Captain Newman, M.D.

Overview

Gregory Peck plays a benevolent God-like figure in a white smock as Captain Josiah Newman, the head of a psych-unit at a Southwestern army base during the waning days of World War II. Newman is a patriarchal protector to his patients, preferring to keep him in his ward, rather than return them to certain death on the battlefield. The matriarchal figure of the ward is Lieutenant Grace Blodgett Jane Withers, but Newman is more interested in his assistant Lieutenant Francie Corum Angie Dickinson, with whom he is ...
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Overview

Gregory Peck plays a benevolent God-like figure in a white smock as Captain Josiah Newman, the head of a psych-unit at a Southwestern army base during the waning days of World War II. Newman is a patriarchal protector to his patients, preferring to keep him in his ward, rather than return them to certain death on the battlefield. The matriarchal figure of the ward is Lieutenant Grace Blodgett Jane Withers, but Newman is more interested in his assistant Lieutenant Francie Corum Angie Dickinson, with whom he is having an affair. Further help is provided by human nature expert, Corp. Jackson Laibowitz Tony Curtis, the orderly. And Newman needs all the help he can get. Particularly with three patients: Colonel Bliss Eddie Albert is suffering from a guilt complex from all the men he has sent to death; Corporal Tompkins Bobby Darin, in an Academy Award-nominated performance, although decorated for bravery in combat, calls himself a coward for failing to save his pal from a burning plane; and Captain Winston Robert Duvall is guilt-ridden and has lapsed into catatonia because he had hidden for over a year in the basement of a building in Germany. Although Newman wants to cure these men of their psychological problems, he doesn't want to see them returned to the war to be killed.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
While not without its faults, Captain Newman, M.D. is an entertaining, well-intentioned film that benefits from its sterling cast. Where Newman is less fortunate is in its screenplay, which vacillates between comedy and drama and never quite finds the appropriate balance between the two. There's also a structural problem inherent in Newman: it stars Gregory Peck and with a star of that magnitude must focus on him. But the character of Newman is more of an observer and reactor than a participant and catalyst, and so the film keeps shifting its focus away from the star and onto the supporting players. Director David Miller does what he can to correct these flaws, but his efforts are only partially successful. Fortunately, the screenplay compensates for its flaws with some finely realized characters and some flavorful dialogue. Peck is a bit stiff in Newman, a tendency he had to fight against in many roles, but his star power counts for a lot. Angie Dickinson is attractive and effective, and James Gregory properly officious, but the best supporting performances come from Eddie Albert, Robert Duvall and the Oscar-nominated Bobby Darin. Darin's performance is the most surprising, revealing much more depth and talent than one would expect from his lighter roles, but Albert is equally as good, and Duvall impressive in a part that requires little speaking. The stories of these 3 men form the dramatic basis of the picture, and they play their parts for all they are worth.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/5/2011
  • UPC: 025192083648
  • Original Release: 1963
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: Español
  • Time: 2:07:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 14,416

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gregory Peck Capt. Josiah Newman
Tony Curtis Cpl. Jackson Laibowitz
Angie Dickinson Lt. Francie Corum
Eddie Albert Col. Norval Algate Bliss
Bobby Darin Cpl. Jim Tompkins
James Gregory Col. Edgar Pyser
Robert Duvall Capt. Paul Cabot Winston
Bethel Leslie Helene Winston
Jane Withers Lt. Grace Blodgett
Dick Sargent Lieutenant Alderson
Larry Storch Corporal Gavoni
Robert Simon Lt. Col. Larrabee
Syl Lamont Sgt. Kopp
Vito Scotti Maj. Alfredo Fortuno
Graham Denton Maj. Gen. Snowden
Gregory Walcott Capt. Howard
Charlie Briggs Gorkow
Barry Atwater Maj. Dawes
Ted Bessel Carrozzo
Marc Cavell
Howard Dayton
Ann Doran Mrs. Pyser
Seamon Glass
Jack Grinnage Patient
John Hart Officer
David Landfield Corporal
Byron Morrow Hollingshead
Sammy Reese Haskell
Penny Santon Waitress at Blue Grotto
Amzie Strickland Kathie
Robert Strong Chaplain
Joseph Walsh Maccarades
Martin West
David Winters
Technical Credits
David Miller Director
Alexander Golitzen Art Director
Robert Arthur Producer
Richard L. Breen Screenwriter
Howard Bristol Set Decoration/Design
Henry Ephron Screenwriter
Phoebe Ephron Screenwriter
Walter Hammond Special Effects
Alma Macrorie Editor
Russell Metty Cinematographer
Rosemary Odell Costumes/Costume Designer
Brentwood Reynard Producer
Leo Rosten Screenwriter
Frank Skinner Score Composer
Alfred Sweeney Art Director
Bud Westmore Makeup
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Captain Newman, M.D.
1. The Psycho Ward [Main Titles] [11:12]
2. Morning Rounds [6:57]
3. A New Orderly [4:59]
4. ABC's of Psychiatry [4:24]
5. Thoroughly Qualified [9:39]
6. Mr. Future [11:04]
7. Sharing the Salami [7:08]
8. Recruiting Patients [4:31]
9. Flak Juice [2:19]
10. Shot Down [8:04]
11. Medical Discharge [9:22]
12. Herding Sheep [6:23]
13. Postwar Plans [4:11]
14. Under Lock & Key [9:39]
15. Holiday Shenanigans [5:49]
16. Deep, Dark, Safe [4:26]
17. Merry Christmas [5:51]
18. Going Nuts [8:40]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Captain Newman, M.D.
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   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Spoken Languages: Español
      Subtitles: English SDH
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Off
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