Captain Newman, M.D. (1963)


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Gregory Peck plays a benevolent God-like figure in a white smock as Captain Josiah Newman, the head of a psych-unit at a Southwestern army base during the waning days of World War II. Newman is a patriarchal protector to his patients, preferring to keep him in his ward, rather than return them to certain death on the battlefield. The matriarchal figure of the ward is Lieutenant Grace Blodgett (Jane Withers), but Newman is more interested in his assistant Lieutenant Francie Corum (Angie … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Henry Ephron, Phoebe Ephron, Richard L. Breen, Leo Rosten
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 4, 2008
MCA Universal Home Video



as Capt. Josiah J. Newm...

as Cpl. Jackson Leibowi...

as Cpl. Jim Tompkins

as Lt. Francie Corum

as Col. Bliss

as Col. Fyser

as Helene Winston

as Lt. Grace Blodgett

as Lt. Alderson

as Gavoni

as Lt. Col. Larrabee

as Sgt. Kopp

as Werbel

as Maj. Alfredo Fortuno

as Maj. Gen. Snowden

as Maj. Gen. Snowden

as Capt. Howard

as Capt. Paul Cabot Win...

as Carrozzo

as Waitress at Blue Gro...

as Maj. Dawes

as Mrs. Pyser

as Maccarades

as Hollingshead

as Officer

as Haskell

as Carrozzo

as Patient

as Chaplain

as Patient

as Patient

as Lt. Col. Larrabee
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Critic Reviews for Captain Newman, M.D.

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Bobby Darin received his first and only Oscar nomination for playing a shell-shocked soldier-patient under the care of Gregory Peck's military psychiatrist.

Full Review… | August 5, 2010

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Audience Reviews for Captain Newman, M.D.

This is the story of a military doctor working at a mental hospital in Arizona catering to soldiers during World War II, and all of the various tuff he has to deal with, from suffering patients, to an oddball new orderly, and a relationship with one of the nurses.

The thing that immediately caught my attention was the cast: Gregory Peck, Tony Curtis, Angie Dickinson, Eddie Albert. Dick Sargenym and supporting roles by Bobby Darin and Robert Duvall. The cast alone makes this a hell of a picture.

It's not just the cast, though. There's a good story here. It's a nice little melodrama typical of the times filled with humor, romance, and sadness, but the cast holds it together. I was really happy with how they were able to blend the laughs with some of the more serious stuff and keep it from being too corny.

The cast are great, and so are their performances. Peck is in typical Peck mode, but that's just fine. Curtis is a real scene stealer, providing some of the best laugh moments, a lot of which are caused just because of goofy faces he makes. The real drama is brought by Darin, Albert, and Duvall who all have some terrific moments of real, moving acting.

This is just a nice good old fashioned film, but that's okay. I liked it. It's entertaining, yet it tries to do a little more.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

Enjoyable comic drama. Peck is a tower of strength, Angie stalwart, and Tony Curtis most amusing which is welcome when it gets to be heavy going at times. Rest of the cast full of familiar faces perform well. Only problem is that it's overlong.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Good comedy drama, with a fascinating varied cast. The melodrama does get a bit heavy at times, bit for the most part it is interesting. Well made, good production. Gregory Peck gives the best performance in the cast, very subdued and effective.

James Higgins

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