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Not as a Swedish-American Accent
I really wanted to like this movie because I like Mitchum, Sinatra, and de Havilland. But in this film de Havilland's accent didn't work. I really wish she had just talked normally (the accent wasn't really necessary) and then I might've been able to enjoy the movie more and overlook her horrible hair.
NOT AS A STRANGER
- JOSEPH ROY ANDERSON
WHEN DOCTORS ENDORSED CIGARETTES. NOTHING WAS WRONG WITH OUR PARENTS. WE WANT TO ERASE THEIR VALUES FOR OURS. THE MOVIE WAS GREAT.
- roger duncan
Trust Kramer to make it real. Mitchum? Such a presence but displays acting chops with difficult lines...he must have worked hard or they had a thousand takes...Kramer and Mitchum and the editor...par excellence. Miss deHavilland...so slender and graceful and determined...I wondered the accent but it worked and wasn't overdone. Of course, she takes Bob back...who wouldn't...Roger
Just viewed this movie for the first time and loved it! Have searched for it on the TCM schedule and can't find it scheduled to play again at all. Please run it again soon! They just don't make them like this any more with all the BIG name stars in them!
Great movie, very true to life
- Hugh Dame, MD, FACS
I had the privilege of working with the doctor who was the model for Lucas Marsh in 1965-1969. I knew him well, knew the medical community that he worked in and I even went to the same medical school. The story is accurate in many respects, as related to me by the original character. Morton Thompson worked as a lab and X-ray technician for this doctor. Highly recommend this to anyone who would like a realistic look at the history of small-town medicine in the period from 1930-1960.
"Not as a Stranger"
- T. E. Marchiondo, D.O.
I first saw this film when I was a medical student back in the 80's and was enthralled with it not only because of the fine acting and playing against type (ie. Robert Mitchum), but also because of the differences in the way medicine was practiced then as compared to now (ie. you would NEVER wash someone down with isopropol alcohol to reduce a fever). This movie was like a soap opera, showing the lives and loves of medical personnel during tough conditions, and that much hasn't changed between then and now. It was also amazing how much the cost of going to medical school rose dramatically during the 28-year period from when the film was released (1955) until the year I started medical school (in 1983). Gloria Graham is a babe in this film and I loved the subtle way the director showed the time that she and Robert Mitchum's character spent time together during the affair with the horses jumping around in the stable (a little "horsing" around you might say). Anyway, how many votes will it take to get this excellent film on DVD? It is long overdo.
Not As a Stranger (1955)
- James Higgins
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.
- Penny Loken-Evans
What a tragedy that this movie isn't available to see more than once a year. The acting is gripping, there are believable story lines. The movie should be made available to the public.
Best Roles Ever for these Top performers
- Bill McG
Each leading and supporting actor/actress were at the top of their game and peaks of their careers when they took on these totally out-of character roles. Mitchum, the big tough guy playing the sensitive and caring doctor; deHavilland, the underappreciated and quietly suffering wife; the rambunctuous Sinatra, now the level-headed concerned Dr and friend; and Carole Grahame in her best role ever, the seductive other woman. Special applause for Broderick Crafword and Charles Bickford!!
Another unknown gem. Thanks TCM!
- Steve Edlefsen
I tuned into this movie toward the end but was enthralled by its intensity. It portrays the immense pressures of the medical profession in such an effective way that it leaves you wrung out and appreciative of what M.D.s go through. The personal side is presented as well. Could there be a better cast with such amazing performances? I don't think so. I added this to my list of movies-to-own between La Dolce Vita and Night Of The Iguana.
- K Lawson
This is actually one of the most medically accurate screen portrayals I have had the pleasure of viewing. Robert Mitchum did a convincing job with typical patient encounters and technology of the time. Most of the other characters were very true to form from the gruff but caring pathologist to the experienced country doctor.