The Great Impostor (1960) - full transcript

Based on a true story, a bright young man who hasn't the patience for the normal way of advancement finds that people rarely question you if your papers are in order. He becomes a marine, a monk, a surgeon onboard a Canadian Warship, and a prison warden. - stop by if you're interested in the nutritional composition of food

Here goes! Catch!

That's it!

Block him!


Better take the children inside.

But why? Recess isn't over.

Please, do as I tell you.

Come on, children,
let's go in now.

I have a feeling, gentlemen,

I can be of some help.

Are you Martin Goddard?

- Yes, I am.
- And your real name

is ferdinand Waldo demara Jr.”

Yes, it is.

Alias Dr. mornay,

alias brother Joseph Jerome...

That... that's enough.

That's quite a list you've got.

It's very impressive.

Uh, I don't think
those will be necessary.

Anything you want in there?

Yes, but nothing
I can take with me.

You know what day this is?

Saint Valentine's day.

Do you think the people
on the island

would spend one dollar

to decorate the school, huh?


Shall we go?

Come on demara, let's get below.

It's cold out here.

You know something?
I think you're afraid

I can see the headlines now!

"Full fathom five,

the phony faker lies."

I would never do that,
you know why?

It would make me
look ridiculous.

I'd never like that.

Inside, Fred.



Watch your step.

Watch it.


Oh, that's very, very nice.

Yes, my compliments
to the captain.

This will do fine.

Mind sitting down?

Not at all.

Oh, please, now. I...

That really isn't necessary.

I mean, where could I go
if I wanted to?

Do you have the key?

Well, in case it sinks,

I won't... forget it.

Thank you.

My best.

This is the nuttiest arrest
I've ever made.

How do you account for the guy?


Mr. demara!

- Late, Mr. demara?
- Yes, father, but...

The sixth grade is receiving

their diphtheria shots
this morning.

Weren't you told to be
a half hour earlier today?

Yes, father,
but I have an excuse.

I know. I know.

Ample, as usual, I'm sure.

- I really do!
- Is this it?


All this candy?

I bought a box for everyone
in the class.

- It's a celebration!
- Fred...

Oh, I can tell you. You'll be
the first to know, anyhow.

Pa's getting
his movie houses back!

The whole chain!
All four of them!

You see, the man
who took them over...

Well, they need pa.

They want him back now

to manage the whole thing!

Isn't that great?

Are you sure about this, Fred?

Well, they called him
on the phone last night!

He's in their office, right now,

in conference.

Uh, may I go now, father?

They need me in there.

Yes, yes. You may do.

Hello, doctor.

Good morning, sister.


Here, Elsie. This should help.

Oh, I should have come earlier.

I bet nobody
would have cried then.

Hey rog, pass them down.

Oh, you can go ahead now,

They won't feel it now.

Well, thank you.

I decided to read up
on these shots, last night,

before I got mine.

Oh, ow!

Here, John.

Dr. p.P.E. Roux
was the first man

to discover anti-toxin

for diphtheria.

Did you know that?

He was a great biologist,
Dr. roux.

Not as great as pasteur,

or Dr. elrich.

- Did you know that?
- Uh, just a moment.

I'll take you next, Mr. demara.

Roll up your sleeve.

They actually had an anti-toxin

20 years before.

Did you know that?

But they didn't use it
right away,

isn't that crazy?

They just didn't know
what to do with it.

Well, don't you worry, Fred.

I know exactly
what to do with it!



where's pa?

Did you buy 22 boxes of candy

from Mrs. pakula today?


And charged them?

And told Mrs. pakula

that we were going to reopen

all our old charge accounts

at all the stores soon?

Yes, ma.

Where's pa?

Freddie, come back here.

Where did you get those shoes?

Did you charge those, too?

How much? Who's going
to pay for them?

They're paid for, Mary.

I bought them for him last week.

Well, he hated
those work shoes so.

What's wrong?

Everything went all right,
didn't it?

Tell him.

You've filled his head
with dreams

and foolishness.

Now tell him the truth for once.

Mrs. demara, please.

Tell him.

They offered...

All they offered me, son,
was a job.

Not the chain.

A job as a projectionist.

You didn't take it, did you?

I had to, son.

Can't you see that?


Pa, it doesn't matter.

We'll go back.

Someday we'll go back
to our home.

Pa, we will, won't we?

Answer him.

Please, tell him the truth!

No, son.

We're never going back.


You know the...

The most difficult part
of growing up

is learning to be realistic.

To understand that
we just don't always get

what we want out of life.

Whether we like it or not,

sometimes we have to settle
for less.

And that's just what
your father's had to do.


Why what, son?

Why does my father
have to settle for less?

Why does anybody have to?

Well, because it's a fact, son.

It's a hard fact of life.

I'm one of those people
like your father

who had to settle for less.

That's right. When I was
just about your age,

I wanted to be a trappist monk.

I don't know why I wanted it.

I think I told myself
there is the toughest,

the strictest order
in the church.

Try that.

I entered a trappist monastery,

and I lasted two years,

but I just didn't have
what it takes.

So I ended up doing
what I'm doing today,

being a parish priest.

It's god's work

and it's good work,

but it's not being a trappist.

Certainly isn't what
I dreamed of.

But if you wanted it bad enough,

you could've stayed.

You should've stayed.

Oh, come on!

What I'm trying
to tell you is that

I couldn't be
what I wanted to be

and I had to face that fact!

Now you can't go on living
in dreams!

You just can't, Fred!

Now or when you grow up!

It's not dreams!

Ah, look.

My pa, he's not gonna be
in that job forever.

He's just not!

You're not only a dreamer, Fred,

but you're a bad listener.

I think you and I are gonna have

to have more talks.

A lot more.

Sooner or later, Fred,

you're gonna have to...

Face facts!

You've got to face facts,

This board cannot approve
your application

for officers candidate school!

I'm sorry, that's it demara.

Uh, but sir, didn't I pass
the written exams?

You know you passed, demaral

your marks happen to be
the highest of the 400 men

who took the test!

Then why didn't I qualify?

Because it says right here,

in your handwriting
on your application

that you had only two years
of high school.

Sir, I quit school
because it was too slow

and I could learn faster
on my own!

Sir, I tell you what,
why don't you test me?

Test me on anything you like!

On tactics, strategy...


Nobody is denying your zeal
or your talent,

but you've read the regulations!

Minimum requirement
ocs applicants,

high school diploma,

one each, that's it!


We have to obey them, so do you.

Just face that one simple fact.


But sir, uh...


Private demara reporting, ma'am.

That'll be all
for tonight, lorrie.

We'll get to it the first thing
in the morning.

Fred, I'm sorry.

It's as simple as that.

Whose side are you on, anyway?

Yours and you know it,

but there are rules
and regulations.

Now, look.


You know I'd make
a good officer.

- Uh-hmm.
- I know I'd make a good officer,

and they know it.

Face facts, soldier!

Well here's a fact,
major tirdell!

Most of the guys
I took the test with

were college graduates
with strings of degrees

after their names
and I beat them!

I beat them alll

I tell you, Cindy, it just
doesn't make sense to me!

- No sense at all!
- I know.

It isn't fair,
and I know better than anyone!

