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Not as a Stranger (1955)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance | July 1955 (USA)
An ego-driven, aspiring physician, intolerant of the weaknesses of others, especially those closest to him, comes to grips with his own imperfections.

Director:

Stanley Kramer

Writers:

Edna Anhalt (written for the screen by), Edward Anhalt (written for the screen by) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Olivia de Havilland ... Kristina Hedvigson
Robert Mitchum ... Lucas Marsh
Frank Sinatra ... Alfred Boone
Gloria Grahame ... Harriet Lang
Broderick Crawford ... Dr. Aarons
Charles Bickford ... Dr. Dave Runkleman
Myron McCormick Myron McCormick ... Dr. Clem Snider
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Job Marsh (as Lon Chaney)
Jesse White ... Ben Cosgrove
Harry Morgan ... Oley
Lee Marvin ... Brundage
Virginia Christine ... Bruni
Whit Bissell ... Dr. Dietrich
Jack Raine ... Dr. Lettering
Mae Clarke ... Nurse Odell
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Storyline

Lucas Marsh, an intern bent upon becoming a first-class doctor, not merely a successful one. He courts and marries the warm-hearted Kristina, not out of love but because she is highly knowledgeable in the skills of the operating room and because she has frugally put aside her savings through the years. She will be, as he shrewdly knows, a supportive wife in every way. She helps make him the success he wants to be and cheerfully moves with him to the small town in which he starts his practice. But as much as he tries to be a good husband to the undemanding Kristina, Marsh easily falls into the arms of a local siren and the patience of the long-sorrowing Kristina wears thin. She reasons he no longer needs her and asks for a divorce. A calamity now brings Marsh to his senses. Dr. Runkleman, Marsh's gruff and wise employer, is stricken with a heart attack and requires emergency surgery. Marsh is forced to operate. Written by alfiehitchie

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Taglines:

Stands alone ! first as a book ... now as a motion picture !


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Morton Thompson's Not as a Stranger See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

There was a such a boisterous atmosphere on this shoot, that Robert Mitchum described it as " not so much a cast as a brewery !". See more »

Goofs

As a nurse, Kristina might have known that she should avoid being exposed to a typhoid patient while pregnant. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Snider: God help him, he made a mistake.
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Connections

References Wicked Woman (1953) See more »

Soundtracks

Not as a Stranger
by Jimmy Van Heusen & Buddy Kaye
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Enjoyed this 1955 Film
6 May 2007 | by whpratt1See all my reviews

Enjoyed this great story and all the actors who gave outstanding performances, especially Olivia De Havilland, (Kristina Hedvigson) who played the wife to Robert Mitchum,(Lucas Marsh). Kristina came from a wealthy family and fell in love with Lucas Marsh who was going to medical school and gave him financial support in his striving to become a successful surgeon. There are great scenes in the operating room and it was done so professionally that it kept you on pins and needles throughout the entire picture. Gloria Graham, (Harriet Lang) plays the role of a very sexy rich woman who teases and pleases Lucas Marsh and makes him feel very guilty for cheating on his wife. Frank Sinatra, (Alfred Boone) gives a great supporting role as a real close friend to Lucas and they both went through medical school together and each went their separate ways as doctors. There is plenty of drama and if you have not seen this Great Classic 1955 film, you will definitely want to view many great veteran actors at the top of their careers.


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