Captain Newman, M.D.
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Dr. Josiah Newman (Gregory Peck) runs the psychiatric unit of a U.S. Military Hospital during WWII. Short of help, Newman coerces newly arrived neurotic orderly Jackson Leibowitz (Tony Curtis) to work in his ward. Leibowitz's scheming & humor quickly turns life inside the ward upside down. Newman, while amused, tries to maintain a semblance of order. Newman's other recruit to the ward is nurse Lt. Francie Corum (Angie Dickinson). Corum is at first shocked by what she sees in the ward, but admires the compassionate & effective way in which Newman deals with each of his patients. Together Newman & Corum help a variety of patients with war related psychological traumas, while they themselves struggle with the dilema of healing these soldiers so they can be sent back into battle to face possible death.
At the time of the writing of this review, you can only get this on VHS (if you're lucky), and catch it on AMC. I really wish this was on DVD. I'd buy it in a HEARTBEAT.
As I remember, from Leo Rosten's novel, Labowitz is originally from Chicago, however Curtis draws on his own background and makes Labowitz a skeptical, cynical, brash, New Yorker, whose language is liberally peppered with Yiddishisms and other colorful expressions. Initially put off by the mental patients in his charge he comes to see them as his patients for whom he will go to great lengths. He scrounges up better food for them, he steals the top of the CO's Christmas tree to make his ward merrier, he steals a colleague's weekly salami package to give to the men, he uses the money Newman gives him to buy a Christmas tree on presents for his patients, and otherwise makes the ward a colorful, warm place for Newman's psychiatic cases to convalesce. Labowitz believes in Newman so much that he hustles patients for him from other non-psychiatric wards.
Although Curtis is the best thing about the film, Peck seems right as the reflective, patient Newman who battles the army in order to do the best for his charges. Robert Duvall, Bobby Darin, and Eddie Albert are the patients whose stories are fully developed in the movie and all three are really good in their parts.Read more ›
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I have always loved this movie and was happy to find it. It arrived quickly and as advertised.Published 2 months ago by Mary Elenberger
Not one of Gregory Peck's best movies but worth watching. Idea smart alec picture for Tony Curtis. Doesn't hold a candle to "One flew Over the Cookoo's Nest"Published 3 months ago by benredbone
I think I may have bought this movie just to hear Gregory Peck's voice...what a voice! The story is created out of many seemingly comical episodes yet it embodies some very sad... Read morePublished 6 months ago by LCBrowning
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