Look at these,

college catalogues.

Do you know they've got me
writing away,

begging them to accept
direct commissions,

just because they have

two little letters

after their name.


Edward j. Barrier, b.S.,

John w. Newcross, a.B., m.A.,

Lloyd Gilbert...

Robert Lloyd Gilbert,

a.b., m.A., ph.D., ll.D.,

research fellowship at Yale.

They're gonna make him
a general,

at least a general!


Fred demara,
reporting for duty, sir.

A.b., m.A., ph.D., ll.D.,

research fellowship at Yale.

Demara, we've just looked over
your qualifications

and we've decided
to make you a general.

A general? I don't deserve it.

Yes, you do, because
you're a remarkable man,

and on top of everything else,
we're gonna send you

- to the Pentagon.
- The Pentagon?

I don't deserve the Pentagon!

Yes, you dol!


rules and regulations!

You're not allowed to molest
enlisted personnel,

but with you
I'll make an exception.

You want to know something?


I'm still gonna become
an officer.

You wait and see, sir.

- Alberts!
- Herel

- bledsoe!
- Herel

- Burke!
- Here!

- Cameron!
- Here!

- Clark!
- Herel

- Collins!
- Herel

demara! I


demara, f.W.!

Demara f.W.,

a.b., m.A., ph.D.,

research fellow at Yale.

Only wonder to me demara,

is how one of the other services

didn't grab you first.

They tried to sir,

but I wanted to be a marine.

We most certainly want you.

Thank you, sir.

With your qualifications,

I see no purpose
in officers candidate school.

This board will recommend
an immediate

direct commission.

Thank you, sir.

The rest is routine.

Running your paperwork
through channels,

the normal security check,

usually takes a few weeks.

- Oh, you have to check, sir?
- Merely routine.

When your papers
go to Washington,

they're processed automatically

by the f.B.I.

The f.B.I.?


You will be notified, demara.


Yes, sir!

Excuse me.

Fred w. Demara,

may he rest in peace!

My only regret, he's got only

two or three lives
to give to his country.

Halt! Who goes there?


"I hereby confess

I entered
the marine corps illegally

after I went awol from the army.

My usefulness to my country

is forever over.

I can't face the disgrace.

This is the only way out.

"F.w. Demara."

Leaving on track three,

west point,







and Albany.

Excuse me,
can you tell me the name

- of your order?
- We're the holy cross.

Oh, the holy cross.

Wonderful, yes.

Well, uh, thank you again.

You're more than welcome.

Robert Lloyd Gilbert, ph.D.

Research fellow at Yale.

Does Dr. Gilbert
have an appointment?

Uh, no, your eminence.

A courtesy call.

He's just passing
through the city.

Well, show him in, monsignor.

Dr. Gilbert.

Thank you.

- Your eminence.
- Dr. Gilbert.

I must say, doctor,

your scholarly attainments,

I hardly expected, uh...

A marine private?

A youngish marine private
at that?


Both most surprising.

Uh, will you sit down?

Thank you.

Uh, I'm here,
your eminence, to steal,

so to speak,
a little of your time,

a little of your advice.

If I can be
of any assistance, doctor,

you're most welcome.

Thank you.

Um, your eminence,

I'm not a catholic,

but I've long admired
your church

and scholars like yourself.

I've read several pieces
that you've done.

Papers, monographs,

- Have you, doctor?
- I've both enjoyed them

and have been instructed.

Thank you.

What particular piece
did you read?

Uh, for the most part,

the manichean heresy.

- Oh.
- Yes.

During my researches at Yale,

I became interested in it,

and to my delight I found
it was a scholarly

pursuit of yours.

Uh, do you mind very much
if I smoke?

- Please do.
- Thank you very much.


No. Thank you.

I prefer cigars.

Why, thank you.


Genuine Cuban, doctor.

- Atchay oopman.
- Hmm.

A little indulgence,
I permit myself.

No, no.

Hmm. Madera, sun-grown wrapper.

This shade-grown stuff.

You were saying, doctor...

The manichean heresy.

Oh, yes.

Um, you see, your eminence,

I've come to the conclusion

that manichaeism
is still with us,

15 centuries later,

gone underground, so to speak,

in our material world,

but still with us,


You're right.

It may have done just that.

I have a few books

arguing that very point.

I'd love to see them.

You've possibly yourself

have come across them

in the course of your studies.


Now let me see.

I'm sure they're here somewhere.

I remember
putting them away myself.

It's strange the way things

are always disappearing
around here.

Ah, here it is!

This is marvelous.


It's not often we get a ph.D.

Seeking entrance into our order.

And these letters
of recommendation

that preceded you, doctor,

most laudatory.

Especially this one

from cardinal mullany.

That's a forgery, Abbot.

Only in the sense that the good

and generous cardinal

forged compliments far beyond

my actual accomplishments.

Everything else
seems to be in order.

Honorable discharge
from the marines,

also a forgery, I presume?

Uh, you'd be surprised
how easily

they can be procured.

Yes, black marketeers sell them

to prospective a-w... l's

in and about all
the, uh, military bases.

I can believe you.

It's a sorry world.

That's why I'm here, Abbot,

to give up that world

and start my life
as a contemplative.

Uh, I've learned
that I'm no soldier

and I find that the world
and its wars

are futile and inhuman.

We're almost as inhuman here,

but for a different purpose.

Do you know what it entails
to be one of us?

I've read a bit, sir.

Ours is an order
of strict observance.

We never touch meat,
eggs, or fish.

We arise at 2:00 am
in the black of night

to a day of contemplation,

prayer and hard labor.

The meals, though meager,

are enough to sustain a man.

Most difficult is
that all these privations

must be endured in silence.

You will find, doctor,
that the need to talk

becomes an obsession

far greater than food,

sleep, or privacy.

I can believe that, father.

I admit to being quite
a conversationalist.

We have also
a chapter of faults,

wherein we publicly confess

our secret failures,

sins, transgressions.

Until you are baptized
in your new faith,

you will be confined

to visitor's quarters.

After that you will enter

a novitiate of two years.

At the end of those two years,

your superiors will tell you

whether or not they feel

you have a genuine vocation.

Brother John will show you
to your quarters.

God's grace go with you.

I accuse myself of stealing.

Whenever I'm on kitchen duty,

I steal crusts of bread

from the plates
of my brother monks.

Worst of all,

during the hours
of contemplation

I find myself dreaming of...






and how much I miss them.

That's all father.

Mea culpa, mea culpa,

mea maxima culpa.

Chesterton said it first,

"nothing succeeds like failure."

And if you think hard on it,

he has something there.

Actually, there's
very little any of us

learn from success.

But there is merit in failure,

if we use it.

I didn't want to fail.

I tried hard.

I really did.

Yes, you did. And you did well.

But as we agreed,

few are cut out
for the silent life.

There are so many ways to serve.

Goodbye, Abbot.

Good luck and god go with you.

Thank you.


- Hi.
- Hi.

Could I have a lift?

Climb in, feller.

Um, oh,

what you got back there?



Yeah. Fertilizer.

Always room for more.

Always room for more.

Boy, I like that stuff.

Poor boys.

Can't even have a drink.

You was one of them?

