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Dr. Cook's Garden (1971)

A young doctor returns to his New England home town after a long absence. He visits with the town's kindly old physician, Dr. Cook, a man he has admired since childhood. However, he soon ... See full summary »

Director:

Ted Post

Writers:

Ira Levin (play), Art Wallace (teleplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Bing Crosby ... Dr. Leonard Cook
Frank Converse ... Jimmy Tennyson
Blythe Danner ... Janey Rausch
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Thomas Barbour Thomas Barbour ... The Reverend
Fred Burrell Fred Burrell ... Harry Bullitt
Staats Cotsworth Staats Cotsworth ... Ted Rausch
Barnard Hughes ... Elias Hart
Bethel Leslie ... Essie Bullitt
Abby Lewis Abby Lewis ... Dora Ludlow
Carol Morley Carol Morley ... Mary Booth
Jordan Reed Jordan Reed ... Billy
Helen Stenborg ... Ruth Hart
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A young doctor returns to his New England home town after a long absence. He visits with the town's kindly old physician, Dr. Cook, a man he has admired since childhood. However, he soon finds out that the old doctor isn't quite what he seems to be, and the young doctor finds his life in danger. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Quotes

Jimmy Tennyson: I remember many things Doc! This town, how peaceful and quiet it is! And you, your garden, this house! Hanging around here almost everyday after school! Dreaming of growing up to be like you! I guess its all a part of my life!
Dr. Leonard Cook: You don't know how proud I am to hear you say that!
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Marcus Welby from Hell
8 December 2006 | by TarasicodissaSee all my reviews

A very popular series of the time was 'Marcus Welby' where the all wise, all knowing doctor educated his patients out of their pride, prejudice, and folly in resisting his counsel. The doctor is wise. The doctor is all knowing. The doctor is only here to help.

1971, and indeed, the era of the Warren Court represented a high water mark of the notion that we can have a perfect society if we just turn loose experts and therapists guided by the social sciences on our problems. The intelligentsia then were absolutely certain of the ability of the social sciences to rehabilitate all criminals, to end poverty, to end racial inequality, to make a perfect land. All we had to do was use the tools of the social sciences to fix the 'root causes'.

This film was a marvelous criticism of that zeitgeist. Dr Cook is the ultimate therapist. He is only there to help.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

En läkares trädgård See more »

Filming Locations:

Vermont, USA See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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