Ben Casey

Ben Casey Cast

Series Description

The Ben Casey TV show was a 60 minute medical drama series on ABC which took place at County General Hospital. The main character on the show was Doctor Ben Casey who aggressively fought for his patients rights! If a patient's relative wasn't visiting, he'd "chew them out". If the hospital administration wouldn't provide an expensive treatment for a patient with no insurance, he'd remind them of their oath! He was kind of a "Doctor Kildare with an attitude"!

Ben Casey Broadcast History:

First Two Seasons: Monday Nights from 10:00 to 11:00 PM on ABC
Third Season: Wednesday Nights from 9:00 to 10:00 on ABC
Last Two Seasons: Monday Nights from 10:00 to 11:00 PM on ABC

Ben Casey Cast

Vince Edwards .... Doctor Ben Casey
Sam Jaffe .... Doctor David Zorba
Bettye Ackerman .... Doctor Maggie Graham
Harry Landers .... Doctor Ted Hoffman
Nick Dennis .... Nick Kanavaras
Jeanne Bates .... Nurse Wills

Ben Casey Trivia

Vince Edwards was discovered by Bing Crosby. Bing's production company produced the Ben Casey TV show.

Another medical series began in the same season as Ben Casey on rival network NBC. "Dr. Kildare (1961)" starring Richard Chamberlain was constantly being compared to Ben Casey for that reason. Once, when Vince Edwards (Ben Casey) heard rumors that he and Chamberlain really disliked each other, it really upset him. He stated, "A little success breeds a feud, or the feud is bred by a lot of loud mouths looking to put the knock on the two guys involved. Competition is good for a long healthy life. If you want to call Dick competition, that's alright with me, because knowing he's got a good TV show only makes me want to try harder to come up with one of my own that lives up to the Ben Casey seal of perfection."

Vince Edwards eventually began directing the Ben Casey show's episodes. The crew nicknamed him, "The Image". When executive producer Matthew Rapf asked about having Edwards also directing, he said, "Well, I'll tell you one thing, it's a sure way to get the star to cooperate with the director".

In reflecting on how he got the idea for Ben Casey, series creator James E. Moser said, "One day I was walking through Los Angeles General Hospital and I came upon a redheaded neurosurgeon. He was snapping into a telephone, 'Damn it. Stop having hysterics!' I knew that I had found a new type hero for a medical TV show."

In comparing television to movies, Vince Edwards once said, "There's a place to sell filet mignon and a place to sell hot dogs. Television is hot dogs."

As with most series, changes were made to Ben Casey in the final season to boost ratings and save the show. Doctor Zorba left the show and was replaced by Doctor Daniel Freeland as the Chief of Surgery. Ben Casey developed a love interest with Jane Hancock, a woman who recovered from a 13-year-long coma. Also, rather that each episode standing on its own, scripts were written to flow continuously from one episode to another, enticing viewers to tune in next week to find out what happened.

Opening Narrative

(Sam Jaffe's voice as Doctor David Zorba:)

"Man, Woman, Birth, Death, Infinity."