Uh, yes. I was.


Here take a pull on this.

Mountain dew.

Uh, no. Thank you.

Can't hurt you none, boy.

It's home-made.

And good for what ails you.

Here. Watch me.

Here. Take the cork, huh.
Take it.

Oh, thanks.

Ah! Ahhh!

That sure makes a man
feel right with the world.

Go on, you want
to feel better, don't you?

Try a sip.

Go on. Go on.

It's good for you.

All right. Thank you.


See, I told you.

Feel better already, I bet.
Don't you?

- Yeah.
- See? I know you would.

Hey, take another swig now

and join the world.

It's your coming out party.


- You made this yourself?
- Uh-hmm.

Medicine, medicine.

Been slow-sippin' the stuff
my whole life.

Quart a day.

Never felt a ripple.

Never a ripple.


It doesn't smell so bad anymore.


Hey, boy! Boy!

We got company!

State police!

I love your truck.

Boy, I think you're drunk!

- Nah.
- I said I'm about to drive!

Give me that wheel!

- Give me that wheel!
- Look out! There's a car.


- Good morning.
- Good morning.

- Everything all right?
- Just fine!

Had a marvelous night.
Thank you.

You eatin' double again, mister!

Well, waste not, want not.


Do you suppose you could, uh,

tear yourself away
from the groceries

long enough to come out
to the office for a minute?

Right now?

Ain't nobody gonna steal
your food, boy.

All right.

Uh, we won't be too long?

I don't want it to get cold.

No. It'll be all right.

Uh, did your wife
do the cooking?

If she did, it's excellent.

I got one suggestion
I'd like to make.

You have visitors.

Ferdinand Waldo demara, Jr.

These men
are from the f.B.I., doc.

They came in answer
to our teletype.

It's too bad you didn't tell us

how important you was.

The war may be over Mr. demara,

but the army has some

unfinished business with you.

And the marines.

Well, you see...

I can really ex...

Hey, Barney!


I've told you three times today

you're running too heavy
on the ink.

- Oh, come on.
- What do you mean

- "come on"?
- Too much, too little!

- So, what do you want?
- I want it just right!

I don't want too much
or too little, okay?


What do you think you're running
the New York times?

- Demara?
- Right?

Warden wants to see you.

Be right there.

Hey, demara,

tell your pal the warden
I want out, too.

Tell him I've been in here
longer than you have.

Tell him I've had it up to here.

Why don't you go
tell him yourself?

- His door is open even to you.
- What, are you kiddin'?

He's a cop!

I can't stand cops.
Army kind or any other!

- They're all finks.
- You know, Barney,

you know what's wrong with you?
You're incorrigible.


Forget it. Tell you what you do.

Why don't you sit down
and rest your brains

for a couple of minutes?


The whole world's
full of nothin'

but mahoneys and finks!

You've come a long way
in 18 months, Fred.

With your help.

Without it
I'd probably have to serve

my full term six years.

I'm very grateful.

Well, you just remember this,

We're all our brother's keeper.

Inside prison walls or out,

each one of us,

with responsibility
each to each.

What you just said, sir,

I'd like to print that and more

on the editorial page
of the stripes and bars.

And I thought
I'd do an interview

on warden Ben w. Stone.

- No, no...
- Now, now,

I know how you feel
about publicity

but it's not really publicity.

Um, we're here to talk
about you, Fred.

Not me.

Sir, I feel I have
a responsibility

to my fellow inmates

and I want you
to let me make them aware

of your kind of understanding.

You know your method
of handling people.

You mean the simple code
I try to follow?

Yes, sir. I want that,
but I want more.

I want everything.

When and where you were born.

Uh, the schools you went to.

How it all started.

The day you decided
to go into prison work.

You mean you want
the Horatio alger story, huh?

- Yes.
- Ben w. Stone,

Georgia farm boy
to army penologist.

Is that where you were born,
sir, in Georgia?

- May I borrow this pad?
- Yeah.

- Thank you.
- Altoona, Georgia.

Population 435.

I was a piccolo player
in the grade school band.


The altoona high school.

Good old atoona high.

If anybody had said to me then

I'd end up in penology
I'd have said

they was out of their mind!

Summin' it all up, Fred,

a man's personal dignity

must never be taken away
from him.

Under most circumstances,

you treat a man with respect,

you'll get respect back.

Even the most desperate man

will respond to understanding.

Sometimes it's only
the simple understanding

of giving him a way out
with honor.

Great day in the morning,

I've been talking
almost an hour.

Haven't even started on you.

Now have you decided
what you wanna do

when you get out of here?

Yes, sir.

Uh-hmm. I've decided.

I've, uh, I definitely decided

and as usual, you've been
most helpful, sir.

Can't tell you, Mr. stone,

how happy I am to have a man
of your background

and experience being willing
to join our staff.

Well, thank you, sir.
It's very nice to be here.

I didn't realize,
warden Chandler,

what a tremendous plant
you've got here.

It's the largest prison
in the southwest.


Still with some
of the largest problems,

- I'm sorry to say.
- Well, from what I can see, sir,

you're handling
those problems in a most

enlightened operation.

Well, for the most part,

I'm proud of what I've been
able to do here

- with one exception.
- What's that, sir?

I saved that for last.

Right over here.

Good afternoon, brown.

Good afternoon, warden.

Lieutenant brown
this is Mr. Ben stone.

- Howdy, do?
- Howdy do.

Mr. stone is joining
my personal staff.

Quiet today.

So far, sir.

Open up.

Open up.

Here's my problem, Mr. stone.

Maximum security.

Possibly the toughest cell block

in the entire country.

Most of the cells occupied?

Every one.

It's quiet.

Too quiet.

That's 'cause it's daytime,
Mr. stone.

Now at night,

these boys turn
into moon howlers.

You get used
to the sound, though.

Takes a few years.

We handle them though.

It's about all we can do
is handle them.

That's the pity of it.

And isolating them
is the only thing

you've been able
to come up with, sir?

It is the only practical thing

we've been able to come up with,

I'm sorry to say, Mr. stone.

I can't accept that.

It's against everything
I believe.

Sir, no man is beyond help.

Even the most desperate
of prisoners

can be reached.

You respect his dignity
as a man,

you know, you kind
of treat him as a...

- As a human being...
- Uh-hmm.

He must respond.

He's got to respond.

I agree with that, too.

Then I come up against these men

and their code of maximum.

Code of maximum?

- The Mark of distinction...
- Oh, yes, yes, of course.

That goes with being sent
to maximum.

It labels a man tough.

And stayin' tough is the code.

- Yes.
- No man will violate it

for fear of showin' weakness

in the eyes of the others.

When a man goes into maximum,

he goes in there to stay!

There's not one of them
down there

would ask for
or accept any help.

That's gettin' soft.

Uh, that's, uh,
breaking the code.

Yes, sir.
I can understand that, but...

Now, no arguments, daddy.

You're coming home
right this minute.

Eulalie, can't you see I'm busy?

You have missed dinner
twice this week!

You are coming home
with me right now

if I have to drag youl!

Mr. stone,

this ill-mannered young lady,

I'm sorry to say,
is my daughter.

How do you do, Ms. Chandler?

