Cinema: D.O.A.

THE HOSPITAL

Directed by ARTHUR HILLER

Screenplay by PADDY CHAYEFSKY

SUCH GOOD FRIENDS

Directed by OTTO PREMINGER

Screenplay by ESTHER DALE

Doctors are butchers. Hospitals are abattoirs. Patients are lucky to get away with their lives, never mind their good health. These are more or less the notions behind these two films, both of which purport to be comedies. The medical profession is eminently ripe for a good dissection, but the satire is laid on here with all the clumsiness of an intern at his first operation.

The Hospital shares little but garrulousness with the kind of Bronx...

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