In 1944, an Army doctor is in charge of a neuropsychiatric ward at an Army Air Corps hospital in Arizona, and he must deal with a variety of tough cases.


David Miller


Richard L. Breen (screenplay), Phoebe Ephron (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 7 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Gregory Peck ... Capt. Josiah J. Newman, MD
Tony Curtis ... Cpl. Jackson 'Jake' Leibowitz
Angie Dickinson ... Lt. Francie Corum
Eddie Albert ... Col. Norval Algate Bliss
James Gregory ... Col. Edgar Pyser
Bethel Leslie ... Mrs. Helene Winston
Robert Duvall ... Capt. Paul Cabot Winston
Jane Withers ... Lt. Grace Blodgett
Dick Sargent ... Lt. Belden 'Barney' Alderson
Larry Storch ... Cpl. Gavoni
Robert F. Simon ... Lt. Col. M.B. Larrabee
Syl Lamont Syl Lamont ... Sgt. Kopp
Paul Carr ... Arthur Werbel
Vito Scotti ... Maj. Alfredo Fortuno
Crahan Denton ... Maj. Gen. Snowden


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 garykmcd

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The picture that swings from hilarity to heart-break and back again...with Academy Award winner Gregory Peck heading the most amazing and remarkable galaxy of characters ever assembled...bringing to glowing life the vivid best-selling novel. See more »


Comedy | Drama | War


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Did You Know?


In this film, Gregory Peck plays a psychiatrist with the U.S. Army Air Force in World War II, who helps airmen who have had mental breakdowns. In Twelve O'Clock High (1949), Peck himself played a U.S. Army Air Force general in World War II, who suffered a mental breakdown. See more »


The telephone cord on Capt. Newman's phone is a spiral cord not invented until after WW II. See more »


Col. Norval Algate Bliss: I'm bored, doctor. I am bored with being beleaguered by brainless, benighted blockheads. And I'm bored with B's. I think I shall concentrate on P's for the rest of the afternoon.
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References Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) See more »


Jingle Bells
Written by James Pierpont (uncredited)
Performed by Tony Curtis and the people from the Hospital
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an excellent depiction of psychiatry
25 May 2005 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I previously gave a terrible review to Peck's movie Spellbound. This movie just goes to show that he CAN make a good movie about psychiatry (unlike Spellbound--yuck).

Peck is an officer running a psychiatric ward stateside during WWII. He has a good heart and good intentions and tries a lot of different techniques to help these men. What I like is that although he is generally successful, it is very clear Captain Newman feels, at times, over his head dealing with these many patients. He is not a SUPERMAN but a decent guy who's trying his best.

Tony Curtis is the comic relief. So, while the movie is VERY serious at times, it also can be rather comical. This is a tough balance but it is done well and I liked Curtis in this film.

However, apart from Gregory Peck, the real standout in the movie is Bobby Darin. Although he only is a supporting player, his is the meatiest performance. He wonderfully plays a man suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (though he outwardly hides it with bravado and obnoxiousness)--this is particularly true when he is under the influence of Sodium Pentathol (or some other "truth serum"). I would say it is worth seeing the film just for this sequence--it's just so nice that there are many other good moments to recommend this flick.

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English | Italian

Release Date:

25 December 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Captain Newman, M.D. See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Eastman Color by Pathé)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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