Eulalie, honey,
this is Ben w. Stone.

What... you can't be Ben stone.

What do you mean he can't be?

An ex-army warden should be fat,

50, and ugly as sin!

And you're not that at all,

are you, Mr. stone?

I do hope you like it here!

Yeah. I'm sure I will, ma'am.

Wait in the car.

I'll see you in 10 minutes.

Uh, yeah. I'll wait in the car.

Now, 10 minutes, you said?

If you don't want me
back up here screamin'.

Please, eulalie.

Awfully nice meeting you,
Mr. stone.

I hope to see you again,
real soon.

So hice meeting you, ma'am.

- Bye.
- Bye.

Oh, Mr. stone,

what are you doing
for dinner tonight?

Uh, daddy and I insist
that you join us for dinner.

Don't we, daddy?


Then it's settled.

I'll bring my car out
to the front of the building

and I'll pick you both up there.

- Fine.
- Fine.

- Bye.
- Goodbye.

Of course, I meant for you

to bring Mrs. stone, too.

Well, there isn't a Mrs. stone.

Isn't that nice?

Well, uh, bye.

- Goodbye.
- For now.



So what is the percentage
of, uh, prisoner trusties?

- Oh, I'd say about 12%.
- Excuse me, sir.

But how long
have you been a warden?

- Uh, 14 years.
- Oh, really?

Get in. Get comfortable now.

- Hi.
- Hi, there.

Good. You're prompt.

You see, you're helping
daddy already.

Ha. Where will you be
working, Mr. stone?

I don't rightly know,
it's completely up

to your father, Ms. Chandler.

Well, Ben, I've been
thinking it over.

You ought to give it a try.

Maximum security, it's yours.


But daddy, you can't do this.

Well, you can get killed there.

Only last month a couple
of guards were stabbed!

Now, now, eulalie.

Mr. stone
is an experienced penologist.

Come on. Come on,
drive us home now.

May I have your stick?

Oh, don't get too close
to that door, sir!

They'll bring you to 'em.

These boys like to play
at bangin' your head

against all that iron.

Oh, thank you, r.C.

How often do you let them
out of the cells?

Once a day, sir,
they get a few minutes

to stretch out here
in this corridor,

one man at a time.

Only one man at a time?

You'll learn, sir.

Put a pair of them
rocknoses together,

they'd soon kill us
or each other.

- Yeah.
- Uh, just a moment, sir.

Back off there, man.

I said back off there!

Now, there's a rocknose for you.

uh, look, uh, Mr. stone,

you seem like a nice
bright young fella.

I'd sure hate to see you get
all chewed up down here.

Now, uh, why don't you
ask the warden

to let you work in that

nice air-conditioned office
of his, hmm?

Be a lot cooler,

and a whole lot safer.

Believe Mel

you'd like that, wouldn't you?

Well, I'm only thinking
of you, sir.

Yeah. I can see that.

What's this prisoner's name?

Thompson, sir.

- First name.
- Uh, Clifford Thompson.

He's the meanest, sir,
you'd better stay away from him.

- Open up the door.
- Now, look, Mr. stone...

Do as I tell you, r.C.!
Open up the door!

Lift the bar.

Did you hear me?
I said lift the bar!

Hi, Clifford.

Kind of close in here, isn't it?

I'll tell you, Clifford,
I don't think

I'm gonna like this job
very much.

No, I'm not.

Best thing I could do is to...

Clear all you boys out
of this cell block

as quickly as possible.

I'll tell you
what's stumping me, though.

I heard a rumor
that a lot of you boys

don't want to get out
of maximum.

Well, that's kinda hard
to believe, isn't it?

Tell you what I'd like to do.

Any man that wants out
of maximum,

all he's gotta do is ask.

That's all, just ask.

There are gonna be clean cells

and decent shop jobs
in the main prison

for any man who can prove to me

that he'll keep his nose clean

and kinda behave himself.

Well, that's all, Clifford.

Why don't you kinda think over
what I said.

In fact, why don't you, uh,

you talk it over with
the other boys here in maximum

and kinda talk it
amongst yourselves.

Like how you
buck-tailed, screw?!

By telephone?!

Easy, Clifford.
Everything's gonna be fine.

I was gonna come to that.

Startin' today and twice a day
from now on,

all the men here in maximum

are gonna be let out
in the corridor together.

You'll be just about free
to do anythin' you want.

You know what I mean, like, uh,

smoke, or take a walk,

or just even talk.

Take care, Clifford, you hear?

You can save yourself some time.

I want 'em all open.

Now, look here, Mr. stone,

you can't do that.

- No?
- No, anything at all

is liable to spook
these boys into a riot.

Uh-hmm. Well, fine. I want you
to open all the cells.

Now, just a minute, Mr. stone.

Do as I tell you, r.C.!

Open 'em up. All of them.

Comin', Mr. stone?


Why, outside, man!

- Why?
- Because armed guards

ain't allowed to come in contact
with those boys!

They could jump us,
take our guns!

I haven't got a gun, sir!

Tell you what you can do,
though, you can take off

your gun and join me here
if you wish.

No thank you, sir.

It's your party.

All right.

Lift the bars.

All right, boys.

You can come out now!

There are gonna be
some new rules.

I've just had a talk here

with cliff Thompson.

He can... he can tell you

all about the rules

I was telling you about.

Men, come on out.

There's gonna be
a 30-minute recess.

Either he's the bravest man
I ever saw...

Or the biggest dang fool
that ever lived!

We'll find out soon enough.


Pass those around.

Hi, r.C. Is Ben stone...

Inside with his boys, sir.

How're you, Dr. Hammond?

Oh, fine, r.C., and you?

Oh, a little jumpy
these days, sir.

I understand some changes

have been made around here.

You'll see it
with your own eyes, sir.

I don't know
if you could call it.

Maximum security anymore.

Hold it.

Now, Clifford, why aren't you
doing the exercises?

This here is one monkey

don't put on a show
for no buck-tailed,

short-horned screws.

That's solitary talk, Mr. stone!

That man's beggin'
for a week in the pipe.

Now, just a minute, r.C.

My, my, my, Clifford.

The language
you can use sometimes,

you know,
what I'm gonna have to do

is I'm gonna have to write
your mother a letter.

Now, now, now,

Clifford, Clifford.

Don't you think
it's about time we had a break?

- I think so.
- Um, good.


There you go.

It's a break.


Ben, Dr. Robert Boyd Hammond.

Meet Mr. Ben stone.

- Ben.
- How do you do, doctor?

Dr. Hammond is the Dean
of the school of psychology

- at our state university.
- I see.

Now and again he stops and gives
us some advice and some help.

- I want you two men to meet.
- I'm delighted.

I like the way
you handled that, Ben.

Why thank you very much, doctor.

- Thank you.
- And Ben,

would you join us in my office?

Why certainly.



Uh, will you take over, please?



Doc, we're gettin'
more new prisoners

than we can handle.

too many of the same faces.


Hey, screw, sir.

That last guy
goin' up the steps.

Who is he?

That's, uh, Ben w. Stone.


Ben w. Stone.

He's, uh,
the warden's right-hand man.

Why, do you know him?


Now, how would a guy like me
know a fink like him? Huh?

