The Young Doctors (film)
The Young Doctors is a 1961 drama film directed by Phil Karlson and starring Ben Gazzara, Fredric March, Dick Clark, Ina Balin, Eddie Albert, Phyllis Love, Aline MacMahon, George Segal, and Dolph Sweet.
|The Young Doctors|
|Directed by||Phil Karlson|
|Produced by||Stuart Millar|
|Written by||Joseph Hayes|
|Based on||novel "The Final Diagnosis" by Arthur Hailey|
|Music by||Elmer Bernstein|
|Cinematography||Arthur J. Ornitz|
|Edited by||Robert Swink|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
|August 23, 1961|
|Budget||just over $1 million|
David Coleman (Ben Gazzara) is a young doctor hired by a hospital's pathology department. The head of the department, Dr. Joseph Pearson (Fredric March), sees Coleman as a rival, and they fight over many medical issues. Coleman falls in love with Cathy Hunt (Ina Balin), a nurse at the hospital, who develops a tumor in her knee. Pearson believes that the tumor is malignant and that the leg should be amputated, but Coleman disagrees. Coleman orders three blood tests on Mrs. Alexander (Phyllis Love), an expectant mother whose baby may have hemolytic disease, but Pearson believes that the tests are excessive and cancels the third test. Mrs. Alexander is married to a young intern at the hospital (Dick Clark), who, along with Coleman, tried to push for the third test. When the baby is born seriously ill, Dr. Charles Dornberger (Eddie Albert), Mrs. Alexander's OB/GYN, berates Pearson and conducts a blood transfusion to save the baby's life. Pearson's future at the hospital becomes uncertain, and he resigns. Coleman has changed his mind about Cathy's tumor and agrees with Pearson's decision, while Pearson says that Coleman reminds him of himself when he was young and urges him not to let hospital bureaucracy to wear him down.
- Fredric March - Dr. Joseph Pearson
- Ben Gazzara - Dr. David Coleman
- Dick Clark - Dr. Alexander
- Ina Balin - Cathy Hunt
- Eddie Albert - Dr. Charles Dornberger
- Phyllis Love - Mrs. Elizabeth Alexander
- Edward Andrews - Jim Bannister
- Aline MacMahon - Dr. Lucy Grainger
- Arthur Hill - Tomaselli
- Rosemary Murphy - Miss Graves
- Barnard Hughes - Dr. O'Donnell
- George Segal - Dr. Howard
- Dolph Sweet - Police Car Driver
No Deadly Medicine and The Final DiagnosisEdit
Doubleday commissioned Hailey to adapt the script into a novel, The Final Diagnosis, published in 1959. "The quality remains high" wrote the New York Times.
Film rights were bought by Dick Clark, then best known for Bandstand who took the project to the producing team of Laurence Turman and Steve Tillman (it was their first film together). Finance was obtained from United Artists.
Filming started in January 9, 1961. Filming took two months, with studio work at the Production Centre, location work at Poughkeepsie and exteriors shot at Vassar Brothers Hospital. Many of the cast were taken from the New York stage.
The movie was made with the co operation and approval of the American Medical Association.
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