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Bad for Each Other (1953)

Approved | | Drama | 24 December 1953 (USA)
A doctor returning from the Korean War to his hometown in Pennsylvania must choose what next to do with his life

Director:

Irving Rapper

Writers:

Irving Wallace (screenplay), Horace McCoy (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charlton Heston ... Dr. Tom Owen
Lizabeth Scott ... Helen Curtis
Dianne Foster ... Joan Lasher
Mildred Dunnock ... Mrs. Mary Owen
Arthur Franz ... Dr. Jim Crowley
Ray Collins ... Dan Reasonover
Marjorie Rambeau ... Mrs. Roger Nelson
Lester Matthews ... Dr. Homer Gleeson
Rhys Williams ... Dr. Leslie M. Scobee
Lydia Clarke ... Rita Thornburg
Chris Alcaide ... Pete Olzoneski
Robert Keys Robert Keys ... Joe Marzano
Frank Sully ... Tippy Kashko, Townsman
Ann Robinson ... Lucille Grellett
Dorothy Green ... Ada Nicoletti
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Storyline

There is no way to write a "spoiler"---is there actually somebody somewhere who, ten minutes into this 1950's film, wouldn't know where it is going and will end up---since it is a strictly written-by-the-numbers corruption and redemption meller that finds: number 1, a doctor returns from the Korean War to his Pennsylvania mining hometown, (and 2) must choose between dedicating himself to treating the suffering poor (or 3) build himself a swank office and get rich by flattering wealthy women with imaginary ailments. Throw in elements no. 5,Lizabeth Scott as a rich, spoiled, twice-divorced woman with a lip stiffer than his, and number 6, Dianne Foster as a nurse bent on helping all mankind, and there are no surprises left, especially if one take note of the name of Irving Wallace among the writers, the title and Scott billed above Foster. The only surprise here is that this film wasn't from Universal-International and directed by Douglas Sirk. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Drama

Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 December 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Scalpel See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to December 1950 articles in The Hollywood Reporter and the Los Angeles Times, producer Hal B. Wallis purchased the rights to the novel before it was published for $100,000 ($1.05M in 2018). Wallis intended the leads to be Burt Lancaster and Patricia Neal and that the project was to be filmed at Paramount. It never got off the ground and Wallis ended up selling the rights to Columbia in early 1953. See more »

Goofs

When Tom goes to see Dr. Scobee in his office, Scobee is looking at a chest x-ray. The x-ray has been placed on the view-box backwards. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Tom Owen: [on the phone with his wife] Oh, I'm interviewing nurses, of course. Don't be silly, darling, of course she'll be fat and ugly. I do insist on good legs though.
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Beautiful Dreamer
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Written by Stephen Foster
Whistled by Charlton Heston
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Bad for Each Other (1953)
3 January 2012 | by MartinTellerSee all my reviews

A once-idealistic doctor from a small mining town sells his integrity for a big city practice treating wealthy dowagers. If you said to yourself "That sounds like an incredibly dull premise for a noir," give yourself a gold star. Nothing to see here but a bunch of heavy-handed speechifying and simplistic class distinctions. I've never cared for Charlton Heston (with the possible exception of TOUCH OF EVIL) and here he does a lot of jutting out his chin and looking handsome and delivering his lines with zero conviction. Lizabeth Scott is an actress I run hot and cold on... in this case, quite cold. She's entirely uninteresting as a "bad girl" whose primary vice is a mild materialist streak. I was also rather annoyed by Mildred Dunnock, playing Heston's hand-wringing mother. The script is just awful and photographically, the film is a dud, with a few instances of noticeably poor shot continuity (not a deal-breaker, but a pet peeve of mine). There's no tension, no real conflict, no doubt about how everything's going to turn out okay in the end. Bad for you, bad for me, bad for everyone.


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