Playhouse 90

The Blackwell Story

Season 1, Ep 22, Aired 2/28/57
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  • Episode Description
  • A drama about the numerous obstacles faced by a young student who is intent on becoming the first woman doctor in the United States. Set in the late 1830's, the program examined her dedication, her love interests, and her efforts to modernize antiquated O.R. procedures which she feels are life-threatening.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Mel Barr

  • James Neilson

  • Lloyd C. Douglas

  • Eva Wolas

  • Gert Anderson

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Notes (1)

    • Based on the story THE FIRST WOMAN DOCTOR by Lloyd C. Douglas.

    Trivia (1)

    • Turned down by every university, Elizabeth gets accepted by New York State's Geneva College of Medicine, but only because the admissions people mistook "E. Blackwell" for a man. When the mistake was revealed, Elizabeth was very nearly sent packing until one member of the board of directors intervened on her behalf.

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