Come on, move.

I tell you, I'm still up

against this stupid,
stubborn resistance.

Ben, you're impatient.

Actually, you've accomplished

a tremendous amount
in eight weeks.

- I'd say so.
- It don't think so.

You got the men
exercising, reading,

Ben's even got some
of the boys writing home.

The illiterate one's
he's teaching to write.

You've got the men busy
and involved

and not a real case
of trouble in weeks.

I'd call that genuine progress.

Don't get discouraged, Ben.

You're earning the men's trust.

That takes time, a lot of time.

If I could get just one man,

just one man
to break the code, I'm...

Oh, there you are.

I've been waiting in your office

for 15 minutes,
Mr. Ben w. Stone.

Hello, Dr. Hammond.

Eulalie, how are you?

I'm hungry.

I had a date
for dinner and a movie.

Dr. Hammond's my alibi, honey.

It's mostly my fault, eulalie,

but, uh, we've been busy...

I know, talking shop,
talking maximum.

Well, uh, do we...

That's maximum security.

Come on, doc.

- All right. What happened?
- It's Thompson, sir.

He wouldn't go back in his cell
after the exercise.

Actually, he got a knife,
stabbed me.

Where did he get the knife?

I don't know, sir.

Now you hear me, men.

Get back in those cells.

Open up.

I want to talk to Thompson.

Open up.

Ben, be careful.

I got nothing on you
but I'll cut you.

I tell you,
before we talk this over,

why don't you hand me
that knife?

- Hand you?
- Uh-hmm.

I can't give you the knife,
that's asking too much.

Suppose that...
Suppose I took it from you.

Would that be fair?

Yes, sir, that's fair.

Come get it.


Let me use the gas, warden.

Stay out of this, r.C..

Careful, Ben.


Ben, we're coming in.

No, stay where you are.

Take it, Ben.

Take it.

I'm trying to.

Wake up, man. Wake up.

All right, all right,
all right, Clifford.

All right.

You, you all right, Clifford?


Yeah, I'm all right.

Right. Fine. Come on, men.

Go on back to your cells.
Let's go.

All right.
You too, Clifford. Go ahead.

Um, I ain't going to solitary?

Why should you go to solitary?

It was fair fight, wasn't it?


There's somebody calling.


- Hello, Ben?
- Yes, sir.

Guess who just left my office?


He asked out.

He wants to go to work
in the carpenter shop.

That's great, sir.

You come up here to my office.

I got a new job, a new title,

and more money.

You're the deputy warden.

I'll be right up, sir.

Oh, Ben, Ben.

Oh, sorry, sir.
I didn't mean to...

Oh, that's all right.
What can I do for you?

I got one
of the new prisoners here, sir.

He wants to talk to you.
Says it's urgent.


All right. I'll see him.

- Oh, no, not now.
- Eulalie, I've got to see him.

When these men want to see me,

- I just must.
- Well, see him tomorrow.

No, I'm not gonna be able
to do that.

But we've got to get
to daddy's office.

I'll meet you up
in daddy's office

in just a couple of minutes.
Now, you just go on up there

- and I'll meet you...
- Ben...

I'll see you up
at the office, eulalie.

The office.

- Bye.
- Bye.

Hiya, Freddie boy.

- Listen, Barney...
- You will listen.

I will talk.

Well, I always wanted
a friend on the inside

- but this... this is ridiculous.
- Sit down.

For a friend,
I get me the assistant warden.


You haven't heard me out yet,
Freddie boy.


No thanks.

Now, I'm not gonna blow
the whistle on you, Freddie boy

unless you make me.

All it ask is, uh,

- a favor here and there. Yeah?
- Yeah.

What kind of favor
did you have in mind, Barney?

Well, I haven't
figured that out yet

but, uh, big, small,
I don't know but, uh...

Yeah, well,
I'll be thinking about it.

You be thinking about it too.

Uh, maybe we can come up
with something.


Well, that's all, Freddie.

Nice set-up.


Come on up here, Ben.

We're all waiting on you.

Be right there, sir.


Uh, but I don't know.

You know f.W. Demara,
he's such a... he's such a nobody.

And worst of all,
he's a terribly dull man.

Well, he needn't be,
you said yourself

that first night you came back
that everywhere you went

people like you
and you like people.

No, they didn't like me.

They like who I was
and what I was doing.

And I'll tell you something.

I even like me then.

Taking other people's names
and lives?

You can't meant that, Fred.

But it's part of the fun
and the excitement.

Waiting for them
even to got wise to you

is part of the fun.

I guess that's kind of hard
for you to understand, isn't it?

Yes, it is. It's very hard.

When I know that
with your talent and brains,

you could've been doing
some good, a lot of good.

But I was doing good,

or trying to anyway.

All I did was take
a few shortcuts.

I don't think I hurt anybody.

Now you hurt Fred demara.

Now, father devlin,

you're getting to sound
like a psychiatrist.

Hmm, well, as a matter of fact,

I was reading a book
on psychiatry last night.

- Oh, no, not you.
- Yes, indeed.

- Oedipus complex.
- Look, it doesn't

- make me an expert.
- Come on, I'll buy you a drink.

Father, you shouldn't
read books like that,

it's not good for you.

That's still Freud
and I'm not gonna

let you sell me Freud.

I would sell you anything

if I thought it would make you
understand yourself.


Have you ever thought
of consulting a psychiatrist?

Uh, in prison, the army
assigned me one of their best.

It was fascinating.

But he couldn't tell
you anything?

Well, wait a minute.
He told me a lot.

He told me
I had a wonderful childhood.

It lasted almost 30 years.

That's where it all began
in my childhood.

He called it a lesion
to my narcissism

which simply means
I never liked me very much.

But I could have told him
that the minute we shook hands.

You know, all those guys
are trying to do

is just take
the fun out of life?

Be yourself. Life is real.

Life is earnest.

Now where's the fun in that?

Well, if you knew that,

my church would be overflowing.

I've got to get back
to the rectory.

Oh, no, this is your treat.

Thank you.

I'm stubborn, Fred.

I'm going to keep praying
for you.

We'll, you do that.

You know what
I'm really praying for?

What's that?

That one of these days
you'll meet a girl,

a fine girl and fall deeply
in love with her.

You keep praying
because I'd like that myself.

To be truly in love,
you'd have to be honest.

Not only with the girl
but with yourself.

- Goodbye and good luck.
- Goodbye. Thank you.

Oh, Fred...

Wherever you go, god keep you
in the hollow of his hand.

The royal Canadian Navy

welcomes you, Dr. mornay.

Thank you, commander.

I want you to know, sir,

how much we appreciate

your giving up
such a fine practice.

Not at all.

As a matter of fact,
I could use a sea voyage.

That'll come later
but first it's shore duty

at the naval hospital
at halifax.

Oh, at the hospital. I see.

- After you, doctor.
- Thank you.

Halifax, I've always wanted
to go to halifax.

Well, as you can see,

we get the same junk here that

- any of civilian hospital gets.
- Uh-hmm.

Concussion, severe laceration,

compound commutated patella,

perforated appendix,

fractured, uh...


Yes, mandible.

Fractured mandible.

Third degree burns, you know,

- the usual sort of thing.
- Uh-hmm.


would you like some advice?

