Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
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A doctor caring for natives on a tropical island is dismissed by the bully owner of the island who discovered a discrepancy in his medical past. Suddenly, the owner is struck with acute ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Florey

Writers:

John Bagni (original screenplay), Gwen Bagni (original screenplay)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
David Niven ... Doctor
George Macready ... George
Dianne Foster ... Laura
Walter Sande ... Johnny Boss
Robert Cabal ... Marua
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A doctor caring for natives on a tropical island is dismissed by the bully owner of the island who discovered a discrepancy in his medical past. Suddenly, the owner is struck with acute appendicitis and the just-fired doctor is called to perform emergency surgery. Written by Jay Phelps <jaynashvil@aol.com>

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 1952 (USA) See more »

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Four Star Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Decent but not without a few minor plot problems.
26 September 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

David Niven stars in this installment of "Four Star Playhouse". When the show begins, a super-obnoxious rich guy (George MacReady) arrives with his bride at a crappy tropical island. It turns out that the rich guy owns the rubber business and has come to check up on a doctor (Niven) employed by the company. This is because his resume DIDN'T check out and he intends to fire the doc. Without even giving the guy a chance to explain himself. the rich guy begins throwing his weight about and tells the doctor to pack his bags and go. However, soon Mr. Rich Guy gets ill and the doctor appears to be the only one who can save him.

While this episode is entertaining, one thing really bothered me. The rich guy was amazingly one-dimensional and it was hard to believe this hard- bitten guy was real. Also, it's a minor quibble, but they didn't pronounce the main island of Tahiti (Papeete) correctly...and the folks SHOULD have known how to do this. Not a bad episode but one that isn't particularly outstanding either.


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