During the dark days of the Civil War, a doctor gives President Lincoln a puppy to buoy his spirits.




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During the dark days of the Civil War, a doctor gives President Lincoln a puppy to buoy his spirits.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance




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14 December 1955 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Terrific Performance from Bickford
26 January 2011 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Screen Directors Playhouse: Lincoln's Doctor's Dog (1955)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

The Civil War is in its darkest days and President Abraham Lincoln (Robert Ryan) is severely ill due to the stress. His doctor (Charles Bickford) recommends that the President spend his birthday in bed but he doesn't see how that will be possible because he has so much on his plate. The doctor then gets the idea of giving the President a puppy. This entry in the Screen Directors Playhouse isn't all that bad but at the same time there's nothing too overly special about it. I think the greatest thing the film has going for it are the performances but the screenplay needed to be a tad bit stronger. There's no action here but instead it's mostly just the doctor and the President talking about a wide range of issues. The war is brought up several times and we get other things like Lincoln growing up in Kentucky and wanting catfish for dinner. Since this is a dialogue driven film, it really doesn't help that some of the spoken words are either weak or just not interesting enough to keep the viewer's full attention. I do wish the dialogue had been somewhat better but it simply jumps around too much. Another problem is that it just comes across way too cute. I'm not sure how truthful this story is but there are just way too many times things seem sugar-coated. Robert Ryan is pretty good in the role of the President as he comes across as a sweet-natured man and he was quite believable during the scenes where the President is worried about all the lives that the war is costing. Bickford easily steals the film as the doctor as there are times where I really forgot I was watching a performance because he came across so much like a doctor. I loved the way he handled the dialogue and overall he just came across very good.

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