Well, actually I would, you see,
I'm rather new to this.

To this?
Well, I don't mean to this.

- This is easy.
- Oh.

I mean how you can hand in solid

with the old man,
chief of medicine.

Well, how would you do that?

Well, if I were you,
I'd let the old man know

that you had read everything
that he'd written

- in the lancet.
- Uh-hmm.

The phenomenon
of the middle ear.


The kidney, it's function.
You loved it,

- every one of them.
- Yeah.

You see, the old man has a...

Compulsion to rush into print.

He fancies himself
quite a writer.

Somewhat like a psychoanalyst
in that respect.

Uh, uh, excuse me, uh,

where did you say I read them?

Oh, come off it.

The lancet.

The British medical journal.

Oh, the British, yes.

That Montgomery.

- Oh, yes, yes.
- Yes.

Dr. Johnson,
report to surgery, please.

Lieutenant surgeon Burke,
call the desk, please.

I assume all the medication
and treatment

for these men was prescribed
by Dr. Thornton.

Yes, doctor.

Is there anything wrong, doctor?

Wrong? Absolutely not.

You will continue everything
as prescribe by Dr. Thornton

with my complete approval.

Uh, nurse...

I know a real doctor
when I've seen one, you know,

and from what I've seen,

we can thank heaven
for Dr. Thornton.

Yes. Well, carry on, nurse.

Tibialis anterior,

peroneus longus,
peroneus brevis.





Posterior antl...

It's the most underrated flower
in the whole world.

Most flowers taper to the top.

That's very common
but a dandelion,

it kind of spreads out
as it grows.

That's very unusual.

I like them
because they're so sturdy...

And reliable.

I'm from out west,


We could never depend
on anything there.

A sudden snow
would come or a freeze and...

All the flowers would die.

But then when the snow
melted away,

there they were,

the dandelions.

When we were kids,
we used to play

that if you could blow off
all the fluff off a dandelion,

it would mean
you would get your wish.

We used to say
it meant you were in love.

Oh, no. No.

Forgive me but that's wrong.

No. You see,
you'd hold the dandelion

under someone's chin

and if it makes the chin
all yellow

then you're in love.

Did you know you were in love?

And I've been deeply in love
for minutes.

We're going to have
lunch together.

A small place,

a French place.

I want you to know

I've had the most wonderful
afternoon of my life.

Yes, I have too.

- L'addition.
- Oui, m'sieu.

Allens, m"sieu.

Merci, beaucoup, m'sieu.

Oh, wait, wait, before we go,

there's something
I want to tell you.

Uh, I'm not really a, uh,

well, no...

- My name might...
- No.

No, don't.

I want to save that.

I want to fall in love and...

Not even know my lover's name.

Well, that would be fun,
normally, but you've got...

- Do you know what I'd like?
- What?

I'd like to run into someone
when we walk out of here today,

someone like...

My chief of staff and say,

"sir, I'd...

Like you to meet
the man I love,".



what is your name, lieutenant?

Well, Fred, where are you?

Never mind that.

Would you do me a favor?
Would you stop praying for me?

Stop praying?
What are you talking about?

Are you all right?

I'm fine but you know,
what happened to me?

I meet her.
The girl you told me about.

I'm in love.

Fred, that's wonderful.

What's so wonderful about it?
It's all wrong.

I've tried to tell her
what kind of a phony I am

but she just won't listen.

Fred, you've got to tell her.

She's got to listen.

Father, I've tried.
She won't and she can't.

She's in love too.


Father, please, I'm in pain.


Father, do me a favor.

Uh, will you say hello
to ma and pa for me?

Give them my very best.
Tell them I'm okay.

What are you going to do?

I don't... I don't know
what I'm going to do

but you can do me
one favor, though.

Please don't pray for me.

Fred, don't hang up.

How could you do this
to me, Joe?

Without telling me.

will you listen to me?

Oh, don't, Joe.
The head nurse told me

you not only begged but...

Then you plagued
the chief of medicine

to send you to Korea at once.

Well, that's true.
Yes, it's true but...

Well, there's something
you must know about me.

Joe, nothing matters now
expect that I love you

and I was foolish enough
to think that you loved me.

But I do love you. Catherine,

I've never loved
anybody else but you.

Will you listen to me now?


Uh, well...

During the last war,
someone in my family,

someone very close to me
was a deserter.

Now for years now I've...

Wanted to wipe out

the shame and the guilt.

And until that's done,
I'm no good to you,

to me, or to anybody else.

All right, Joe.

I'll wait for you...

Because I love you.
I'll wait for you forever.

Catherine, what can I say?

Say this after me.

I'm coming back to you.

I love you...

And when I come back,
I'll marry you.

I'm coming back to you.

I love you...

- And if I come back...
- Not if, when.

And when I come back,

I'll marry you.

- You're the new doctor.
- Yes, sir.

Come at once
to the captain's cabin.

- The captain's?
- The old man's

in terrible pain.

Come on, doc.

Excuse me.

God help us all.

He's never been
on a ship before.

Come on, doc.

Captain, here's your
new surgeon lieutenant...

Never mind that.
I'm glad to see you, doc.

I've got a bloody tooth
to get out here.

Come on,
let's get cracking, huh.

Would you mind
opening your mouth, sir?


Uh, which tooth is it, sir?

Well, it's this one right here.

The medical assistant
said it was abscessed.

He was afraid to fool with it
so we waited for you.

Uh-huh. He did, huh?

Um, well, that tooth
will have to come out.

Well, hurry up, will you, doc?

Yes. Yes. I'll, uh,

I'll have it out
in a jiffy, sir.

You just relax
and don't worry about a thing.

I'm just gonna go check
the equipment and see

that we've got everything

that we'll need
for the extraction.

Well, hurry up, will you?

No. No. It slides.

So it does.

Excuse me.

- Good morning.
- Good morning.

Are you the medical assistant?

Yes, sir, uh, hotchkiss, sir.

- Uh, Dr. mornay.
- How do you do, sir?

Uh, have you seen
the captain yet, sir?

Yes. I was just there.
I'm just going back.

Tell me, hotchkiss, uh,

have you had any experience
with extractions?

Well, uh, um, no, sir.


Well, I've got
to check something.

Oh, there's nothing
for you to check, sir.

I have everything right here.

Uh, the instruments, syringe,
novocain, uh, everything.


Fine. Why don't you take them up
to the captain's quarters?

I'll meet you
up there presently.

- Go on up immediately.
- Yes, sir.

Make him as comfortable
as possible.

- Yes, sir.
- Thank you.


Extraction. Extraction.



I'll be right there.

Well, what's
the trouble in there?

Got it. Right. Be right there.

Well, step on it, will you?

The old man's ready to blow up.

Yeah. I'm coming. I'm coming.

Well, let's go.

Here he is, captain.

I'm sorry I took so long, sir.

Please, doc. Hurry.

I will, it will.

Thank you.

Uh, do you have much pain?

Yes, I do.

Uh, well, I'll be with you
in a jiffy.

You just relax, sir.

You just be calm now and relax.

Thank you.

- Uh, say, "ah."
- Ah.

Ah. I'm sorry.



