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The Doctor's Dilemma (1958)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | January 1959 (USA)
Mrs. Dubedat loves and idolizes her artist husband, Louis, but he is dying of tuberculosis. She goes to a doctor and convinces him to save her husband. The doctor can keep only so many ... See full summary »

Director:

Anthony Asquith

Writers:

George Bernard Shaw (play) (as Bernard Shaw), Anatole de Grunwald (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Leslie Caron ... Mrs. Dubedat
Dirk Bogarde ... Louis Dubedat
Alastair Sim ... Cutler Walpole
Robert Morley ... Sir Ralph Bloomfield-Bonington
John Robinson John Robinson ... Sir Colenso Ridgeon
Felix Aylmer ... Sir Patrick Cullen
Michael Gwynn ... Dr. Blenkinsop
Maureen Delaney Maureen Delaney ... Emmy
Alec McCowen ... Redpenny
Colin Gordon ... Newspaper Man
Gwenda Ewen Gwenda Ewen ... Minnie
Terence Alexander ... Mr. Lanchester
Derek Prentice Derek Prentice ... Head Waiter
Peter Sallis ... Secretary at Picture Gallery
Clifford Buckton Clifford Buckton ... Butcher
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Storyline

Mrs. Dubedat loves and idolizes her artist husband, Louis, but he is dying of tuberculosis. She goes to a doctor and convinces him to save her husband. The doctor can keep only so many patients, and must choose who is worth saving, but is convinced that Louis' artistic talents make him worthy. But when he and several colleague meet Louis, they discover that he is in fact a smooth-talking money-grabbing scoundrel. They also learn that he has another wife, whom he has abandoned. So, the doctor has a problem: should he let Louis die, leaving Mrs. Dubedat with her idealized image, or save him and his artistic talents, but force her to face his bigamy and other flaws? Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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"What a darling widow she would make!" - Shocking Decision of the Society Doctor!

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Arzt am Scheideweg See more »

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Budget:

$576,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

This film was a flop at the box office, resulting in a loss for MGM of $299,000 ($2.57M in 2017) according to studio records. See more »

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Why is there no DVD?
17 January 2008 | by gjampolSee all my reviews

I love this film. Alistair Sim and Robert Morley are marvelous as they advocate the various and absurd treatments they'd used on their patient.

But I'm appalled that this film isn't available for home viewing, especially when you consider how many crummy films have been released on tape or DVD.

Could it be that Shaw's estate has refused to release the distribution rights for home viewing? If so, then someone out there -- perhaps the Criterion Collection -- can convince the copyright holder to relent.

"Dilemma" may not be the best adaptation of a Shaw play (I think top honors go to "Pygmalion"), but it catches the play's flavor. The dialog is sharp and witty, and Dirk Bogarde gives another fine performance as the ailing man.

This would be a fine addition to any collection.


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