After killing an unknown man for an unknown reason, a mysterious drifter turns himself to the law, under a false name intending to protect his own family's honor. But when the news of his ... See full summary »
William K. Howard
Johnny Mack Brown
As the fiercely dedicated general practitioner who tries to help the sick, the poor and the unfortunate in his decrepit neighborhood, Paul Muni is the testy old man who faces life without compromise and David Wayne is the troubled television producer fighting to preserve his career.Written by
Television producer (David Wayne) wants to do a special on a testy old doctor (Paul Muni) who lives and works in a slum neighborhood. He finds the task harder than imagined, as the doctor wants nothing to do with fame or recognition and certainly nothing to do with a television show. Eventually he succeeds in getting the doctor to agree to do the show but more and more obstacles keep popping up to prevent it.
Paul Muni's last film is an unassuming little drama about idealism and nobility. Sentimental at times, sure, but never dumb or condescending. The cast is strong. Muni is flawless, which should come as little surprise. David Wayne, Luther Adler, and Betsy Palmer are all great. It's the film debut of Billy Dee Williams, who does an excellent job. The fact that he can say he once arm wrestled Paul Muni in a movie should stand up there among his career highs. Look fast for Cicely Tyson in a bit part. It's really a fine movie, a bit slow perhaps but definitely worth your while.
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