- Ah.
- Ah.

Feel it?

- Ah.
- Oh. I'm sorry. Yes.

Hold on. Syringe.

- More?
- Yes. Shh.


Still sensitive.

You relax now.



First rule of medicine.

Relieve the patient.

Be quick and painless
as possible.

Thank you.

That's it.

That's better. Now,

just a wait a moment
for it to take.


- See? No pain.
- Uh-hmm.

It's all localized.

With no problem at all.


I'm ready.

You're doing a marvelous job,

It's a good weight. Thank you.

Hold his shoulders.

Uh, would you excuse me, please.

Just a little room.

Thank you.

- Hold his head.
- Yeah. Uh-hmm.


- Well done, doc. You got 'er.
- Thank you. Thank you.

Hotchkiss, dispose of this
and clean up the mess.

Thank you.

Uh, sir, got your tooth out.

Everything's fine now.

You can relax.


Okay. It's all right.


uh, we better take him
to his bunk.

He's a just a little stiff.

Thank you.

Easy, uh, now turn down the bed.

- Yes, sir.
- Thank you.

Thank you, hotchkiss.

Fine. Now,
let's put him up here.

All right, fine.

I can take care
of everything now. Thank you.

- Okay, doc.
- Thank you.


Shh. Yes?

Look here, we're sailing
in half an hour.

If I know the captain,
he'll want to be on the bridge.

- Is he gonna be able to make it?
- No, no, no.

I wouldn't count on it.
He needs a rest.

- Well, he's sure getting it.
- Yeah.

Very well. If it's necessary,
I'll assume the responsibility

- and take it out myself.
- Yes. You assume

the responsibility
and take it out yourself.

Well, well, clean those up.


There's the old man
laying on the bunk

like he'd never had a full
night's sleep in his life.

Hey, come in. Come in.

You've all met the new doc.

- Yes, I do.
- No, no. We didn't meet.

Emmett. Happy to know you.

- How do you do?
- Sit down.

- Thank you.
- Sit down, doc.

I stopped by to see the captain.


Well, I don't know
what you gave him

but he's still out.

He's out cold.

Well, well,
if he's sleeping that hard,

he must've needed the rest.

- Don't we all?
- Hear! Hear!

Is something the matter?

Oh, no, no, no.
It's just that I'm not hungry.

Hmm. Well, come on, venders.

We've got work to do.

Excuse us. Doc, gentleman.

Let me know when he wakes up.



Excuse me.

- Sir?
- Yes?

The first lieutenant
wants to see you on the bridge.

Well, t'll be right there.

Sir, he said immediately.

All right.

You sent for me, sir?

Listen, doc. We got trouble.

What kind of trouble?

- Good morning, doc!
- Good morning.

Best tooth-pulling job
I've ever had.

And a good sleep, sir.

That's the best part of it.

- Congratulations.
- Uh, thank you, sir.

Listen, we've had a last minute
change of orders.

I thought
I'd better let you know.

- Oh?
- We're assigned to Korea

and we're heading immediately
into an operational area.

- Does that mean action, sir?
- Oh, yes. Plenty of it.

From what I hear,
you'll be a very busy man.

- Oh.
- So, I thought

I'd better let you know,
so you can get ready.

Well, thank you, sir.

Nice to have you
with us, mornay.

Thank you.
Proud to be aboard, sir.


Sir, the mail boat
is coming up alongside.

Thank you.

So you see, my love.

They couldn't keep me from you.

This morning I arrived
on my new assignment,

the naval hospital in Tokyo.

One day, the cayuga
will steam into Tokyo harbor

and I'll be waiting for you
on the dock.

Till then, keep well,
my darling,

for... your loving Catherine.

Uh, they just put a Korean army
liaison man aboard, sir.

Captain hun Kim.

He's not feeling very well.

Well, I think he's got the flu.

Uh, well,
give him some aspirins.


Aspirin and band-aids.

Three colds and a burned finger

from a hot shell casing

and they call this a war?

Looks like we're in
for some weather, Mr. headley.

Yes, sir.

All bad.

Small boat, aft the port beam.

Put this light on them.

Let's have those.

What do you make of it, captain?

Looks like
one of our fishing boats.

Could be a trap.

Boarding party
to the quarterdeck.

Cover them.

Let's go, captain.

Boarding party
to the quarterdeck.

Man the guard rail. Let's go.

Commandos, sir.

Rok commandos.

They want to know
if medical help is available.

Tell him it's all right
to come alongside.

Get doc mornay up here.

Get him up here right away.

Come on. All right, come on.

Get to it. Step lively.

They were caught in ambush, sir.

There was nowhere else for them

to turn for medical help.

I'll see what the doc
has to say.

Stone, we'll need
a couple of stretchers.

Will you men
get some stretchers?

Shannikan, hawes,
you can help out down here.

Come on, on the double,
you men, let's go.

Stone, where is doc mornay?

I'll look, sir.


He says better
not treat the wound

than cut the uniform.

In winter he will freeze.


Do you think
you can handle all this, Joe?

I don't know.

Three of those men
are in pretty bad shape.

Uh, I don't know whether
we can help them or not.

They're going to need
immediate surgery.

As far as the rest
of these men are concerned,

I can clean, suture,
and clamp up the bleeding.

But that's about it.

Uh, can I rig your cabin
into an operating room?

Yes, of course.

Fine, hotchkiss, get those
three men ready for surgery.

Uh, get the rest of these men
down in the sick bay

and clean them up and make them
as comfortable as possible.

Yes, sir.

Chief, we'll need some
hands with these stretchers.

Let's go, huh?

Joe, the captain here would like
to help out in any way he can.

Thank you very much.

Listen, there's a wind
coming up.

I'm afraid,
it's gonna be pretty rough.

Well, what are we gonna do?

Do you want to wait
till it blows over?

I can't do that, captain.

A few of those men
won't last a couple of hours

- without surgery.
- All right.

We've got enough sea room
to head into it.

I'll try to keep it as steady
as I can and...

Good luck.

All right, let's go.

Help me, dear god.

I don't want to kill anybody.

This one's the worst.

Whatever hit him
is still in there.

He's hemorrhaging.

Get the tourniquet.

Above the elbow.


Sodium pentothal.

What is he saying?

He's just a peasant boy, doctor.

What did he say, captain?

He said,
"may god guide your hand."

Tell him,
I just made the same prayer.

What's her head now?

Zero-zero-five, sir.

Let's play it safe.
Steer zero-three-five.

Steer zero-three-five.

Steer zero-three-five, sir.

She ought
to a steady down on that,

provided it doesn't
blow up anymore.

There it is.

A piece of shrapnel,

quarter of an inch
from the heart.



- Hemostat.
- In your hand.



It's stopped bleeding.

He'll make it.

It's really a miracle,

isn't it?

You don't know
how much of a miracle.

How're they
making out down there?

He's on his
third operation, sir.

He's okay, but it's slow going.

I'll bet you right now

the doc wishes he never
set foot on the cayuga.

Well, I can't blame him.

How's that? Huh?

All right.
Let's go down to sick bay.

That's it, sir.

What's it?

That's all 19.

You're finished, sir.

Good going, doc.

Thank you.

Congratulations, doc.

