George C. Scott

A lot of people remember him from Patton and Dr. Strangelove, but in 1971 he played a doctor in this Paddy Chayefsky black comedy about a dysfunctional Manhattan hospital.  The film is a bit heavy handed, talky and pretentious, but it probably didn’t seem that way at the time.  In any case, at this point it’s an obscure period piece.

Even so, “The Hospital” is a reminder that the legal system has no monopoly on dysfunction, as well as a reminder of the great and unique acting talent that was George C. Scott:

 

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