Episodes List With Original Air Dates

Season 1

  1. To The Pure (10/2/1961)
  2. But Linda Only Smiled (10/9/1961)
  3. The Insolent Heart (10/16/1961)
  4. I Remember A Lemon Tree (10/23/1961)
  5. An Expensive Glass Of Water (10/30/1961)
  6. The Sound Of Laughter (11/6/1961)
  7. A Few Brief Lines For Dave (11/13/1961)
  8. Pavane For A Gentle Lady (11/20/1961)
  9. My Good Friend Krikor (11/27/1961)
  10. The Sweet Kiss Of Madness (12/4/1961)
  11. A Certain Time, A Certain Darkness (12/11/1961)
  12. A Dark Night For Billy Harris (12/18/1961)
  13. And If I Die (1/1/1962)
  14. A Memory Of Candy Stripes (1/8/1962)
  15. Imagine A Long, Bright Corridor (1/15/1962)
  16. A Story To Be Told Softly (1/22/1962)
  17. The Big Trouble with Charlie (1/29/1962)
  18. Give My Hands An Epitaph (2/5/1962)
  19. Victory Wears A Cruel Smile (2/12/1962)
  20. Odyssey Of A Proud Suitcase (2/19/1962)
  21. Behold A Pale Horse (2/26/1962)
  22. For The Ladybug, One Dozen Roses (3/5/1962)
  23. To A Grand And Natural Finale (3/12/1962)
  24. Monument To An Aged Hunter (3/19/1962)
  25. All The Clocks Are Ticking (3/26/1962)
  26. Among Others A Girl Named Abilene (4/2/1962)
  27. A Pleasant Thing For The Eyes (4/16/1962)
  28. And Eve Wore A Veil Of Tears (4/23/1962)
  29. Preferably, The Less-Used Arm (4/30/1962)
  30. An Uncommonly Innocent Killing (5/7/1962)
  31. So Oft It Chances In Particular Men (5/21/1962)
  32. When You See An Evil Man (5/28/1962)
Season 2
  1. Mrs. McBroom And The Cloud Watcher (10/1/1962)
  2. The Night That Nothing Happened (10/8/1962)
  3. In The Name Of Love, A Small Corruption (10/15/1962)
  4. Legacy From A Stranger (10/22/1962)
  5. Go Not Gently Into The Night (10/29/1962)
  6. Behold! They Walk An Ancient Road (11/5/1962)
  7. Of All Save Pain Bereft (11/12/1962)
  8. And Even Death Shall Die (11/19/1962)
  9. The Fireman Who Raised Rabbits (11/26/1962)
  10. Between Summer And Winter, The Glorious Season (12/3/1962)
  11. I Hear America Singing (12/10/1962)
  12. Pack Up All My Cares And Woes (12/17/1962)
  13. Saturday, Surgery And Stanley Shultz (12/31/1962)
  14. I'll Be Alright In The Morning (1/7/1963)
  15. A Cardinal Act Of Mercy - Part 1 (1/14/1963)
  16. A Cardinal Act Of Mercy - Part 2 (1/21/1963)
  17. Use Neon For My Epitaph (1/28/1963)
  18. He Thought He Saw An Albatross (2/4/1963)
  19. A Short Biographical Sketch Of James Tuttle Peabody, M.D. (2/11/1963)
  20. A Hundred More Pipers (2/18/1963)
  21. Suffer The Little Children (2/25/1963)
  22. Rigadoon For Three Pianos (3/4/1963)
  23. The White Ones Are Dolphins (3/11/1963)
  24. Will Everyone Who Believes In Terry Dunne Please Applaud? (3/18/1963)
  25. For I Will Plait Thy Hair With Gold (3/25/1963)
  26. Father Was An Intern (4/1/1963)
  27. Rage Against The Dying Light (4/15/1963)
  28. La Vie, La Vie Interieur (4/22/1963)
  29. My Enemy Is A Bright Green Sparrow (4/29/1963)
  30. Lullaby For Billy Digman (5/6/1963)
  31. Hang No Hats on Dreams (5/13/1963)
Season 3
  1. For This Relief, Much Thanks (9/9/1963)
  2. Justice To A Microbe (9/18/1963)
  3. With The Rich And Mighty, Always A Little Patience (9/25/1963)
  4. Allie (10/2/1963)
  5. If There Were Dreams To Sell (10/9/1963)
  6. The Echo Of A Silent Cheer - Part 1 (10/16/1963)
  7. The Echo Of A Silent Cheer - Part 2 (10/23/1963)
  8. Little Drops Of Water, Little Grains Of Sand (10/30/1963)
  9. Light Up The Dark Corners (11/6/1963)
  10. Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast (11/13/1963)
  11. Fire In A Sacred Fruit Tree (11/20/1963)
  12. Dispel The Black Cyclone That Shakes The Throne (11/27/1963)
  13. My Love, My Love (12/4/1963)
  14. From Too Much Love Of Living (12/11/1963)
  15. It Is Getting Dark ... And We Are Lost (12/18/1963)
  16. The Last Splintered Spoke On The Old Burlesque Wheel (12/25/1963)
