Cinema: The Mosquito God

The Spiral Road, metaphorically, leads to God. If filmgoers find themselves slightly agape to discover Rock Hudson traveling this road, they will be no more taken aback than the character Rock plays, an aggressive, self-centered young doctor out from The Netherlands for a five-year tour of duty in the tropical Dutch East Indies.

Dr. Anton Drager (Rock Hudson) worships his own ego, and he has a cool contempt for anyone who does not do the same. He intends to pick the brains of a rumpled Rabelaisian master of tropical medicine named Brits Jansen (Burl Ives), and trade the findings for fame and...

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