To pacify 104 sex-starved male soldiers building an Arctic radar base, Army psychologist Vicki Loren suggests choosing one by lot to have a "perfect furlough" as selected by the men: three ... See full summary »
In 1803 France, Napoleon Bonaparte (Robert Cornthwaite) orders the capture of notorious highwayman "Purple Mask" (Tony Curtis), who routinely rescues imprisoned nobles and harasses the Revolutionary officials.
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Ill-advised by a pal, a chemistry professor falsely claims he is an undercover FBI agent in order to cover-up his marital infidelity but his lie, although swallowed by his wife, gets him in trouble with the real FBI, the CIA and the KGB.
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
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 »
Aircraft are seen that bear the national insignia that was used after 1948. See more »
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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