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Captain Newman, M.D. (1963)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, War | 25 December 1963 (USA)
In 1944, an Army doctor is in charge of a neuropsychiatric ward at an Army Air Corps hospital in Arizona, and he must deal with a variety of tough cases.

Director:

David Miller

Writers:

Richard L. Breen (screenplay), Phoebe Ephron (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gregory Peck ... Capt. Josiah J. Newman, MD
Tony Curtis ... Cpl. Jackson 'Jake' Leibowitz
Angie Dickinson ... Lt. Francie Corum
Eddie Albert ... Col. Norval Algate Bliss
James Gregory ... Col. Edgar Pyser
Bethel Leslie ... Mrs. Helene Winston
Robert Duvall ... Capt. Paul Cabot Winston
Jane Withers ... Lt. Grace Blodgett
Dick Sargent ... Lt. Belden 'Barney' Alderson
Larry Storch ... Cpl. Gavoni
Robert F. Simon ... Lt. Col. M.B. Larrabee
Syl Lamont Syl Lamont ... Sgt. Kopp
Paul Carr ... Arthur Werbel
Vito Scotti ... Maj. Alfredo Fortuno
Crahan Denton ... Maj. Gen. Snowden
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In 1944, Capt. Josiah J. Newman is the doctor in charge of Ward 7, the neuropsychiatric ward, at an Army Air Corps hospital in Arizona. The hospital is under-resourced and Newman scrounges what he needs with the help of his inventive staff, especially Cpl. Jake Leibowitz. The military in general is only just coming to accept psychiatric disorders as legitimate and Newman generally has 6 weeks to cure them or send them on to another facility. There are many patients in the ward and his latest include Colonel Norville Bliss who has dissociated from his past; Capt. Paul Winston who is nearly catatonic after spending 13 months hiding in a cellar behind enemy lines; and 20 year-old Cpl. Jim Tompkins who is severely traumatized after his aircraft was shot down. Others come and go, including Italian prisoners of war, but Newman and team all realize that their success means the men will return to their units and combat. Written by garykmcd

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A picture that swings from hilarity to heart-break and back again! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | War

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

25 December 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Captain Newman, M.D. See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastman Color by Pathé)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The plot is similar to MASH (1970), in that it is serious, and a comedy, and about a hospital. Robert Duvall appears in both films, and Mike Farrell, who plays a mental patient in Ward 7, starred in the TV show, M*A*S*H (1972). See more »

Goofs

Aircraft are seen that bear the national insignia that was used after 1948. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Josiah J. Newman, MD: You mustn't confuse sadness with depression, "professor."
Cpl. Jackson 'Jake' Leibowitz: Is there any difference? Can a man look sad and still be happy?
Capt. Josiah J. Newman, MD: Yes.
Cpl. Jackson 'Jake' Leibowitz: Example?
Capt. Josiah J. Newman, MD: You.
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military psychiatry
23 January 2011 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Hot off "To Kill a Mockingbird", Gregory Peck played another really good role in David Miller's "Captain Newman, M.D.". This time he's a psychiatrist on an army base in WWII having to deal with what we now recognize as PTSD, while also dealing with the military bureaucracy. In a way, the movie almost seems like a preview of the war in which the United States was about to mire itself (the Vietnam War). Fine support comes from Tony Curtis as a streetwise corporal and Angie Dickinson as a tolerant lieutenant, along with Eddie Albert, Bobby Darin and Robert Duvall as Peck's damaged patients.

Without a doubt this is one that I recommend. Maybe it's not as good as "To Kill a Mockingbird" - a little silly at times - but still a solid look at the world with which the psychiatrist has to put up.

Also starring Bethel Leslie, James Gregory, Robert F. Simon, Dick Sargent*, Larry Storch, Jane Withers and Vito Scotti.

*Robert F. Simon and Dick Sargent played father and son on "Bewitched". Also, Vito Scotti guest-starred on an episode.


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