Captain Newman, M. D. (1963)

126 mins | Comedy-drama | 1963

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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
2nd unit dir
Asst dir
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
Asst cam
Asst cam
Stills
Grip
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set coordinator
Props
Props
COSTUMES
Cost des
Ward
Ward
MUSIC
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Main titles
MAKEUP
Makeup supv
Makeup
Makeup
Makeup
Hairstyles
Hairstyles
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit prod mgr
Scr supv
Dial coach
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Captain Newman, M.D. by Leo Rosten (New York, 1961).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
1963
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 25 December 1963
Copyright Claimant:
Brentwood Productions
Copyright Date:
4 April 1964
Copyright Number:
LP34721
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Eastman Color by Pathé
Duration(in mins):
126
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Captain Newman, head of the neuropsychiatric section at a Southwestern Army air base during World War II, is badgered by his commanding officer because he grounds so many men and is slow in returning them to active duty. Newman is assisted by Lieut. Francie Corum, a nurse with whom he has an affair; Lieut. Grace Blodgett, another nurse, who provides the patients with a "mother" image; and Corp. Jackson Laibowitz, a New Jersey Jew and Newman's chief orderly, who, although untrained in medical arts, has an innate understanding of human behavior. Among Newman's patients is Colonel Bliss, who has a guilt complex about the many men he has sent into combat never to return. Bliss does not respond to treatment and ultimately commits suicide by jumping off a water tower. Corporal Tompkins, another patient, considers himself a coward for failing to rescue a buddy from a burning plane, although Tompkins has been decorated for his bravery in 34 missions. He is cured by Newman, only to be killed in combat upon returning to active duty. Captain Winston, brought in in a catatonic state, is successfully treated with the help of his wife and set on the path to complete recovery. Newman, Corum, Laibowitz, and Blodgett continue their discouraging job of curing men and sending them back to the ... +


Captain Newman, head of the neuropsychiatric section at a Southwestern Army air base during World War II, is badgered by his commanding officer because he grounds so many men and is slow in returning them to active duty. Newman is assisted by Lieut. Francie Corum, a nurse with whom he has an affair; Lieut. Grace Blodgett, another nurse, who provides the patients with a "mother" image; and Corp. Jackson Laibowitz, a New Jersey Jew and Newman's chief orderly, who, although untrained in medical arts, has an innate understanding of human behavior. Among Newman's patients is Colonel Bliss, who has a guilt complex about the many men he has sent into combat never to return. Bliss does not respond to treatment and ultimately commits suicide by jumping off a water tower. Corporal Tompkins, another patient, considers himself a coward for failing to rescue a buddy from a burning plane, although Tompkins has been decorated for his bravery in 34 missions. He is cured by Newman, only to be killed in combat upon returning to active duty. Captain Winston, brought in in a catatonic state, is successfully treated with the help of his wife and set on the path to complete recovery. Newman, Corum, Laibowitz, and Blodgett continue their discouraging job of curing men and sending them back to the front. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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