In 1944, Capt. Josiah J. Newman is the doctor in charge of Ward 7, the neuropsychiatric ward, at an Army Air Corps hospital in Arizona. The hospital is under-resourced and Newman scrounges what he needs with the help of his inventive staff, especially Cpl. Jake Leibowitz. The military in general is only just coming to accept psychiatric disorders as legitimate and Newman generally has 6 weeks to cure them or send them on to another facility. There are many patients in the ward and his latest include Colonel Norville Bliss who has dissociated from his past; Capt. Paul Winston who is nearly catatonic after spending 13 months hiding in a cellar behind enemy lines; and 20 year-old Cpl. Jim Tompkins who is severely traumatized after his aircraft was shot down. Others come and go, including Italian prisoners of war, but Newman and team all realize that their success means the men will return to their units and combat.Written by
Several members of the cast and crew were actual military veterans, most of whom served during World War II. Actors Tony Curtis and Larry Storch and screenwriter Richard L. Breen served in the Navy during the War, while actor Steven Marlo and producer Robert Arthur were in the U.S. Army Air Corps; Arthur produced over 600 training films for the Army's Air Transport Command. Star Eddie Albert was a legitimate war hero. Prior to WWII, he went on tour in Mexico as a clown and high-wire artist with the Escalante Brothers Circus, but was secretly working for U.S. Army intelligence, photographing German U-boats in Mexican harbors. During the War, Albert served in the Coast Guard but was then discharged to accept an appointment as a lieutenant in the Navy. He was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat "V" for his actions during the invasion of Tarawa in November 1943, when, as the pilot of a Coast Guard landing craft, he rescued 47 Marines who were stranded offshore (and supervised the rescue of 30 others), while under heavy enemy machine-gun fire. Star Gregory Peck attended St. John's Military Academy in Los Angeles but a debilitating spinal injury made him ineligible for military service. Actor James Gregory served in both the Navy and the Marine Corps; actor Seamon Glass was also in the Marines during WWII and later served as a U.S. Merchant Marine. Actors John Hart, Clyde McLeod, Byron Morrow and Gregory Walcott were in the Army during WWII; Walcott also served in Korea. Some cast members were Korean War veterans; actors Robert Duvall and Paul Sorensen served in the Army, while Mike Farrell and Paul Carr were in the Marine Corps. The film's two technical advisors were Major B.A. Whitaker and Captain Sherwyn Woods, both serving in the Air Force. See more »
When Ward 7 is searching for Gavoni's salami, Leibowitz makes a reference to the Ray Milland film The Lost Weekend. Captain Newman, M.D. was set in 1944 and The Lost Weekend was not released until November 1945, months after the end of WWII. See more »
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Just watched Captain Newman MD, what a wonderful film.Although a keen movie watcher just nearing my 70th year I've never seen this film at the cinema or on TV before.I was wondering,whilst watching,why I had not seen or heard of this film before and came to the conclusion(wrongly)that maybe because of the subject matter,ie battle fatigue ,which in certain quarters was not recognised,the film was not generally released.I found it sympathetic,tearful,thought provoking and funny with all the characters adding to a great film.I wish I had recorded this so I could watch it again,but did not,so I will have to see where I can buy it.
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