- Great job, doc.
- Doc, congratulations.

Thank you very much.

- Nice going, doc.
- Thank you.

Doc, nice going.

Thank you.

Excuse me.


Doc, you look like
you could stand a drink.

- I can.
- Come on.

It's true.
The report just came in.

He's a hero.

And now the press
is on to the story.

Nineteen operations
in one night.

They're calling him
the miracle doctor.

as the operations are,

what he has done on chinnampo
is even more so.

He has taken over a hut

and he's given
those people a hospital.

The first hospital that
that island has ever known.

In addition
to battlefield patients,

he's also operating
on civilians.

Last, last week,
he tried something

he himself admitted
that he has never done before.

A lung resection
on a 60-year old woman.

We were in touch, uh,

during the entire procedure.

Radioing detailed
instructions to him.

The operation was a success.

Only this morning, gentleman.

The naval headquarters
tried to bring him

in here to be decorated.

He wouldn't hear of it.

To top it all, it seems possible

that he's too modest
for his own good.

But gentleman, this is...

Lieutenant mornay's fiancee.

This is
lieutenant Catherine Lacey.

where did you meet him?

How long have you known him?

Uh, Lacey, is that
with an "e" or without an "e"?

Lieutenant, do you have
a photograph of him?

Oh, I'm sure that headquarters
has a photograph of him there.

But doctor, isn't it
just possible that you're not

the only Dr. Joseph c. Mornay
in Canada?

Of course, it's possible.

That's why I told myself

when they broke the story
on the radio.

Then came the newspapers,

and this picture.

I know this man.

He spent a week here.

He said he was on a vacation.

We talked and played chess
together every night.

But he's a fraud, an impostor.

And he's no doctor.

He's a college professor,


His name is Robert Boyd Hammond.

Hey, George.

Take a look at this.


Joe, I'd like to speak
to you for a minute.


What'd she say?

Oh, she's my lung resection.

She wouldn't leave
so I had to make

a hurse's aide out of her.

Yes, but what did she say?

She, uh, she likes
to call me the man

with the, uh, gentle heart.


This came in about an hour ago.

I'd like for you
to have a look at it.

Now, I want you to know that
I don't believe a word of that.

I'm sure headquarters
has made some dreadful blunder.

You just tell me that
it's all a mistake

and I'll send a message

and we can forget
the whole thing.

If I didn't like you so much,
I'd let you do just that, but...

I'm afraid that would get you
into a lot of trouble.

I'm glad
I got here before you went it.

Now they've no right
to do this, Fred.

Not without
your defense attorney present.

They didn't call me.
I asked to be here.

- What for?
- I'm guilty. And I want to get

this over with as quickly

- and as quietly as possible.
- These things have to follow

a certain pattern.

Now you can't interfere.

The board's meeting how
to determine the charges

against you and set the data
of court-martial.

Uh, then what?

We go to trial,

and am I ready for it?

Oh, boy. I can see you are.

I've worked out
a magnificent defense for you.

- I have no defense. I'm guilty.
- Ah, you're innocent.

- I'm guilty.
- Innocent.

Your record is your defense.

The perfect defense.

Captain glover's
prepared to testify

along with the entire crew
of the cayuga.

Plus the real Ben w. Stone
and warden, uh...

- Chandler.
- Chandler. He says

you're the best deputy warden
he's ever had. And, uh...

- Wonderful.
- Father devlin's come forward.

- He's on your side, of course.
- Uh-hmm.

Even Dr. mornay says
he will not press charges.

He now claims that all you did
was help people in his name.

And here's the topper.

I just got this
about an hour ago.

Here. A cablegram from
lieutenant Catherine Lacey,

she'll be here tomorrow.

- Oh, no.
- Yeah, she's flying in

all the way from Tokyo
and I understand

that you are going
to be decorated

by the Korean government.

- Now that... clinches it.
- Now, look. Look.

I don't want to be decorated
by the Korean government

and I don't want
Catherine Lacey here.

Now, you've got
to get me out today. Right now.

- That's impossible.
- Itis, is it?

Have you any idea
the embarrassment

I have caused this committee?

Huh? They've been meeting
in there for two days.

They're trying to figure out
how they can explain

how a phony with two years
of high school

can end up a surgeon lieutenant
in the royal Canadian Navy.

Look, I am well aware

that the situation is delicate.

But these things, they just
have to follow a normal course.

- Lieutenant?
- Hmm?

I'm going to teach you
a simple lesson in logic.

- What's that?
- You ready?

Follow me.

Hey, Fred. Hey, Fred.
Wait a minute.

Look, you can't go in there.
Fred. Listen to me, Fred.

Excuse me, sir. I'm sorry
to interrupt this way but...

Mr. demara,
this is most irregular.

Your request for a hearing
is still under consideration.

I know, sir. But if I can only
have a moment of your time.

I think I have
a possible solution

to this, uh, situation.

Very well, but be brief.

The door, please.

Thank you, sir.


there sometimes exists
a real conflict

between the letter
and the spirit of the law.

It is the letter of the law

that the guilty
should be punished.

But it is also
the spirit of the law

that the innocent
should be protected.

some innocent people

are involved in this case.

Good people whose only fault

was that they accepted
and believed in me.

I've hurt them,

one in particular enough.

Now a prolonged trial
would only cause them

and the Navy
further embarrassment.

Sir, I beg you,

drop the case
against Fred w. Demara,

alias Dr. Joseph c. Mornay,

drop it here and now.

Let me walk out that door

and I promise you,
within an hour,

I'll be on a train

and out of Canada for good.

Be seated, gentleman.

Stand at attention.

Mr. demara,

this board finds itself

in an extremely
difficult position.

This case
being without precedent,

our only guide is consideration
for how justice

can best be served.

It has been ably
and I trust in good faith,

pointed out, gentleman,

that justice, in this instance

lies in the spirit of the law.

This board, therefore,
will act to that end.

By the authority
delegated to me,

as of now, demara,

you are released
from the service.

Good day to you.

Excuse me, sir.

I would like to add
that I'm proud

that I served
in the royal Canadian Navy.

Good day.

I can't tell you how upset I am.

That was presumptuous
of our state police.

They might have
at least contacted

the board of education.

We're not going to prosecute.

It could be embarrassing.

Well, I wish I knew that.

I would have brought Fred's
father and mother here with me.

Father within the last hour,

I have received
more than 50 telegrams

from haven isle.

They want Martin Goddard back,

whatever his name is.

Best teacher they ever had.

It was always like that,
Mr. Warren.

Ah, if Fred could only realize

people want him
for himself, right?

I know why I want him.

I'm going to marry him.

And I'll take any name

that Fred's willing
to share with me.

The f.B.I.
Still hasn't located him.

Now, they think
he's somewhere in south America.

- Sir, I've done every...
- If demara starts

any of his shenanigans
down there,

it could lead to serious
international complications.

I've had all our people on alert

ever since he was reported
in Mexico, sir.

But we need someone
to take charge.

I think I've finally found

the right man, sir.


The state trooper from whom
demara recently escaped.

He says he won't rest
until he catches up with demara

and puts him behind bars.

Well, bring him in.

Oh, yes, sir.

Come in, sergeant wilkerson.