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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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Comedy | Drama | War

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Author Leo Rosten based the character of Captain Josiah Newman on his friend, Captain Ralph Greenson, a U.S. Army psychiatrist who worked with traumatized airmen during World War II, and was one of the first to identify the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder following combat. See more »

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Because the US Armed Services were segregated in 1944, it seems highly unlikely that black soldiers would be in the same hospital wards as whites. Also, it would seem unlikely that black officers would be seated with white officers at the Christmas program at the end of the film. See more »

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Col. Norval Algate Bliss: Is Mr. Future *insane*?
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Connections

References The Lost Weekend (1945) See more »

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Jingle Bells
Written by James Pierpont (uncredited)
Performed by Tony Curtis and the people from the Hospital
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Superb movie
29 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

I finally saw this movie for the first time and loved it. I laughed, smiles, cried and laughed again. Each actor in the move gave a superb performance. This is definitely a must see work of all the fine actors of that era. It was tough not to fall in love all over again with Gregory Peck and Angie Dickerson who were strong characters, coupled with excellent performances from Tony Curtis and Eddie Albert. The supporting cast were tremendous and each were superb in their own right. This is a movie I can watch time and time again. There are so many movies set during war time but this is one that leaves you wanting for more. I would highly recommend this be a movie to watch.


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