Doctors' Wives (1971 film)

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Doctors' Wives
Doctors' Wives FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by George Schaefer
Produced by M.J. Frankovich
Frankovich Productions
Written by Frank Slaughter
Daniel Taradash
Starring Dyan Cannon
Gene Hackman
Carroll O'Connor
Richard Crenna
Rachel Roberts
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Cinematography Charles Lang
Edited by Carl Kress
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
  • February 3, 1971 (1971-02-03)
Running time
101 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Doctors' Wives is a 1971 American drama film directed by George Schaefer[1] and starring Dyan Cannon, Gene Hackman, Carroll O'Connor, Richard Crenna, Janice Rule, John Colicos, and Rachel Roberts. It was based on a novel by Frank G. Slaughter. The theme song, "The Costume Ball", was sung by Mama Cass Elliot.


While playing cards with her girlfriends, all of whom suspect their doctor husbands of having affairs, Lorrie Dellman volunteers to seduce each of them to find out more.

The plan backfires when Lorrie is caught in bed with Paul McGill by her husband, brain surgeon Dr. Mort Dellman, who shoots them both.

Dr. Pete Brennan is able to save McGill's life, but Lorrie is dead. Brennan is fed up with wife Amy and her migraines. He is having an affair with Helen, a nurse.

Dr. Dave Randolph is a psychiatrist. His wife, Della, is frigid. Randolph discovers that she's had a lesbian relationship with the late Lorrie.

Maggie, an alcoholic, is found face-down in her swimming pool by Dr. Joe Gray, her husband.

With all of their lives in turmoil, they attend Lorrie's funeral, where Helen reveals that her young son needs a brain operation. The doctors agree that Dr. Dellman is the man best suited to do the surgery, but Dellman is in jail for having shot his wife.

The district attorney, Douglas, agrees to release the surgeon for a few hours to perform the surgery, under a police guard. He is unaware that Dellman has made a deal with Lorrie's wealthy father, Jake Porter, to help him flee to Mexico as soon as the operation is done.


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  1. ^ "Doctor's Wives". TCM database. Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved February 20, 2016. 

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