Medic (1954–1956)
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The Laughter and the Weeping 

Due to circumstances at home, a young man needs to help take care of his mom and ailing father. He can't finish college and resorts to Professional Wrestling to make money. Can he restore his appearance and his dignity?

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(as Ralph Francis Murphy)

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Harold Lord Percival
Charles Delaney ...
Stan Thompson
Hal Gerard ...
Dr. Chalmers
Otis Greene ...
Luther Jackson
Will J. White ...
Chuck Strong (as Will White)
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Due to circumstances at home, a young man needs to help take care of his mom and ailing father. He can't finish college and resorts to Professional Wrestling to make money. Can he restore his appearance and his dignity?

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16 January 1956 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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A Matter of Taste
27 December 2015 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

A different kind of episode, mostly concerning the tawdry world of professional wrestling, which was still a popular at that time (1955). Harold (Ansara) has long wanted to be a teacher of literature, but circumstance has prevented him from finishing college. To take care of his aging parents, he's turned to professional wrestling for money. And that means not only the humiliation of his phony act in the ring, but a certain amount of wrestling disfigurement over time. Now 34 and still unmarried, with his parents passed on, Dr. Styner (Boone) tries to talk Harold into returning to school, but how can he with his misshapen looks and need for money. In short, can he escape his own trap.

Here the human interest aspect over-shadows the medical aspect. The latter is briefly described, but without the usual visuals. Instead, run-time is mainly given over to Harold's ring act where he impersonates a snooty English lord reciting Shakespeare to a cat-calling gallery, with some tussling tossed in. Needless to say, this is a departure from the usual overriding medical theme. The overall result, I suspect, remains a matter of taste for fans of the series.


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