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The New Interns is a 1964 American drama film directed by John Rich, and the sequel to the 1962 film The Interns, itself based on the novel of the same name by Richard Frede. It stars Michael Callan and Dean Jones. For his performance, George Segal won the Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actor. The movie and its predecessor later spawned a short-lived TV show, The Interns, that aired on CBS from 1970 to 1971.[2]

The New Interns
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Directed byJohn Rich
StarringMichael Callan
Music byEarle Hagen
CinematographyLucien Ballard
Edited byGene Milford
Eda Warren
Robert Cohn Productions (as The New Interns Company)
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
June 1, 1964
Running time
123 mins.
CountryUnited States
Box officeest. $2,670,000 (US/ Canada)[1]



After a nervous breakdown, Dr. Alec Considine comes back to New North Hospital for another year of internship. He develops an immediate attraction for a student nurse, Laura Rogers, but she's not so inclined unless he's got marriage in mind.

Social worker Nancy Terman is sexually assaulted by juvenile delinquents who grew up in the same neighborhood as Dr. Dom Riccio of the hospital's staff. New intern Dr. Tony Pirelli quarrels with Riccio and falls in love with Nancy as well.

As other personal dramas occur, including newlywed Dr. Lew Worship discovering he is sterile and cannot have children, Nancy's attackers end up in a fracas at the hospital and Alec ends up injured. After his recovery, Alec decides to marry Laura and remain on New North's staff.



The Interns was a commercial success and Columbia announced a follow up. It was thought James MacArthur, Michael Callan, Stefanie Powers, Telly Savalas and Kay Stevens would return, Cliff Robertson and Suzy Parker would not, and Nick Adams may make a guest appearance. [3] An original story was written by Wilton Schiller, producer of Ben Casey.[4]

Kay Stevens signed a three picture deal with producer Robert Cohn the first of which was to be The Interns.[5]

George Segal came out to Hollywood from New York to star in a TV series. When that was cancelled after four episodes, he was signed to make the film.[6] Columbia put him under long term contract.[7]

James MacArthur's old role ended up being played by Dean Jones who had just made Under the Yum Yum Tree for Columbia.[8] A key female role was given to Inger Stevens who was then appearing in the TV series The Farmer's Daughter.[9]

Michael Callan and Stefanie Powers, under contract to Columbia, reprised their role from the original.[10] Callan signed a six picture deal with Columbia.[11]


  1. ^ "Big Rental Pictures of 1964", Variety, 6 January 1965 p 39.
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  3. ^ McLaglen to Film 'Small Remnant': Marvin Cast, Wayne Sought; Keel in 'Crossing' Picture Scott, John L. Los Angeles Times 13 June 1963: C9.
  4. ^ Don't Call Doctor Los Angeles Times (1923-1995); Los Angeles, Calif. [Los Angeles, Calif]30 Apr 1964: C9.
  5. ^ FILMLAND EVENTS: Marni Nixon Will Do Album for Columbia Los Angeles Times (1923-1995); Los Angeles, Calif. [Los Angeles, Calif]13 July 1963: B6.
  6. ^ Stage Actor Segal Stars in New Film Los Angeles Times27 Aug 1964: A10.
  7. ^ A NEW STAR WAITS HIS TIME TO SHINE: 'Punk' From New York Bars Name and Nose Changes By PETER BARTSpecial to The New York Times. New York Times 7 Aug 1964: 15.
  8. ^ Another Jones Boy, Name of Dean, Makes the Big Time Alpert, Don. Los Angeles Times 8 Sep 1963: d8.
  9. ^ Entertainment: Wilder Sets O'Toole as Sherlock Holmes Josh Logan Directing Broadway Musical Version of Holmes' Tale Hopper, Hedda. Los Angeles Times (1923-1995); Los Angeles, Calif. [Los Angeles, Calif]17 Oct 1963: C10.
  10. ^ Is a Sprite Named Stephanie Success Hopper, Hedda. Chicago Tribune 12 Jan 1964: j20.
  11. ^ Callan Wins Pact Los Angeles Times 17 June 1964: C12.

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