The David Craig Institute for New Medicine started paving the way to that greater tomorrow for all of us as one of 3 rotating components on NBC’s series The Bold Ones, which followed Bonanza on Sunday nights, from September 1969 to August 1972. When the series moved to Tuesday nights in September of ’72 for its fourth and final season, the medical doctors have been the only ones left.
The Bold Ones: The New Doctors: The Total Series collects all forty-four original episodes, making the long-mothballed healthcare drama ready for home calls, at long last.
Now if you can just take your eyes off the whirring, beeping machinery for a moment, I’d like to introduce Dr. Craig’s appropriate-hand males: Chief of Surgery Dr. Ted Stuart (John Saxon, Queen of Blood), and Chief of Medicine Dr. Paul Hunter (David Hartman, The Virginian).
Functioning alone and in teams, this triumvirate requires on a whopping quantity of challenges: individual, skilled, and political—a great portion of keeping the multi-million dollar institute operating includes acquiring investment grants and keeping a board of trustees satisfied.
I will admit that I thought I’d be carrying out lots of giggling, when the 1st “bold healthcare breakthroughs” included such old sawhorses as vein grafts for coronary bypass surgery and Amniocentesis—they even manage to treat a healthcare problem on board an Apollo mission to the moon! But I was even happier to uncover that the writing and execution of these procedural installments had been of such a superior level that almost fifty years on, these stories still resonate. Confident, there is the occasionally corny improvement, and the odd wooden performance—an occupational hazard when utilizing youngster actors—but the New Medical doctors actually had been on the frontier of some tips that still prove troublesome for several Neanderthals, like: treating drug addicts as folks with a illness, rather than as societal difficulties to be punished and eventually, put away.
Of course, veteran television shows are like crack cocaine for avid guest star-spotters like myself. Amongst the constellations, you are going to see: Pat Hingle (Invitation to a Gunfighter), Della Reese (Touched By An Angel), Stefanie Powers (Hart To Hart), Richard Basehart (Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea), Katey Sagal (Sons Of Anarchy), William Shatner (The Practice), Jane Wyman (All That Heaven Permits), Lloyd Nolan (It Happened In Flatbush), Jo Ann Harris (The Beguiled), Don Johnson (Cold In July), Carl Reiner (The Dick Van Dyke Show), the original “Mr. Television,” Milton Berle himself, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
There’s even an honest-to-God, megawatt celebrity behind the camera for one episode, referred to as “In Dreams They Run.” And it is 1 you’d by no means figure on—Jerry Lewis (The Nutty Professor). The story, which focuses on Muscular dystrophy, was obviously close to the director’s heart, and his deft handling of the multi-leveled narrative will remind you that this man was when a visionary pioneer in his field. It is a truly heartbreaking tale, and one of the set’s highlights.
Season four brought a significant cast alter: Saxon exited the program, and Robert Walden (Lou Grant) signed on as Dr. Martin Cohen, a shaggy-haired and mustachioed intern that brings a bit of Borscht Belt humor to the ER. Dr. Cohen does endure a fiery baptism of sorts in “A Very Strange Triangle,” when he vows to win the heart of a gorgeous nurse (Donna Mills, Play Misty For Me), only to discover himself unable to overcome an unforeseen obstacle: her lesbian lover (Hildy Brooks, Consuming). Yes, the episode’s uncomfortable—would it genuinely be efficient otherwise?—but preserve in mind that it was broadcast before homosexuality was declassified as a mental disorder by the American Psychiatric Association, and the progressive considering exhibited right here becomes twice as astounding.
Now for the techs: Each and every in this nine disc set has a “these episodes had been mastered from the ideal offered sources” disclaimer, and even though I haven’t gotten via each 1 however, I can say from the several I did watch, that this is not only the ideal hunting Bold Ones set of them all, but for some negligible color depreciation and some very occasional blips, this is a pretty darned very good searching set of full frame transfers, period. The Dolby Digital two. Mono track isn’t negative, either, though I did some technical corrections of my personal with the volume button, and those absent English subtitles have been sorely missed by my poor, battered ears.
Are there any extras? The folks at Timeless Media Group say yes, but I do not. The final episode of the set is “5 Days In The Death Of Sgt. Brown (Element Two),” listed as “an Ironside Crossover episode,” but I beg to differ. True, component 1 of the story—originally broadcast on September 14, 1972—was certainly the sixth season premiere of the well-liked detective series, but the second portion, which ran five days later, served as the official fourth season premiere of The Bold Ones (Ironside star Raymond Burr’s Harbour Productions produced both series and each ran on NBC, so this was a family cooperative maneuver, so to speak).My difficulty with the presentation is two-fold: not only is this “Particular Feature” really a series episode getting run out of order, it really is only half the story! Why?
Being fully conscious of the futility that results from trying to figure out such marketing and advertising moves, I’ve decided to leave this kerfuffle in the “agree to disagree” file. That mentioned, I am delighted to report that The Bold Ones: The New Doctors: The Comprehensive Series represents crucial viewing for certified tv history buffs.