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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 »

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Complete credited cast:
... Mrs. Dubedat
... Louis Dubedat
... Cutler Walpole
... Sir Ralph Bloomfield-Bonington
John Robinson ... Sir Colenso Ridgeon
... Sir Patrick Cullen
... Dr. Blenkinsop
Maureen Delaney ... Emmy
... Redpenny
... Newspaper Man
Gwenda Ewen ... Minnie
Terence Alexander ... Mr. Lanchester
Derek Prentice ... Head Waiter
... Secretary at Picture Gallery
Clifford Buckton ... Butcher
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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!

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Comedy | Drama

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January 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Arzt am Scheideweg  »

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$576,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Metrocolor)

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1.66 : 1
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The play of the same title upon which this film is based opened on Broadway at the Wallack's Theatre, Broadway at 30th St., on May 26, 1915. The play had revivals in 1927 and 1941. See more »

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Why is there no DVD?
17 January 2008 | by See 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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