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Q: Lee J. Cobb's role as a washed-up doctor ( No Answer,   1 Comment )
Subject: Lee J. Cobb's role as a washed-up doctor
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Movies and Film
Asked by: drrichard-ga
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Posted: 28 Nov 2006 09:53 PST
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Question ID: 786230
In the mid-1960's, I first saw an old movie on TV, the title of which
I can't remember, in which LJ Cobb played the role of a washed-up
doctor, begging for money from a stranger, in India, I believe.  When
the stranger called him a bum,
Cobb replied and began to cry by saying, "BUM?  Johns Hopkins Medical
School, Chief of Surgery, etc., etc.", as he recalled his lamented
career and life.  The stranger was shocked to hear it all because he
was dirty, unshaven,
homeless and so far from home.

It was a very minor sequence of an old movie that pre-dated the time
and even television.  I have seen that same minor sequence of that
same old movie quite a few times over the years, but never the whole
film, which is why I can't
remember the title of it.  My now ex-wife was THE movie authority told
me that it could have been a different actor who you think was Lee J.
Cobb.  That's because actors are
occasionally mistaken for another by the viewer audience.  In other
words, viewers see a star and say it's "so-and-so" when it's really
isn't after all.  Hollywood knows how actors are credited for films
that aren't theirs, so it's been known for years.

I still believe it was LJ Cobb because the sound of his voice, his
looks and his cry is unmistakeable.  I compared the actor to known
roles of Cobb, such that of as Kramden in the old Flint Movies, who is
well-remembered for yelling, "Flint's alive!, Did ya hear that?,
FLINT'S ALIVE!, FLINT'S ALIVE!!!" and they matched perfectly, so I'm
still sure it was Cobb after all.

From 1999 to about 2001, we went through all the databanks, including
the IMDB, then on to movie historians and drove them all to drinking,
early retirement and suicide, but no luck.  We went up
to trying to contact his relatives, former co-stars and/or agents, but
stopped at that point.

I want to know how his role went in that old movie and how it ended. 
This is my advice:  Don't go through all the lesser-known sources of
research because we tried them for more than just
two years, including through historians and librarians, so go right up
to either contacting his relatives, etc. or sources that aren't open
to the public.

Request for Question Clarification by journalist-ga on 02 Dec 2006 15:32 PST
Greetings Dr. Richard,

While the following movie doesn't feature Lee J. Cobb, please see if
it could be the movie you recall.

Incident at Midnight
1964-UK-Crime Thriller

In this medical drama, a doctor loses his medical license after his
addiction to drugs is discovered. Trouble ensues when he sees an
ex-Nazi who is secretly leading the local drug ring. The police get
wind of the operation and destroy it. The Nazi is killed too.
Meanwhile the doctor overcomes his addiction and regains his license.
~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide

IMDB link

Best regards,
There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: Lee J. Cobb's role as a washed-up doctor
From: sublime1-ga on 28 Nov 2006 11:20 PST
Researchers should explore the discussions on these previous posts
of the same question:

I've never posted on this question before, but I did some research
on it at one point, for the simple reason that I saw the segment in
question at some point in my life, many years ago, so I know exactly
the scene referred to. It was a very memorable peformance, but I
don't remember anything else about the movie, and, in my very vague 
memory, I could just as easily substitute an image of George C. Scott.

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