The Young Doctors

  • 1961
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

March is an aging doctor who runs the pathology department at a major hospital. When young doctor Gazzara is hired to work in the same department, March takes it as a personal affront. The two battle over a number of medical issues. In one instance, Gazzara orders three blood tests to see if an expectant mother, Love, has sensitized blood that would endanger...read more

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March is an aging doctor who runs the pathology department at a major hospital. When young doctor Gazzara is hired to work in the same department, March takes it as a personal affront. The two battle over a number of medical issues. In one instance, Gazzara orders three blood tests to

see if an expectant mother, Love, has sensitized blood that would endanger her child. March thinks three tests unnecessary and forbids the third. Meanwhile, Gazzara begins an affair with student nurse Balin, who later develops a tumor on her knee. March finds that it is malignant and has the limb

amputated. Gazzara doesn't accept March's decision but submits to the older doctor's authority. The blood-test decision comes back to haunt March, though, when Love's baby is born seriously ill. Doctor Albert, Love's personal physician, verbally attacks March for his professional carelessness

before going off to save the infant's life with a total blood transfusion. March decides that he is indeed too old and resigns. Gazzara, whose respect for March has grown since his discovery that the doctor's diagnosis of Balin was correct, asks March to reconsider, but the doctor's mind is made

up, and he leaves the department in Gazzara's hands. Soap-opera treatment harks back to the days of the Dr. Kildare series, and the writing is mostly ridiculous. The performances, by an amazing conglomeration of talented and talentless actors and actresses, are mostly indifferent, but March is at

the height of his art and makes his aging doctor facing the fact that his knowledge is obsolete an impressively believable character. The film is slick but moves quickly enough to cover up the worst of its script problems and keeps the actors moving on and off before the audience can catch on to

the degree of their incompetence.

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