Something the Lord Made

Synopsis: Alfred Blalock (1899-1964), a cardiologist (therefore, self-confident to the point of arrogance), leaves Vanderbilt for Johns Hopkins taking with him his lab technician, Vivien Thomas (1910-1985). Thomas, an African-American without a college degree, is a gifted mechanic and tool-maker with hands splendidly adept at surgery. In 1941, Blalock and Thomas take on the challenge of blue babies and invent bypass surgery. After trials on dogs, their first patient is baby Eileen, sure to die without the surgery. In defiance of custom and Jim Crow, Blalock brings Thomas into the surgery to advise him, but when Life Magazine and kudos come, Thomas is excluded. Will he receive his due?
Genre: Biography, Drama
Director(s): Joseph Sargent
Production: HBO Video
  Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 17 wins & 30 nominations.
110 min

you told me a hundred times.

My grandfather was a piece of property.

No better than that chair or table over there.

His son became a free man at the age of 15.

He raised me

with hardly an elementary school education.

Now l see my son graduate college

and go on to teach school.

So don't tell me

things don't get better over time.

Things don't just get better.

People got to change things, Pop,

make them better.

lf l don't do something now,

l'll be a dead man...

before l get paid like white teachers do.

Vivien, you know l'm right about this.

All right, now, Harold, just hold your head.

l got reading to do.

To anesthetize Brutus,

first we have to calculate the weight.

He weighs 18.4 kilograms.

And it should take

552 milligrams of sodium barbital...

to anesthetize him for three hours

if the absorption rate is uniform.

Dogs? What kind of doctor is he?

Dogs? What kind of doctor is he?

When you practice on dogs,

and then you can help heal people.

-Gives me the willies.

-lt's not that bad.

l mean, you look inside,

you see all the colors...

all the pinks and blues, reds.

lt's beautiful, Clara.

That's where life comes from.

What's this?

What's this?

Open up.

Excuse me, sir. What's going on here?

The bank is closed.



Open up.

-Open this door!

-Somebody got to see somebody in there.

Open up, it's 10:00. l got to get to work.

Let's go, Vivien, we'll come back later.

No, Clara, something's wrong.

lt can't be closed.

Excuse me.

Excuse me, sir. Hello.

Get away from that window, we're closed.

But l have my money in there.

-l need to get my money out.

-l can't get your money back for you.

-Why not? Tell me why not.

-Go on home, son. The bank has failed.

Sir, that's all my savings.

l had my money for school in there.

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Peter Silverman

Peter Guy Silverman, is a Canadian broadcast journalist based in Toronto, Ontario. His television journalism career began in 1974 as a reporter for Global Television Network's first years. In 1981, he moved to Citytv where he became a reporter for that station's CityPulse news program (now known as CityNews). He was host of Silverman Helps, an ombudsman-type feature for consumers that began in 1989, and ended on 4 June 2008 when he was dismissed without cause by Citytv's owner, Rogers Media. On September 2008, Silverman joined Toronto radio station CFRB to host a Saturday morning radio show called The Peter Silverman Show. He graduated from Sir George Williams University, one of Concordia University’s founding institutions, with a BA in 1953. more…

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