The Young Doctors (1961)

100 mins | Drama | 1961

Director:

Phil Karlson

Writer:

Joseph Hayes

Cinematographer:

Arthur J. Ornitz

Editor:

Robert Swink

Production Designer:

Richard Sylbert

Production Companies:

Drexel Films, Millar/Turman Productions
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HISTORY

Filmed with the assistance of the American Medical Association. Scenes shot at Women's Hospital, Manhattan General Hospital and St. Luke's Hospital in New York City; and Vassar Brothers Hospital, Poughkeepsie, NY. Technical advisor Charles Frederick Begg, M.D., was Director of Laboratories at St. Luke's Hospital. Also presented on television's Studio One , 9 and 16 Dec 1957, under the title No Deadly Machine ... More Less

Filmed with the assistance of the American Medical Association. Scenes shot at Women's Hospital, Manhattan General Hospital and St. Luke's Hospital in New York City; and Vassar Brothers Hospital, Poughkeepsie, NY. Technical advisor Charles Frederick Begg, M.D., was Director of Laboratories at St. Luke's Hospital. Also presented on television's Studio One , 9 and 16 Dec 1957, under the title No Deadly Machine . More Less

CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
Gaffer
ART DIRECTOR
Prod des
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Ed consultant
Asst ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus comp and cond
Orch
Orch
Mus ed
SOUND
Sd eff ed
VISUAL EFFECTS
Titles
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Prod mgr
Prod mgr
Scr supv
Set grip
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Final Diagnosis by Arthur Hailey (Garden City, New York, 1959).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
No Deadly Machine
The Final Diagnosis
Release Date:
1961
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 23 August 1961
Copyright Claimant:
Drexel Films
Copyright Date:
24 August 1961
Copyright Number:
LP21040
Physical Properties:
Sound
Westrex Recording System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
100
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
20002
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

When young Dr. David Coleman arrives at a large New York hospital to join the pathology staff, he is greeted with hostility by aging chief pathologist Dr. Joseph Pearson, who regards Coleman's arrival as a personal criticism of his competence. The two men first clash when David demands that three separate blood tests be made to determine whether an expectant mother's blood has become sensitized. Irritated by the young man's superior attitude, Pearson refuses to order the serum necessary for the third test. As the days pass, David becomes emotionally involved with Cathy Hunt, a student nurse troubled by a knee tumor. To determine whether the condition is cancerous, Pearson orders a biopsy. Following an examination, Pearson decides the tumor is malignant and that Cathy's leg must be amputated if her life is to be saved. Though David disagrees, he accepts the older man's diagnosis and persuades Cathy to submit to the operation. Meanwhile, because of Pearson's failure to order the blood test serum, the wife of a resident intern named Dr. Alexander is in danger of losing her newborn child. When the third test is finally made, it is learned that the woman's blood had become sensitized. After bitterly denouncing Pearson for his carelessness, Mrs. Alexander's physician, Dr. Dornberger, makes a desperate effort to save the baby's life by performing an exchange transfusion, total replacement of the infant's blood. Filled with remorse, Pearson submits his resignation. When the Alexander baby survives the transfusion, David tries to persuade Pearson, for whom he has developed a growing respect, to withdraw his resignation. But even though Pearson's diagnosis of Cathy's tumor was correct, he decides that it is time ... +


When young Dr. David Coleman arrives at a large New York hospital to join the pathology staff, he is greeted with hostility by aging chief pathologist Dr. Joseph Pearson, who regards Coleman's arrival as a personal criticism of his competence. The two men first clash when David demands that three separate blood tests be made to determine whether an expectant mother's blood has become sensitized. Irritated by the young man's superior attitude, Pearson refuses to order the serum necessary for the third test. As the days pass, David becomes emotionally involved with Cathy Hunt, a student nurse troubled by a knee tumor. To determine whether the condition is cancerous, Pearson orders a biopsy. Following an examination, Pearson decides the tumor is malignant and that Cathy's leg must be amputated if her life is to be saved. Though David disagrees, he accepts the older man's diagnosis and persuades Cathy to submit to the operation. Meanwhile, because of Pearson's failure to order the blood test serum, the wife of a resident intern named Dr. Alexander is in danger of losing her newborn child. When the third test is finally made, it is learned that the woman's blood had become sensitized. After bitterly denouncing Pearson for his carelessness, Mrs. Alexander's physician, Dr. Dornberger, makes a desperate effort to save the baby's life by performing an exchange transfusion, total replacement of the infant's blood. Filled with remorse, Pearson submits his resignation. When the Alexander baby survives the transfusion, David tries to persuade Pearson, for whom he has developed a growing respect, to withdraw his resignation. But even though Pearson's diagnosis of Cathy's tumor was correct, he decides that it is time for him to leave. Confident that David is a worthy successor, the old man packs his few belongings and leaves the hospital. +

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