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The Doctor's Dilemma (1958)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | January 1959 (USA)
Mrs. Dubedat (Leslie Caron) loves and idolizes her artist husband, Louis (Sir Dirk Bogarde), but he is dying of tuberculosis. She goes to Dr. Blenkinsop (Michael Gwynn) and convinces him to... See full summary »

Director:

Anthony Asquith

Writers:

George Bernard Shaw (play) (as Bernard Shaw), Anatole de Grunwald (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Leslie Caron ... Mrs. Dubedat
Dirk Bogarde ... Louis Dubedat
Alastair Sim ... Cutler Walpole
Robert Morley ... Sir Ralph Bloomfield-Bonington
John Robinson John Robinson ... Sir Colenso Ridgeon
Felix Aylmer ... Sir Patrick Cullen
Michael Gwynn ... Dr. Blenkinsop
Maureen Delaney Maureen Delaney ... Emmy
Alec McCowen ... Redpenny
Colin Gordon ... Newspaper Man
Gwenda Ewen Gwenda Ewen ... Minnie
Terence Alexander ... Mr. Lanchester
Derek Prentice Derek Prentice ... Head Waiter
Peter Sallis ... Secretary at Picture Gallery
Clifford Buckton Clifford Buckton ... Butcher
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Mrs. Dubedat (Leslie Caron) loves and idolizes her artist husband, Louis (Sir Dirk Bogarde), but he is dying of tuberculosis. She goes to Dr. Blenkinsop (Michael Gwynn) and convinces him to save her husband. The doctor can keep only so many patients, and must choose who is worth saving, but is convinced that Louis' artistic talents make him worthy. But when he and several colleague meet Louis, they discover that he is in fact a smooth-talking money-grabbing scoundrel. They also learn that he has another wife, whom he has abandoned. So, the doctor has a problem: should he let Louis die, leaving Mrs. Dubedat with her idealized image, or save him and his artistic talents, but force her to face his bigamy and other flaws? Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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Comedy | Drama

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Trivia

It was once rumored, nearly two decades before, that a movie version, produced by Gabriel Pascal would have had Leslie Howard and Wendy Hiller (the stars of Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion (1938)) playing the lead roles. See more »

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Version of ITV Play of the Week: The Doctor's Dilemma (1956) See more »

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An Extremely Intelligent Film
4 July 2016 | by net3431See all my reviews

It's rare to come upon such clever and witty dialogue and such an admirable rogue. While this film turns the medical profession onto its hat (not a difficult trick) it does it in a delightful way that captivates and entertains. The twists and turns of the various attitudes is a pleasure to behold. Sure, Caron is a crappy actress who is way over her head among these great actors, but her stilted acting does suit her role. In any case, her acting is overshadowed by the brilliant play and the wonderful performances around her. This is a movie that must be listened to. It wasn't until I devoted my entire attention to it that I really began to appreciate it.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Arzt am Scheideweg See more »

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Budget:

$576,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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