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The Carey Treatment (1972)

At a Boston hospital, Dr. Carey becomes an amateur sleuth to help clear a colleague who's accused of botching an illegal abortion that kills a 15 year old girl.

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Dr. Peter Carey
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Georgia Hightower
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Capt. Pearson
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Nurse Angela Holder
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Evelyn Randall
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Chief Surgeon Andrew Murphy
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J.D. Randall
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David Tao
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Dr. Joshua Randall
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Roger Hudson
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Sanderson the Pathologist
Steve Carlson ...
Walding
Rosemary Edelman ...
Janet Tao
Jennifer Edwards ...
Lydia Barrett
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Dr. Peter Carey is a pathologist at a Boston hospital. The daughter of the hospital's Chief of Staff dies after an illegal abortion goes wrong, and Carey's friend and colleague Dr. David Tao is accused of performing the abortion. Carey doesn't buy it, and so he digs deeper, angering the girl's father in the process. Questions abound: Who performed the abortion? Was the girl really pregnant? And what does it have to do with stolen morphine, blackmail attempts, and a mysterious and dangerous masseur? Written by reservoirdog909

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Peter Carey M.D.: arrives from the coast - finds hypocrisy in a big Boston hospital - and a brilliant surgeon accused of abortion that turns to murder. See more »


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2 July 1972 (UK)  »

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Blake Edwards disowned the final film due to constant studio interference. He originally planned to leave the project during production but after MGM threatened to destroy his career, he finished filming and quit the day production ended. See more »

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When Carey jumps the bridge and drives through gate, the front headlights can be seen breaking and the there are several dents in the car. When Carey drops off Karen the car looks fine. See more »

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J.D. Randall: That's vandalism, doctor.
Dr. Peter Carey: No, that's integrity.
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Referenced in Hammer (1972) See more »

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Pathologist/Sleuth
27 September 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

MGM gave a very stylish treatment to Michael Crichton's novel The Carey Treatment and provided James Coburn with one of his career roles as a pathologist/sleuth.

Coburn has good reason to turn amateur detective in his new hospital in Boston. His friend and colleague James Hong has been accused of murder and of performing illegal abortions. In super Catholic Boston in 1972 that was the worst kind of charge you can make.

Not only that the deceased is Melissa Torme-March the 15 year old daughter of the hospital head Dan O'Herlihy. O'Herlihy is head of a family where everyone goes into or is expected to go into medicine. His daughter was thought to go to Hong for an illegal abortion which was botched. Remember this was before Roe vs. Wade and there were all kinds of back alley abortion providers. Hong tells us he's feeling that women should control their own bodies and charges only lab fees. Others make big money off it, including some of the deceased's own family members. All hush hush and quite hypocritical, but those were the times.

Coburn's training as a pathologist makes him suspect that the young woman wasn't even pregnant, but there were some thefts of narcotics at the hospital that the police are also interested in.

Director Blake Edwards did well by his ensemble cast. For a doctor Coburn is hip and groovy as the times and pretty ruthless in pursuit of justice for his friend. Getting a career performance was Michael Blodgett who normally played beautiful surfer types, here he's one murderess masseuse. Skye Aubrey does well as a drug addicted nurse.

After forty years The Carey Treatment holds up well and is a painful reminder that women need access to safe and legal abortions as well as a fine medical murder mystery.


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