In 1932, in Boston, the tough Harvard graduated Dr. Meg Laurel lashes out at the corrupt and powerful Judge Adamson. Her husband Dr. Thom Laurel is worried about the damage that the judge ...
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In 1932, in Boston, the tough Harvard graduated Dr. Meg Laurel lashes out at the corrupt and powerful Judge Adamson. Her husband Dr. Thom Laurel is worried about the damage that the judge may cause in his career and Meg decides to leave him in Boston and return to the orphanage where she was raised to visit her friend Effie Webb. She learns that the orphanage is closed and Effie has returned to her hometown Eagle's Nest in the mountains. When Dr. Laurel arrives at Effie's home, she finds that her friend is on her deathbed under the care of the healer Granny Arrowroot. Dr. Laurel is unsuccessful in her attempt to save Effie that asks her to stay to help her people with her medical knowledge. Soon Dr. Laurel finds an illiterate and backward people that appraises traditions and belief more than the modern medical techniques. Further, she goes against Granny and is not accepted by the community. But both Meg and Granny discover that they have much to learn with each other.Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Music by Robin Randall & Lyrics by Judithe Randall
Performed by Alix Wangburt See more »
One of Wagner's best
I initially watched this telefilm as a fan of Lindsay Wagner. She's faded somewhat in the public's consciousness lately, but in the late 70s and early 80s she was a big star, especially on the strength of her series The Bionic Woman. She was appealing to all as both a strong, self-sufficient woman and a haunting beauty. Meg Laurel was a perfect role for her, kind of an early Dr. Quinn. The central relationship to the film (and what makes it so special) is that between Dr. Meg Laurel, the modern, fully-trained doctor, and Granny Arrowroot (Jane Wyman), the local folk healer, who was initially resistant to the doctor's science. Excellent performances from both ensured that the film was believable and entertaining. I wish it would show up again on television.
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