincingly meek and mild as the early Fisher. No wonder the producers went out and got an accomplished actor for the part.

The story itself is somewhat unsettling, having to watch Fisher go through the personality changes. Electro-shock is the main part of his treatment. Now, I'm no medical person, but I believe the method is used much more sparingly than in 1954. Overall, it's a pretty routine episode, but also a chance to catch one of Hollywood's storied performers in action.


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