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The Young Doctors (1961)

Not Rated | | Drama | 1 December 1961 (Sweden)
Medical drama set at one of New York City's hospitals during the early 1960s.

Director:

Phil Karlson

Writers:

Arthur Hailey (novel), Joseph Hayes
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fredric March ... Dr. Joseph Pearson
Ben Gazzara ... Dr. David Coleman
Dick Clark ... Dr. Alexander
Ina Balin ... Cathy Hunt
Eddie Albert ... Dr, Charles Dornberger
Phyllis Love Phyllis Love ... Mrs. Elizabeth Alexander
Edward Andrews ... Jim Bannister
Aline MacMahon ... Dr. Lucy Grainger (as Aline Mac Mahon)
Arthur Hill ... Tomaselli
Rosemary Murphy ... Miss Graves
Barnard Hughes ... Dr. Kent O'Donnell
Joseph Bova Joseph Bova ... Dr. Shawcross
George Segal ... Dr. Howard
Matt Crowley Matt Crowley ... Dr. Rufus
Dolph Sweet ... Police Car Driver
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Storyline

Two pathologists -- a veteran department head (Fredric March) whose perspective has been shaped by years of red tape and day-to-day frustrations, and his new assistant (Ben Gazarra), a young, somewhat aggressive man who is more up-to-date but who lacks his colleague's personal touch -- clash in a small hospital's lab. The gulf between their approaches is dramatically illustrated by two critical cases that both are intimately involved in. Written by alfiehitchie

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Desires and Fears Screaming to Explode! See more »

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Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 1961 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

The Final Diagnosis See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Although shot in academy 1.37:1 aspect ratio (for later television airing) the theatrical -- or *intended* (by the studio, producer, director and/or cinematographer) -- aspect ratio of this film is 1.85:1 widescreen. Most modern 16x9 (1.77:1) televisions have a "zoom to width" picture option, essentially allowing the viewer to see the film as the director and cinematographer originally planned. It is easy to spot films shot this way since all the titles and credits will still fit when properly cropped (they stay in the "middle" of the frame vertically), and there is an unusual amount of "headroom" above the actors in medium and close-up shots when viewed uncropped. Quite often "mistakes" -- like seeing equipment in the top or bottom of the uncropped frame -- would never have been seen by a theater audience. See more »

Goofs

The taxi first shown hurrying Dick Clark and his pregnant wife to the hospital is a 1959 model Ford. The taxi they arrive in a 1960 Ford, a distinctly different looking model. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Joseph Pearson: You often hear people ask what does a pathologist do? Never hear anyone ask what surgeons do. Perhaps we all know what surgeons do. Well, a pathologist is the one who examines the surgeon's mistakes when it's too late. He's the doctor the patient seldom sees, doesn't want to. Yet, few departments in the hospital have more effect in the patient's welfare. It is pathology which advises the patient's physician on disease. Sometimes when all else fails, it is the pathologist who makes the final ...
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Poignant moments that still resonate.
30 October 2008 | by graduatedanSee all my reviews

Watching The Young Doctors again after many years, I was struck by the film's no nonsense approach to the vagaries of medicine. While circumstances-and science have changed in the intervening 47 years since the movies' initial release, the drama of life and death in a hospital, as trite as that sounds, plays out with earnestness and poignancy. Ben Gazarra plays pathologist David Coleman, assigned to a lab headed by the incumbent Doctor Pearson.(Fredric March.) Pearson, (played to perfection by March), resents the younger man's attempts to modernize the antiquated path lab. The push-pull dynamic between the two men is believable,even if it does, at times, creep toward cheesiness. Coleman's budding relationship with nurse Cathy Hunt (Ina Balin), has to hit the right note, as their interaction figures prominently in the climax of the story. Both actors are up to the task, especially Gazarra, who makes his character live and breathe-and be real. The poignant scene of an exhausted Eddie Albert as a doctor trying to give a dying infant a chance at life resonates-even today. I found the film compelling and genuinely moving, just as I did when I saw it for the first time.


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