I am writing this too late for my own good and it’s about hospitals which was a theme I suggested and Wandering Through The Shelves chose. Let’s get to it....
1. THE SNAKE PIT-1948
This film stars Olivia DeHavilland as a young lady with mental problems( I hate the word mental as I think of it as a brain disorder) who has no idea who her husband is nor how she got to be in the psychiatric hospital. We see her slowly come to realize her issues with the help of electroshock therapy but when a nasty nurse gets the patient to erupt, she ends up on a ward called "the snake pit” which are for patients who will never get better. This is actually very well acted by DeHavilland plus Celeste Holm and Ruth Donnelly. DeHavilland took her role very seriously and would visit many hospitals plus lectures to understand the psyche. Today, the way she is being “cured” is out-dated, thankfully, and so is the strong belief in Freudian psychosis. It is worth checking out for sure.
This take place in 1951 during the Korean War, at a mobile surgical hospital located about 3 miles from the front. The famous TV Show has eclipsed this film and I do love the iconic TV Show that still holds the record for the most viewers for the season finale. I watch the tv show every chance I get and love all the characters but this tv Show is based on this sarcastic film that is wicked in so many ways and could not be made today in our PC world. Hawkeye Pierce comes to this hospital and meets Trapper John where they soon bring on many hijinks to the detriment of upstart Major Frank Burns and Major Margaret Houlihan. These 2 believe in strict order and discipline unlike Hawkeye and Trapper. Burns and Houlihan find themselves loving each other all over with Burns calling her Hotlips unbeknownst that their lovemaking is being broadcast throughout the unit. This is so funny, sad, and taking the PC society right on its head like the oncoming “suicide” of the dentist filming it like the Last Supper. I love this movie.
3. THE HOSPITAL-1971
I have not seen this in decades but it left an impression on me because it shows a hospital closer to what it really is than the self-sacrificing doctors who will do all they can to not only save your life but make sure you, the patient, get the best treatment above JFK..If he were alive. Today, nurses are shown as all Florence Nightingales with some a bit ornery but always with the best love for the patients. Now, don't get me wrong, there are many out there that are decent, but I have met my share of a-hole doctors and nurse Ratchids. This film makes biting fun of these types that, I think, we have all met. Paddy Cheyefsky wrote the film, narrates it and had control over it..rare in itself. George C Scott plays the head doctor of this falling down hospital who left his wife, kids can't stand him and he can't get it up..poor guy. On top of it all, a couple of nurses and a doctor have been killed...what is he to do. If you ever get to see it, see it as it is a biting satire on what I have seen for real.
Which hospital movies come to your mind? You know...I still have to see a Dr. Kildare movie or even the tv show with heartthrob Richard Chamberlain.