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James Coburn brashes out the truth as he plays breezy and brilliant pathologist Peter Carey, confronting hypocrisy and murder in a Boston hospital. Directed by Blake Edwards and adapted from an early novel by Michael Crichton (writing under a pseudonym), The Carey Treatment is an existential murder mystery with a pathologist standing in for the P.I. Peter Carey accepts a staff position at a staid Boston hospital, under the direction of Dr. J.D. Randall (Dan O'Herlihy). When Dr. Randall's daughter Karen dies following an illegal abortion, Carey's colleague David Tao (prolific character great James Hong) is accused of the crime and Carey sets out to prove his innocence. Along the way, Carey finds time to romance Boston beauty Georgia Hightower (Jennifer O'Neill), chase red herrings down blind alleys of comic satire and confront "The Establishment".
Not great, not even good, but I like it...
I saw this at the local movie house when I was ten. For some reason I've had fond memories of it all these years, and when I saw it on TCM a couple of years back, I was determined to find a copy. It's dated, it's sexist, it's cliched, but it evokes a bygone era the way MAD MEN does and it passes the time pleasantly, if not memorably. The locomotive pulling this routine thriller is the charisma, charm, and likability of James Coburn. If you're a fan of his you'll enjoy this lightweight diversion. Trivia: it's based on Michael Chricton's first novel, published as A CASE OF NEED and written under an alias. In those days doctors were not allowed to publish fiction (at least where he was practicing medicine). The novel won an award, and he was outed and censured, but if you look at the way his career turned out, he did all right all things considered..