During World War II and the era of staunch racial segregation, a Black carpenter's son named Vivien Thomas, who had a talent for surgery, along with a white surgeon named Dr. Alfred Blalock... See full summary »

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Bill Duke, Andrea Kalin

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Episode credited cast:
Morgan Freeman ... Narrator (voice)
Courtney B. Vance ... Voice of Vivien Thomas (voice)
Beau James Beau James ... Dr. Alfred Blalock
Christopher Haley ... Vivien Thomas (as Chris Haley)
Jane Leuders Jane Leuders ... Dr. Helen Taussig
John Dryden John Dryden ... Newsreel Voice (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Susan Allenback Susan Allenback ... Extra (as Susan Allenbach)
Dean Avery Dean Avery ... Extra
Donna Barrett Donna Barrett ... Extra
Alfred Blalock Alfred Blalock ... Self (archive footage) (as Dr. Alfred Blalock)
Jim Brady Jim Brady ... Extra
Johnny Cassell Johnny Cassell ... Extra
Denton A. Cooley Denton A. Cooley ... Self (as Dr. Denton A. Cooley)
Sam De Crispino Sam De Crispino ... Extra (as Sam Decrispino)
Koco Eaton Koco Eaton ... Self (as Dr. Koco Eaton)
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During World War II and the era of staunch racial segregation, a Black carpenter's son named Vivien Thomas, who had a talent for surgery, along with a white surgeon named Dr. Alfred Blalock, who defied the medical establishment created a partnership that changed the course of cardiac surgery. With only a high school diploma, Thomas became a leading cardiac pioneer and educator of two generations of the United States' premiere heart surgeons. This moving documentary tells the story of Thomas and his relationship with Blalock, one that ushered in advances in surgery that are still in existence today. Written by Leslye Allen (L. J. Allen-2)

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A white surgeon with uncommon vision, a black research technician with the hands of a craftsman, together created a medical miracle. See more »


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Chris Haley was initially cast an extra for the Johns Hopkins recreations of the film. Director Andrea Kalin saw Haley on the set and was immediately struck by his resemblance to Vivien Thomas. After a brief meeting with the producers, it became clear that Haley was the perfect choice for Thomas and was cast on the spot. See more »

Crazy Credits

Dr. Blalock examined the incision.

He asked, "Vivian, are you sure you did this? This looks like something the Lord made." See more »

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Coming to Baltimore
Written and Performed by Joe Delia
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Official Sites:

PBS

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 February 2003 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$600,000 (estimated)
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Stereo

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Color | Black and White (still photographs and archival footage)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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