Ben Casey

Season 2 Episode 15

A Cardinal Act of Mercy (pt 1)

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Jan 14, 1963 on ABC
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A Cardinal Act of Mercy (pt 1)
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Casey tries to help a lawyer kick her morphine habit, but encounters resistance, lies and manipulation when she gets a guileless young man to smuggle dope into her hospital room. He is visiting his mother, who is in the hospital for treatment of injuries received in a beating.moreless

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  • Renowned stage and film actress portrays a lawyer who is a drug addict. She was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Emmy for this, although there is no doubt that she is the star. Nobody else even comes close to her talent.moreless

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    This was one of the finest performances I have ever seen on television. In her portrayal of a drug addict, Kim Stanley is devastatingly real, and it appears that she was drawing on her real life problems for the subtext, giving the character chilling truth. It wound up garnering her an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actress. However, when you see it, you will see that she is clearly the star, so incandescent her performance jumps off the screen. It\'s remarkably powerful, and I urge anyone who has not seen it to see if they ever have the opportunity. I don\'t understand why this wonderful performance is not yet available on VHS or DVD. It was one of the few (maybe the only?) 2 part Ben Casey episodes ever shown, kind of the beginning of the TV mini-series format.moreless
Kim Stanley

Kim Stanley

Faith Parsons

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Timmy Everett

Timmy Everett

Willie Morrison

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Glenda Farrell

Glenda Farrell

Martha Morrison

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