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The Young Doctors (1961)





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The Young Doctors presaged the many medical dramas that would become series hits on American television from the 1960s onward. The cast of physicians in this tale about the relationship between two doctors even includes one female physician. Ben Gazzara is Dr. David Coleman, a new medic who has high ideals and enthusiasm to match. His mentor is Dr. Joseph Pearson (Fredric March), who is head of their department and has been around enough to know what daily problems, including bureaucratic overload, can do to a doctor's outlook. The push-and-pull exchange between the two men fuels the story, which features two important cases that challenge them. Actor George Segal debuts in this film as one of the doctors.


Fredric March
as Dr. Joseph Pearson
Ben Gazzara
as Dr. David Coleman
Dick Clark
as Dr. Alexander
Ina Balin
as Cathy Hunt
Eddie Albert
as Dr. Charles Dornberger
Phyllis Love
as Mrs. Alexander
Edward Andrews
as Bannister
Aline MacMahon
as Dr. Lucy Grainger
Arthur Hill
as Tomaselli
Rosemary Murphy
as Miss Graves
Barnard Hughes
as Dr. Kent O'Donnell
Joe Bova
as Dr. Shawcross
George Segal
as Dr. Howard
Matt Crowley
as Dr. Rufus
Dick Button
as Operating Intern
William Hansen
as X-Ray Technician
Addison Powell
as Board Physician
Ronald Reagan
as Narrator
Dolph Sweet
as Physician
Ella Smith
as Physician
Robert Dahdah
as Physician
Gloria Vanderbilt
as Elizabeth Alexander
James Broderick
as Dr. Alexander
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All Critics (3)

It's too rich, too plummy a mixture for artistic translation, and although some genius might make us take to heart the agonies and excitements, in the ordinary way they simply provide an enjoyable off-reality, realism at a suspect level.

July 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Harrowing hospital drama has some medical insights, but is grim and terrifying.

December 29, 2015 | Full Review…

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