Emergency Hospital

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Released 1956

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Director:
Lee Sholem
Released:
1956
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Emergency Hospital is a 1956 black and white drama set in Los Angeles' fictional Citizen's Hospital. Boldly departing from stereotype, Dr. Janet Carey (Margaret Lindsay) is a female physician in the hospital's emergency department during a single twelve-hour shift. Alongside Dr. Herb Ellis (John Archer), Janet treats patients including pregnant, suicidal Marie (Jan Englund)-driven to despair by her gambling husband Harry (Mark Lowell)-a gunshot-injured gangster and a drunken, child-abusing mother. Although it has an unsophisticated production style, Emergency Hospital moves at a brisk pace while tackling difficult social issues. In perhaps the most jarring part of the film, Carey treats teenage rape victim Miriam (Mayo Loizeaux) while struggling with mixed emotions about her boyfriend Ben Caldwell's (Byron Palmer) marriage proposal. In its array of medical cases and human tragedy, Citizen's mimics a modern metropolitan trauma center. Police Sgt. Paul Arnold (Walter Reed) rounds out the cast of prolific director Lee Sholem's film.
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    Drama

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    Classics, Medical