GenreComedy, Drama, War Duration CountryUnited States
WriterRichard L. Breen, Henry Ephron, Phoebe Ephron Release dateDecember 23, 1963 (1963-12-23) Music directorFrank Skinner, Russell Garcia CastGregory Peck (Capt. Josiah 'Joe' Newman, MD), Tony Curtis (Cpl. Jackson 'Jake' Leibowitz), Angie Dickinson (Lt. Francie Corum), Eddie Albert (Col. Norval Algate Bliss), James Gregory (Col. Edgar Pyser), Bethel Leslie (Mrs. Helene Winston) Similar moviesTony Curtis appears in Captain Newman - MD and Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came
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Captain Newman, M.D. is a 1963 American film starring Gregory Peck, Tony Curtis, Angie Dickinson, Robert Duvall, Eddie Albert and Bobby Darin. It was directed by David Miller and filmed on location at Fort Huachuca, Arizona.
The film is based on the 1961 novel by Leo Rosten. It was loosely based on the World War II experiences of Rosten's close friend Ralph Greenson, M.D., while Greenson was a captain in the Army Medical Corps supporting the U.S. Army Air Forces and stationed at Yuma Army Airfield in Yuma, Arizona. Greenson is well known for his work on "empathy" and was one of the first in his field to seriously associate posttraumatic stress disorder with wartime experiences. He was a director of the Los Angeles Psychoanalytic Institute and was a practicing Freudian. Greenson is perhaps best known for his patients, who included Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, Tony Curtis and Vivien Leigh.
Major filming took place at the U.S. Army's Fort Huachuca complex in southern Arizona, with the co-located Libby Army Airfield used to portray the fictional Colfax Army Air Field.
In 1944, Captain Josiah Newman (Peck) is head of the neuro-psychiatric Ward 7 at the Colfax Army Air Field military hospital, located in the Arizona desert. As he explains to a visiting VIP who wanders in: "We're short of beds, doctors, orderlies, nurses, everything ... except patients." He will use unconventional tactics to treat his patients and to recruit much needed personnel, as when he hijacks a new and very reluctant orderly, Corporal Jackson Leibowitz (Curtis), a wheeler-dealer from New Jersey. Leibowitz promptly has the entire ward participating in a sing-along of "Old MacDonald Had a Farm."
Newman also takes great pains to court nurse Lieutenant Francie Corum (Dickinson) on what she thinks is a date... until he asks her to transfer to Ward 7. Their 'date/fight' is cut short by a phone call: Colonel Bliss (Albert) has forced his way into Ward 7 looking for Dr. Newman with a 6-inch knife, because Newman blocked his return to active duty after witnessing Bliss' erratic behavior. After watching Newman's handling of this situation and other patients on the ward, Corum transfers in.
Newman treats shell-shocked, schizophrenic and catatonic patients, facing an especial challenge from the traumatized Corporal Jim Tompkins (Darin), an Eighth Air Force air gunner whose mind has been shattered by his war experiences. He is bedeviled by Colfax AAF's "old-school" base commander, Colonel Pyser (Gregory), who ultimately saddles him with a complement of injured Italian POWs because his is the only secure ward in the hospital. In addition, a flock of constantly straying sheep (kept for the medical lab) that find their way to the airfield and a set of feuding orderlies keeps life interesting right up to Christmas 1944.
Gregory Peck as Capt. Newman, M.D., MC, USAR
Tony Curtis as Cpl. Jackson Leibowitz, USAAF, de facto boss of the orderlies
Angie Dickinson as 1st Lt. Francie Corum, NC, USAR
Eddie Albert as Col. Norval Bliss, USAAF
Bobby Darin as Cpl. Jim Tompkins, USAAF
Robert Duvall as Capt. Winston
Bethel Leslie as Helene Winston
James Gregory as Col. Pyser, USAAF
Dick Sargent as Lt. Alderson
Larry Storch as Cpl. Gavoni
Jane Withers as 1st Lt. Blodgett
Vito Scotti as Maj. Alfredo Fortuno, Italian POW Senior Officer
Gregory Walcott as Capt. Howard
Awards and nominations
The film was nominated for three Academy Awards.
Best Supporting Actor (nomination) – Bobby Darin
Best Sound – Waldon O. Watson
Writing (Screenplay – based on material from another medium) — Richard L. Breen, Henry Ephron, Phoebe Ephron
Bobby Darin won the French Film Critics Award for best actor at the Cannes Film Festival.