Medic: Season 1, Episode 18

Mercy Wears an Apron (21 Feb. 1955)

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An aging actor has been a paraplegic for five years. Confined to bed, he turns to the bottle, maundering over his situation. That is, until a public health nurse arrives. Now he feels sensations in his legs. Is it just wishful thinking.

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Ann Morrison ...
Shirley Burns
Onslow Stevens ...
Bert Cromwell
John Alderson ...
Stan Janochek
Carleton Young ...
Dr. Stack
William Marks ...
Dr. Jones (as Bill Marks)
Thom Carney ...
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Marvin Bryan ...
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An aging actor has been a paraplegic for five years. Confined to bed, he turns to the bottle, maundering over his situation. That is, until a public health nurse arrives. Now he feels sensations in his legs. Is it just wishful thinking.

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Even Matinée Idols Are Mortal
26 September 2014 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Typical episode except the patient is an aging movie actor, bearing something of a resemblance to swashbuckler Errol Flynn. Real life actor Stevens does well in the paraplegic role, as do best friend Alderson and nurse Morrison. In fact, the series as a whole depends on quality performances since typical focus is on the human element. Good touch having Stan (Alderson) burst into the room in studio Indian make-up. The scene on the staircase is particularly well executed, and had me thinking 3-d for a moment. Episode goes through the various stages of rehabilitation, from bed-ridden to therapy to crutches. Thus, there's hope even for an ex-matinée idol. Nothing special here, just a good solid story.


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