Captain Newman, M.D.

Synopsis: In 1944, Capt. Josiah J. Newman is the doctor in charge of Ward 7, the neuropsychiatric ward, at an Army Air Corps hospital in Arizona. The hospital is under-resourced and Newman scrounges what he needs with the help of his inventive staff, especially Cpl. Jake Leibowitz. The military in general is only just coming to accept psychiatric disorders as legitimate and Newman generally has 6 weeks to cure them or send them on to another facility. There are many patients in the ward and his latest include Colonel Norville Bliss who has dissociated from his past; Capt. Paul Winston who is nearly catatonic after spending 13 months hiding in a cellar behind enemy lines; and 20 year-old Cpl. Jim Tompkins who is severely traumatized after his aircraft was shot down. Others come and go, including Italian prisoners of war, but Newman and team all realize that their success means the men will return to their units and combat.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Director(s): David Miller
Production: MCA Universal Home Video
  Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 7 nominations.
126 min

a permanent hospital.

And every time

I hold a man over,

all hell breaks loose.

Excuse me, Captain.

What do you say, Blodgett?

Time for morning rounds.

Well, all right.


You ever been inside

of a psychiatric ward?

Well, no...

Come on. You're invited.

Hey, Doc.

A new man checked in

around 9:
30 this morning.


No, he's not a patient.

He's a hospital orderly.

What? Where?

Well, right now

he's on his way to

administration to report in.

He's scheduled for Ward 4.

A mere detail.

Now look,

you promise him girls,

furloughs, anything.

Wrap him in cotton wool

and deliver him to my office.


We had to put

Miller in wet packs.

That major in 4G

became pretty violent

around 4:
00 p.m.

And Wilkinson made that

phone call to his father.

If you're a member

of the club,

it means sodium

pentothal treatment.


Excuse me.


Captain Newman.

This report of yours

on Colonel Bliss,

that the only basis

you have for grounding him?

Yes, sir.

Because of a

trivial incident at the

Officers' Club last night?

Well, I don't recall

using the word "trivial"

anywhere in there, Colonel.


Come now, Newman.

He chewed out

a second lieutenant

for spilling his drink.

So what? He apologized

to him a moment later,

didn't he?

Yes, sir.

And he apologized again

and again and again,

until the lieutenant,

in sheer embarrassment,

had to leave the place.

His behavior was

out of proportion,

to my mind...

I know, I know.

Symptomatic of

mental disturbance.

Quote, unquote.

You're bound and determined

to get Colonel Bliss

into that Sunnybrook Farm

of yours, aren't you?

Well, you're not.

Because he doesn't belong

with your prize collection

of oddballs,


and yellow-bellies

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Richard L. Breen

Richard L. Breen (June 26, 1918 – February 1, 1967) was a Hollywood screenwriter and director. more…

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