Medic (1954–1956)

Don't Count the Stars 

Not Rated | | Drama | Episode aired 9 April 1956
An arrogant and self-aggrandizing singer's relentless drive for success is unceremoniously halted when he learns that his hoarseness is not due to vocal overwork, but to a potentially malignant cancer of the larynx.

Director:

John Brahm

Writers:

Gene L. Coon (teleplay) (as Gene Coon), James E. Moser (creator)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Richard Boone ... Dr. Konrad Styner
Richard Crenna ... Donny
Stanley Adams ... Ike
Sean Meany Sean Meany ... Terry (as Sean Meaney)
Henry Hunter Henry Hunter ... Dr. Norton
Jean Vander Pyl ... Julia
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An arrogant and self-aggrandizing singer's relentless drive for success is unceremoniously halted when he learns that his hoarseness is not due to vocal overwork, but to a potentially malignant cancer of the larynx.

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Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Language:

English

Release Date:

9 April 1956 (USA) See more »

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Medic Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Dr. Konrad Styner: Our actual case history tonight concerns the field of laryncology - the science of the human throat and larynx. The object in point, a piece of sheet music, public domain. The case in point, Daniel James Castle, age 29. The past 10 years of his life have been devoted to building a successful career for himself as a singer. His efforts and his talent have not been in vain. Fortune has finally started to turn his way, and Daniel Castle is only a few steps from the threshold of success. But there ...
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I Can't Go On Singing
13 January 2016 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Solid episode. Actor Richard Crenna usually plays a good guy (The Real McCoys). Here, however, his ambitious vocalist, Donny, is an obnoxious character, full of himself and hyper-critical of others. So maybe it's a kind of poetic justice when Donny begins to suffer throat problems, soon diagnosed as possible throat cancer. One way or the other, an operation is required that will permanently derail his singing career. Since that's been his one ambition, how will such a difficult personality adjust.

In a fine supporting turn, veteran actor Stanley Adams plays Donny's piano accompanist and conscience. On the other hand, there's no love interest or family involvement. But the human interest is kept up even with a rather dislikable character as Donny. In passing— ironically, in real life Crenna almost lost his voice due to a thyroid cancer that was nevertheless successfully treated. IMDb.


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