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Between Two Women

Between Two Women(1945)

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When his wheelchair-bound, irascible boss, Dr. Leonard B. Gillespie, insists that he take his place at a gala war bond event, hard-working, young physician Randall "Red" Adams reluctantly agrees. To Red's surprise, Dr. Gillespie's wealthy "date" turns out to be Ruth Edley, a sincere socialite whose determination to marry Red is the cause of much gossip at his New York hospital, Blair General. After Red informs Ruth that, although he loves her, he cannot marry her because of her money, his attention is caught by Edna, a singer at the nightclub. Red tells the jealous Ruth that he senses something "peculiar" about Edna, and shortly after, Edna falls unconscious in her dressing room and is rushed to Blair by Red. The next morning, Red questions the revived Edna about her life, and she reveals that she has been unable to eat anything for four days. Red diagnoses Edna with neuropsychiatric self-starvation, but cannot say why she has developed a sudden loathing for food. At the same time, Sally, the hospital's beloved switchboard operator, falls ill after complaining for days about feeling tired and sick. Red diagnoses Sally with Bright's disease, an incurable but controllable urinary condition. Red then returns to Edna's nightclub to question her co-workers about recent events that may have contributed to her illness. Red does his best to uncover useful information about Edna, but learns nothing. Ruth, however, smugly tells Red that he is not asking the right questions and has a chat with Edna's dancer friend Marian. Based on their conversation, Ruth then suggests to Red that Edna's problems may be connected to her boyfriend's former admirer, Sylvia. Following Ruth's lead, Red returns to the hospital with Sylvia's theatrical agent, Goff, and drills Edna about her relationship with Sylvia, a dancer at the club. Edna states that after she became involved with her boyfriend, she and a jealous Sylvia began to fight, and Sylvia was eventually fired. Sometime later, Sylvia, a known drinker, died from starvation, and after hearing the news, Edna stopped eating. At Red's urging, the agent then reveals that Sylvia was fired after giving the stage manager an ultimatum, and did not starve because she lacked money, but because she was drinking too much. Convinced now that she was in no way responsible for Sylvia's death, Edna declares herself cured and looks forward to her next meal. Sally, meanwhile, is experiencing great pain, and Red is forced to reconsider his diagnosis. Upon examining some X-rays, Red concludes that she has a blocked kidney and requires emergency surgery. Sally, who feared she had cancer, is relieved by the diagnosis but insists that Red, on whom she has a crush, perform the operation. Despite some life-threatening complications, the operation is successful, and Sally makes a full recovery. Later, Red, Ruth, Sally, Dr. Gillespie and Red's fellow physician Dr. Lee attend another war bond event at the nightclub, and this time, Red eagerly kisses Ruth in exchange for war bonds.