His job is saving lives, but he needs to learn how to live one... Hollywood great Robert Mitchum is Dr. Lucas Marsh, a student doctor blinded by unrelenting ambition. Having married an affluent older woman (Olivia de Havilland) in order to pay his medical school bills, the doctor finds himself indifferent towards his wife and passionate only about his work. Marsh climbs his way to the top, systematically exploiting others to further his career. Will this medical man redeem himself, when the fate of his best friend lies in his hands? Based on the bestselling Morton Thompson novel, this 1955 adaptation was the debut for maverick director Stanley Kramer, who Stephen Spielberg described as an "incredibly talented visionary".