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Captain Newman, M.D. (1963)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, War | 25 December 1963 (USA)
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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Capt. Josiah J. Newman, MD
... Cpl. Jackson 'Jake' Leibowitz
... Lt. Francie Corum
... Col. Norval Algate Bliss
... Col. Edgar Pyser
... Mrs. Helene Winston
... Capt. Paul Cabot Winston
... Lt. Grace Blodgett
... Lt. Belden 'Barney' Alderson
... Cpl. Gavoni
... Lt. Col. M.B. Larrabee
Syl Lamont ... Sgt. Kopp
... Arthur Werbel
... Maj. Alfredo Fortuno
... Maj. Gen. Snowden
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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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It speaks to you in the language of love, laughter and tears !... See more »

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Comedy | Drama | War

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Features Bobby Darin's only Oscar nominated performance. See more »

Goofs

When Capt. Newman opens the champagne bottle in the Officers' Club, there is a "pop" when the cork is removed. However, when pouring the champagne into Lieut. Corum's and his glass, there are no bubbles then or when they drink from the glasses. The liquid has no "fizz" and is thus not a carbonated drink like champagne. See more »

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Cpl. Jackson 'Jake' Leibowitz: [to Capt. Newman] You see, in the neighborhood I came, we had to learn six different languages in order to do business.
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Featured in Biography: Bobby Darin: I Want to Be a Legend (2001) See more »

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Hava Naguilla
Composed by A. Z. Idelsohn
Performed by the Italians POW
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Maybe we should actually watch the film first.
5 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

Uh, Hello!? Bobby Darin was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his amazing portrayal of shell-shocked airman Jim Tompkins in this great film. (The script and sound were also nominated). And what a cast, Gregory Peck, Angie Dickenson, Tony Curtis, Robert Duvall and Eddie Albert (as the psychotic Col. Bliss), along with a great cast of fine character actors: Larry Storch, Jane Withers, Dick Sergeant and Vitto Scotti. The acting, music, casting and direction are just right. It's one of the first films to deal with we now call Traumatic Stress Disorder in a thoughtful way. Hey, if you don't like this movie…you don't know movies. Great stuff.


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