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Soap elevated to excellence by the cast and director. The book from which this was adapted, in one way or another, isn't bad either.
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.
Despite a stellar cast, this is an ordinary melodrama hamstrung by a mediocre script and dreadful Swedish accents.
A very good heartfelt film with some of the best actor's in the biz. A film worth adding to your collection.
Good little soaper of a melodrama. It reminded me in many ways of the superior "A Place in the Sun" with the social themes focus on social climbing, unplanned pregnancies, and of course love and marriage. Sun did it better, but this film is no slouch. Mitchum is always great, but this one seemed like one of his better performances. And what a bunch of tough guys as med students (Sinatra, Lee Marvin, and Mitchum)!
I really enjoy an old black and white film, and this one was pretty good. Robert Mitchum played his usual 'stone faced' character and it took me a while to get used to Olivia's Swedish accent. I thought that it was a good story and best of all had a nice ending.
Classic hollywood starring Robert Mitchum as a medical student struggling to make ends meet. He marries a hard-working nurse, played by the lovely Oliva de Haviland, so that he can afford tuition. Problem is, she really loves him, and he just wants to use her. Mitchum plays the not-so-nice guy role eerily well. Frank Sinatra steals many scenes as Mitchum's med school classmate who's in it for the pretty nurses and fat paychecks and who gets an allowance from his rich father. I'm not sure, but I have a feeling this film may have been groundbreaking at the time (1955) for showing a real/fake? heart beating during surgery, as well as a medical team handling a trauma in the hospital. Black & white with nice musical score.
**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.
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.
Intense drama about a young medical student confronting issues of finance and integrity. Well directed by Stanley Kramer.