Popular medical show with Richard Boone a few years before he put on his guns and became Paladin in “Have Gun Will Travel.” The show has some very soapy and at times extremely cornball episodes. It’s theme, “Blue Star” became a big hit in 1961 for Philadelphia’s “Blue Notes.”
Typical episodes: “A Time To be Alive.”-Eleven year old David Stinson is a hemophelliac. He’s confined to bed after falling off his bike and injuring his knee. One day while trying to retrieve a toy, he gets out of bed and falls. His forearm is cut and he reinjures his knee. He’s taken to the hospital.
His parents and sister are there and a Doctor explains about the disease. Daughter Florie calls her boyfriend Jimmy to come over. She tells him she’s afraid for their future baby and then tells him to leave.
David was supposed to give the valedictorian speech to his grammer school class but won’t be able to. His teacher and some students come to the hospital and he gives it in his room. Jimmy shows up and he and Florie look to have a bright future. All in all the epsiode is a real squirm alert. Amzie Strickland has a bit part as David’s teacher Miss Walker.
“Dr.Impossible”-This episode tells the story of Dr.William Stewart Halstead. It opens in 1884. Halstead (Arthur Space) and three colleagues have just performed surgery. Halstead thinks there’s a better way to do anesthesia. He wants to try a new drug called cocaine.
He experiments on himself and it works. His colleagues also get into it. Now it’s January 1885. His friend Dr. Welch (Wendell Holmes) discovers him sitting in the operating room depressed and tired. His colleagues feel the same way on weekends and can’t wait until Monday to get back to work. Halstead now realizes coke is addictive and they’re all addicts. The four go their separate ways and disappear.
1887. Halstead goes to the house of his former intern, David Morgan, to see how he’s doing. Morgan’s mother tells him her son overdosed two years ago. Halstead returns to the hospital and Dr. Welch. Welch has accepted a position as the new Johns Hopkins Center. He asks Halstead to stay with him. He does and Welch starts weaning him off cocaine. He warns that the withdrawls will be bad….real bad. They are. The brief withdrawl scenes could have been overacted but Space does a good job.
September 1887. Halstead gets a job at Johns Hopkins. He goes on to invent new surgical techniques and is the first to design and use rubber gloves in surgery and silk sutures.
This was a good episode. Very well done. Character actor Arthur Space had a forty year career in movies and TV.