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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)

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

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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, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Edna Anhalt, Edward Anhalt
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 29, 2011
Runtime:
United Artists

Cast

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 (7) | Top Critics (3)

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

Full Review… | November 7, 2007
Variety
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | November 7, 2007
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Well-meaning.

Full Review… | May 18, 2004
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A well meaning, well acted unremarkable and undemanding drama.

Full Review… | May 24, 2003
Film4

Audience Reviews for Not as a Stranger (Morton Thompson's Not as a Stranger)

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.

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**1/2 (out of four)

An almost good movie, "Not As a Stranger" features a great cast, with several notable actors of its era. It also shows a story that wasn't very common back in 1955. But, it also turns much too soap opera-ish for its one good.

The movie was the directorial debut for Stanley Kramer. He would later go on to make much better films like "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner", "On the Beach" and "Ship of Fools". This one follows the ups and downs of four medical students as they struggle through their classes and juggling relationships.

The idea was great, but the pay off never happens. The impressive cast features: Olivia de Havilland, Frank Sinatra, Robert Mitchum, Broderick Crawford, and Gloria Graham.

Zeppo1
Steve Smith

Excellent drama, great cast. Olivia de Havilland is an unusual choice, but she does well. Robert Mitchum is terrific as always. Very interesting, well made, fine score.

jam233
James Higgins

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