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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 »


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Ira Levin (play), Art Wallace (teleplay)
1 nomination. See more awards »


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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


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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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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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Elias Hart: Tags? I'm havin' dinner and you want to know about tags!
Jimmy Tennyson: Please Elias! Tell me what they mean! The letters on the tags!
Elias Hart: Well so Doc tells me what to do! Now that I don't come on regular days anymore! "P" for prune, "T" for transplant! Like that!
Jimmy Tennyson: Alright! What does "R" stand for?
Elias Hart: You can ask Doc you know!
Jimmy Tennyson: I'm asking you Elias! Please its important! What does "R" stand for?
Elias Hart: Remove! "R" for remove! Sick plants! Hurt plants! We pull um out! That's why it keeps the garden lookin' so perfect all the ...
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Bing's wonderful in dramas
17 November 2018 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

Bing Crosby, with beautiful silver hair and a new goatee to make him look old, stars as the title character in this entertaining tv flick Dr. Cook's Garden. He's a lovable country doctor connected to everyone in the town; perfect casting, right? I love how Bing makes everything better. If he were my doctor, I'd actually look forward to going!

Frank Converse returns to town after a five year absence while being in medical school, and he completely ruins the movie. It's not really his fault as an actor; his character is written to be a suspicious, mean, disloyal creep. He's supposed to be completely devoted to Bing, who treated like a father, but as soon as he gets back in town, he starts getting suspicious as to Bing's medical methods. Who does he think he is?

Frank aside, this is an enjoyable movie that will make you talk with your friends afterwards about morality, loyalty, and justice. Bing is excellent, with a multi-faceted performance combined with the charm he's had for decades. It's rare to catch him in a drama, so check this one out if you like him.

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