Cinema: The New Pictures, Jul. 4, 1955

Not As a Stranger (Stanley Kramer; United Artists) is a film about doctors that runs for 135 minutes—a sort of Medic in flowing hospital gown. Based on Morton Thompson's bestselling novel, the film casts Robert Mitchum as the poor but insufferably high-principled hero who, nevertheless, is canny enough to marry a Swedish nurse (Olivia de Havilland) and use her nest egg to pay his tuition. So long as Stranger stays close to the subject of medicine, it gives off a crisp, documentary flavor in relating the macabre humors of medical students and touching on such taboos as the "quota" system in...

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