The Psychiatrist

Season 1 Episode 5

The Longer Trail

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Feb 24, 1971 on NBC
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Reni Santoni guest stars as an American Indian suffering from impotence. Jill Haworth is his lovely wife. Jay Silverheels (Tonto) plays an Indian medicine man. Dr. Whitman tries to overcome tribal prejudices to get the medicine man to help Santoni. The resulting healing ceremony proves as harrowing to Dr. Whitman as it is to Santoni and Haworth. Episode director Douglas Day Stewart would later write "An Officer and a Gentleman" and "The Boy in the Plastic Bubble". Episode writer Charles Israel had written "The Mark" which was made into a movie in 1961. In "The Mark", a down to earth psychiatrist ( Rod Steiger) tries to help a sexually troubled man (Stuart Whitman in an Oscar nominated performance) reenter society after a stay in prison. Series creators Richard Levinson and William Link may have taken the last name of their hero psychiatrist Dr. James Whitman from one of the stars of "The Mark".moreless

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