The Interns (film)

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The Interns
Poster of the movie The Interns.jpg
Directed by David Swift
Starring Michael Callan
Cliff Robertson
Cinematography Russell Metty
Distributed by Robert Cohn Productions
Columbia Pictures
Release dates
  • August 8, 1962 (1962-08-08)
Running time 120 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $9,230,769[1]

The Interns is a 1962 drama film that starred Michael Callan and Cliff Robertson. This film is a medical melodrama that presages many similar TV programs to follow. It centers on the personal and professional conflicts of young medical interns under the tutorage of senior surgeons, Telly Savalas and Buddy Ebsen.


John Paul Otis' ambition to become a doctor is compromised when he falls in love with model Lisa Cardigan, then steals pills from the hospital on her behalf. His close friend and classmate, Lew Worship, feels compelled to inform on Otis, ending his friend's career.

Lew becomes involved romantically with Gloria, a student nurse. Alec Considine, a classmate who wants to become a psychiatrist, is caught in a love triangle and experiences an emotional breakdown. The interns gather a year later to see what's become of their lives and careers.



The film grossed $9,230,769 at the box office,[1] earning $5 million in US theatrical rentals.[2] It was the 12th highest grossing film of 1962.


  1. ^ a b Box Office Information for The Interns. The Numbers. Retrieved June 13, 2013.
  2. ^ "All-Time Top Grossers", Variety, 8 January 1964 pg 69.

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