One in this series of medical dramas. The third episode of four in a storyline about the relationship between a young nun and her father. Sister Benjamin, a missionary nun with an advanced case of leukemia, is being treated at Blair General Hospital at the same time that her father, Joe Quinlan, a drifter and pool shark, receives care for a heart condition. Joe wins a high-stakes pool game in the hospital recreation room, and when his opponent turns out to be a hospital board member, he becomes the talk of the building. In a conversation with Dr. Kildare, Sister Benjamin defends her father's behavior and expresses concern that her imminent death will rob Joe of support in his old age. Kildare attempts to bolster her spirits by reminding her of the possibility of remission, and the two also discuss the durability of spiritual faith. Meanwhile, Joe confesses to Dr. Gillespie that he feels guilty about his inability to pay his daughter's hospital bills. He begins to devise a scheme to rectify the situation. Includes scenes from the upcoming, concluding episode. Commercials deleted.

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  • DATE: November 29, 1965 Monday 8:30 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 0:25:35
  • COLOR/B&W: B&W
  • CATALOG ID: T:30809
  • GENRE: Drama, medical
  • SUBJECT HEADING: Drama, medical
  • SERIES RUN: NBC - TV series, 1961-1966


  • Norman Felton … Executive Producer
  • David Victor … Supervising Producer
  • Douglas Benton … Producer
  • Robert F. O'Neill … Associate Producer
  • Irving Pearlberg … Associate Producer
  • Herschel Daugherty … Director
  • William Fay … Writer
  • Harry Sukman … Music by
  • Jerry Goldsmith … Theme Music by
  • Richard Chamberlain … Cast, Dr. James Kildare
  • Raymond Massey … Cast, Dr. Leonard Gillespie
  • Lee Kurty … Cast, Nurse Lawton
  • Fred Astaire … Cast, Joe Quinlan
  • Laura Devon … Cast, Sister Benjamin
  • Harry Morgan … Cast, Francis X. Healy
  • Audrey Totter … Cast, Ella Vitnack
  • Norman Fell … Cast, Arnold Vitnack
  • Alan Hewitt … Cast, Mr. Gaffney
  • James Frawley … Cast, Luther Bernstein
  • Kathy Garver … Cast, Tracey Richards