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Captain Newman, M.D. (1963)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, War | 25 December 1963 (USA)
In 1944, an Army doctor is in charge of a neuropsychiatric ward at an Army Air Corps hospital in Arizona, and he must deal with a variety of tough cases.

Director:

David Miller

Writers:

Richard L. Breen (screenplay), Phoebe Ephron (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gregory Peck ... Capt. Josiah J. Newman, MD
Tony Curtis ... Cpl. Jackson 'Jake' Leibowitz
Angie Dickinson ... Lt. Francie Corum
Eddie Albert ... Col. Norval Algate Bliss
James Gregory ... Col. Edgar Pyser
Bethel Leslie ... Mrs. Helene Winston
Robert Duvall ... Capt. Paul Cabot Winston
Jane Withers ... Lt. Grace Blodgett
Dick Sargent ... Lt. Belden 'Barney' Alderson
Larry Storch ... Cpl. Gavoni
Robert F. Simon ... Lt. Col. M.B. Larrabee
Syl Lamont Syl Lamont ... Sgt. Kopp
Paul Carr ... Arthur Werbel
Vito Scotti ... Maj. Alfredo Fortuno
Crahan Denton ... Maj. Gen. Snowden
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Storyline

In 1944, Capt. Josiah J. Newman is the doctor in charge of Ward 7, the neuropsychiatric ward, at an Army Air Corps hospital in Arizona. The hospital is under-resourced and Newman scrounges what he needs with the help of his inventive staff, especially Cpl. Jake Leibowitz. The military in general is only just coming to accept psychiatric disorders as legitimate and Newman generally has 6 weeks to cure them or send them on to another facility. There are many patients in the ward and his latest include Colonel Norville Bliss who has dissociated from his past; Capt. Paul Winston who is nearly catatonic after spending 13 months hiding in a cellar behind enemy lines; and 20 year-old Cpl. Jim Tompkins who is severely traumatized after his aircraft was shot down. Others come and go, including Italian prisoners of war, but Newman and team all realize that their success means the men will return to their units and combat. Written by garykmcd

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It speaks to you in the language of love, laughter and tears !... See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

25 December 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Captain Newman See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastman Color by Pathé)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Author Leo Rosten based the character of Captain Josiah Newman on his friend, Captain Ralph Greenson, a U.S. Army psychiatrist who worked with traumatized airmen during World War II, and was one of the first to identify the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder following combat. See more »

Goofs

Italy surrender in 1943. All Italian prisoners would have been released. The primary form of transportation during WWII was train not plane within the U.S.. ships were used outside the US. If this was supposed to be the end of 1944, the war had not been won yet. The battle of the bulge was underway and Japan was not any where close to surrender. No bases were closing at all. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Josiah J. Newman, MD: You mustn't confuse sadness with depression, "professor."
Cpl. Jackson 'Jake' Leibowitz: Is there any difference? Can a man look sad and still be happy?
Capt. Josiah J. Newman, MD: Yes.
Cpl. Jackson 'Jake' Leibowitz: Example?
Capt. Josiah J. Newman, MD: You.
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Connections

References Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) See more »

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Hava Naguilla
Composed by A. Z. Idelsohn
Performed by the Italians POW
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Captain Newman MD (1963)
3 November 2013 | by jochphllpsnSee all my reviews

This a serious and Harrowing tale of the psychological traumas suffered by American Servicemen .. and Gregory Peck as the struggling Doctor trying to mend damaged minds.. I find it difficult to understand why this Film has been categorised as 'Comedy' when clearly it isn't..!! Especially Bobby Darrin, delivers an outstanding performance as Corporal Jim Tompkins .. I would put this film up there with to 'To Kill a Mocking Bird ' -an outstanding performance from Gregory Peck .. There is NO comedy in this film .. the film deals direcly with the consequences of Horror in Warfare.. especially the Psychological trauma of the soldiers who survive, when they have witnessed the death of their buddies at first hand.. A film way before it's time .. -this is NOT a comedy.. but a deeply moving, serious film..


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