Ben Casey (1961–1966)
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A Cardinal Act of Mercy: Part 1 

A successful but arrogant lawyer, one of the few women to make it to the very top in a male profession, enters the hospital, and it turns out that she's hiding an addiction to heroin.

Director:

Sydney Pollack

Writers:

James E. Moser (creator), Norman Katkov
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Vince Edwards ... Dr. Ben Casey (as Vincent Edwards)
Sam Jaffe ... Dr. David Zorba
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gary Crosby ... Lt. Harold Spencer
Timmy Everett Timmy Everett ... Willie Morrison
Glenda Farrell ... Martha Morrison
Miranda Jones Miranda Jones ... Betty
Lillian Powell Lillian Powell ... Stella
Napoleon Simpson Napoleon Simpson ... Sam
Kim Stanley ... Faith Parsons
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A successful but arrogant lawyer, one of the few women to make it to the very top in a male profession, enters the hospital, and it turns out that she's hiding an addiction to heroin.

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heroin | addiction | lawyer | See All (3) »

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 January 1963 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Bing Crosby Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Kim Stanley won an Emmy for her performance. See more »

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Kim Stanley is stupendous
5 March 2011 | by RalphMonroeSee all my reviews

Do yourself a favor, devote a couple of hours to watching this episode of one of TV's best-ever medical dramas. Making a rare TV appearance, Broadway legend Kim Stanley gives a tour-de-force performance as a heroin-addicted attorney that won her an Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role. Way ahead of its time, "A Cardinal Act of Mercy" deals in a frank and realistic way with the dicey double-whammy of white-collar drug abuse and ethics in the medical profession. Intelligently scripted with superb dialog, aided by Sydney Pollack's deft direction and capable support from Glenda Farrell and Gary Crosby. Simply put, a perfect storm.


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