Kings Row (1942) Poster


Robert Cummings: Parris Mitchell



  • Dr. Alexander Q. Tower : Oh, have you read this?

    Parris Mitchell : Yes, sir. I didn't understand it entirely, I'm afraid.

    Dr. Alexander Q. Tower : Well, it's a new field. They've even a new word for it: psychiatry.

    Parris Mitchell : It's something I never thought about. I mean, for a doctor to want to cure diseases of people's minds instead of their bodies. I suppose it's a pretty big field, sir.

    Dr. Alexander Q. Tower : Maybe too big. Maybe a hundred years off.

  • Dr. Alexander Q. Tower : In the 13th Century, man was happier and more comfortable in his world than he is now. I'm speaking of psychic man and his relationship with his whole universe.

    Parris Mitchell : I get it, sir. Everything was so simple then

    Dr. Alexander Q. Tower : That was it, Parris. That was it. But in this modern complicated world, man breaks down under the strain, the bewilderment, disappointment, and disillusionment. He gets lost, goes crazy, commits suicide. I don't know what's going to happen to this world in the next hundred years or so, but I can guarantee you life isn't going to get any simpler. Worry and doubt bring on a bellyache. Mankind's building up the biggest psychic bellyache in history.

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