For this month’s final review for Genre Grandeur – Medical Dramas here’s a review of The Sleeping City (1950) by Patty of CaftanWoman.com
In case you missed any of the reviews, here’s a recap:
- Contagion (2011) – James
- Awakenings (1990) – Darren
- The Big Sick (2017) – David
- Men in White (1934) – Patty
- M*A*S*H (1970) – Rob
- Made For Each Other (1939) – Emily
- The Quiet Duel (1949) – James
- A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (1972) – David
- The House of God (1984) – Sally
- The Andromeda Strain (1971) – James
- The Snake Pit (1948) – David
- Flatliners (1990) – Darren
- ER (1994) – Rob
- The Sleeping City (1950) – Patty
In addition, I watched and reviewed 7 movies for my companion series Genre Guesstimation. Unfortunately, none of them will now be considered among my favorites of the genre.
- Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story (2009)
- Symphony for Six Million (1932)
- Green For Danger (1946)
- The Killer That Stalked New York (1950)
- Vital Signs (1990)
- Flatliners (2017)
- Critical Care (1997)
Thanks again to Patty of CaftanWoman.com for choosing this month’s genre.
Next month’s genre has been chosen by Todd of The Forgotten Filmz Podcast and we will be reviewing our favorite 80’s teen films
Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Sep by sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Try to think out of the box! Great choice Todd!
Let’s see what Patty thought of this movie:
An anxious intern working the night shift in Traumatics (Emergency) at Bellevue Hospital in New York City drops off an ambulance patient, blows off a request to speak with the Ward Nurse, and heads outside to smoke a cigarette and ponder life. That life is cut short by a gunshot to the head.
Inspector Gordon played by John Alexander has few leads to follow and decides to use his confidential squad placing two men inside the hospital as maintenance crew. Fred Rowan played by Richard Conte gets a special assignment. The detective has pre-med under his belt and experience as a medic during the war. The Hospital Board has consented, after rigorous questioning, for undercover intern “Fred Gilbert” to join the staff and investigate the conditions and the people surrounding the murdered doctor.
Fred is sharing rooms with Steve Anderson played by Alex Nicol. Steve has nothing good to say about the hospital, his situation, or Ward Nurse Ann Sebastian played by Coleen Gray. Steve is frustrated by the little pay and huge demands on time, intellect, and emotion that come with his career. He is frustrated by the fact that whether he stays in the hospital or elects for private practice, it will take years before he can marry his fiance nurse Kathy Hall played by Peggy Dow.
An odd character is “Doc” Ware played by Richard Taber. He runs the night elevator and has been a fixture at the hospital for years. “Doc” takes the youngsters under his wing, floating them loans and placing bets to help augment their meagre earnings. Is that all?
Fred is put through his paces as both an investigator and an intern. He must be constantly aware of his limitations in the medical field and not overstep his bounds without raising suspicion. Nonetheless, he becomes emotionally invested in his roommates’ problems and in the intriguing Nurse Sebastian. If not for Fred’s instincts and persistence, Steve Anderson’s tragic and unexpected murder would have been deemed a suicide. If not for his medical knowledge, a dangerous drug ring would exist unchallenged.
Universal Studios and director George Sherman’s crime picture/medical drama hybrid benefited greatly by unprecedented access to Bellevue. Filming in the location of their fictional story brought an immediacy to its telling and in the performances of the leading cast. The viewer tours the hospital from operating theatres to the cafeteria, from administrators to dorm rooms, from wards to rooftops. If the story were remade today, the diversity of the interns from gender to ethnicity would be reflective of our times. Techniques and equipment would be updated but patients would deal with pain in the same way, and doctors and nurses would face the same pressures and problems as those that came before them.