  17. The Light That Loses, The Night That Wins (1/1/1964)
  18. I'll Get On My Icefloe And Wave Goodbye (1/8/1964)
  19. The Only Place Where They Know My Name (1/15/1964)
  20. There Once Was A Man In The Land Of Uz (1/22/1964)
  21. One Nation Indivisible (1/29/1964)
  22. Goodbye To Blue Elephants And Such (2/5/1964)
  23. The Bark Of A Three-Headed Hound (2/12/1964)
  24. The Sound Of One Hand Clapping (2/19/1964)
  25. A Falcon's Eye, A Lion's Heart, And A Girl's Hand (2/26/1964)
  26. The Lonely Ones (3/4/1964)
  27. Keep Out Of Reach Of Adults (3/11/1964)
  28. Dress My Doll Pretty (3/18/1964)
  29. Onions And Mustard Seed Will Make Her Weep (3/25/1964)
  30. Make Me The First American (4/1/1964)
  31. Heap Logs And Let The Blaze Laugh Out (4/8/1964)
  32. For Just A Man Falleth Seven Times (4/15/1964)
  33. Evidence Of Things Not Seen (4/22/1964)
Season 4
  1. August Is The Month Before Christmas (9/14/1964)
  2. A Bird In The Solitude Singing (9/21/1964)
  3. But Who Shall Beat The Drums? (9/28/1964)
  4. Autumn Without Red Leaves (10/5/1964)
  5. You Fish Or You Cut Bait (10/12/1964)
  6. For Jimmy, The Best Of Everything (10/19/1964)
  7. A Woods Full Of Question Marks (10/26/1964)
  8. A Thousand Words Are Mute (11/9/1964)
  9. Money, A Horse, And A Knowledge Of Latin (11/16/1964)
  10. A Disease Of The Heart Called Love (11/23/1964)
  11. Kill The Dream, But Spare The Dreamer (11/30/1964)
  12. Courage At 3 A.M. (12/7/1964)
  13. This Wild, Wild, Wild Waltzing World (12/14/1964)
  14. A Boy Is Standing Outside The Door (1/4/1965)
  15. Where Does The Boomerang Go? (1/11/1965)
  16. Pas De Deux (1/18/1965)
  17. Every Other Minute, It's The End Of The World (1/25/1965)
  18. A Rambling Discourse On Egyptian Water Clocks (2/1/1965)
  19. When I Am Grown To Man's Estate (2/8/1965)
  20. A Man, A Maid, And A Marionette (2/22/1965)
  21. A Dipperful Of Water From A Poisoned Well (3/1/1965)
  22. A Little Fun To Match The Sorrow (3/8/1965)
  23. Minus That Rusty Old Hacksaw (3/15/1965)
  24. Eulogy In Four Flats (3/22/1965)
  25. Three Li'l Lambs (3/29/1965)
  26. A Slave Is On The Throne (4/12/1965)
  27. Journeys End In Lovers Meeting (4/19/1965)
  28. The Day They Stole County General (4/26/1965)
  29. Did Your Mother Come From Ireland, Ben Casey? (5/3/1965)
  30. From Sutter's Crick...and Beyond Farewell (5/10/1965)
  31. A Horse Named Stravinsky (5/17/1965)
Season 5
  1. War Of Nerves (9/13/1965)
  2. O' The Big Wheel Turns By Faith (9/20/1965)
  3. A Nightingale Named Nathan (9/27/1965)
  4. Run For Your Lives, Dr. Galanos Practices Here (10/4/1965)
  5. Because Of The Needle, The Haystack Was Lost (10/11/1965)
  6. What To Her Is Plato? (10/18/1965)
  7. Francini? Who Is Francini? (10/25/1965)
  8. Then I, And You, And All Of Us Fall Down (11/1/1965)
  9. No More, Cried The Rooster -- There Will Be Truth (11/8/1965)
  10. The Importance Of Being 65937 (11/15/1965)
  11. When Givers Prove Unkind (11/22/1965)
  12. The Man From Quasilia (11/29/1965)
  13. Why Did The Day Go Backwards? (12/6/1965)
  14. If You Really Want To Know What Goes on In A Hospital... (12/20/1965)
  15. If You Play Your Cards Right, You Too Can Be A Loser (12/27/1965)
  16. In Case Of Emergency, Cry Havoc (1/3/1966)
  17. Meantime, We Shall Express Our Darker Purpose (1/10/1966)
  18. For San Diego, You Need A Different Bus (1/17/1966)
  19. Smile, Baby, Smile, It's Only Twenty Dols Of Pain (1/24/1966)
  20. Fun And Games And Other Tragic Things (1/31/1966)
  21. Weave Nets To Catch The Wind (2/7/1966)
  22. Lullaby For A Wind-Up Toy (2/14/1966)
  23. Where Did All The Roses Go? (2/21/1966)
  24. Twenty Six Ways To Spell Heartbreak, A,B,C,D,E,F (2/28/1966)
  25. Pull The Wool Over Your Eyes, Here Comes The Cold Wind Of Truth (3/12/1966)
  26. Then, Suddenly, Panic (3/21/1966)

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