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Not as a Stranger (Morton Thompson's Not as a Stranger)1955

Not as a Stranger (Morton Thompson's Not as a Stranger) (1955)




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Ambitious but impecunious medical student Lucas Marsh (Robert Mitchum) marries the older and (in this film, at least) not especially attractive Kristina Hedvigson (Olivia de Havilland) so that she can pay his tuition fees. Kristina loves Lucas, but he loves nothing but his work. Emotionally shutting himself off from everyone -- including best friend, Alfred Boone (Frank Sinatra), and drunken dad, Job Marsh (Lon Chaney Jr.) -- Lucas survives his training and goes to work as the assistant to tough but tender small-town medico Dr. Runkleman (Charles Bickford). He enters into an affair with wealthy Harriet Lang (Gloria Grahame) (watch for the symbolism-laden tryst in the horse barn!), obliging Alfred, now a big-city doctor, to try to patch up his pal's marriage. But Lucas feels nothing and needs no one because he's come to think of himself as the perfect physician, incapable of making an error. When Lucas fails to revive his mentor Dr. Runkleman during heart surgery (a genuine heart is used in the "massage" close-ups), the young doctor suddenly realizes that he's not infallible after all. He wanders aimlessly through town, finally returning to his wife and collapsing into her arms, sobbing "Help me! Please help me!" Cameo players range from Broderick Crawford as a Jewish doctor denied entry into medicine's upper circles to Carl Switzer as a bug-eyed patient. The film was adapted from the best-selling novel by Morton Thompson. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Robert Mitchum
as Lucas Marsh
Frank Sinatra
as Alfred Boone
Olivia de Havilland
as Kristina Hedvigson
Gloria Grahame
as Harriet Lang
Charles Bickford
as Dr. Runkleman
Myron McCormick
as Dr. Snider
Lon Chaney Jr
as Job Marsh
Jesse White
as Ben Cosgrove
Lee Marvin
as Brundage
Whit Bissell
as Dr. Dietrich
Jack Raine
as Dr. Lettering
Mae Clarke
as Miss O'Dell
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Critic Reviews for Not as a Stranger (Morton Thompson's Not as a Stranger)

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

Though some scenes come off fairly well, Mitchum is poker-faced from start to finish.

November 7, 2007 | Full Review…

With so much dissecting in his picture -- and so much of it being good -- it is too bad that Mr. Kramer couldn't have done a little on his characters.

March 25, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

The exceptional cast helps to while away the platitudes and pieties, provided you can accept the likes of Mitchum, Sinatra and Marvin as somewhat wrinkly students.

January 26, 2006
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This is clearly a beginning film for Kramer, who doesn't seem concerned with the idea of pacing.

August 26, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

When the final moments of the movie wind down and Marsh finally fully hits the wall and Mitchum finally dissolves, it's startling and heart-wrenching.

February 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Mitchum's facial expressions seem to fall into two categories: sullen and sour.

November 7, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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