The Blackwell Story (1957)

Genres - Drama, Historical Film  |   Sub-Genres - Biopic [feature], Feminist Film  |   Run Time - 74 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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The Blackwell Story is based on Lloyd C. Douglas' The First Woman Doctor. Joanne Dru stars as Elizabeth Blackwell, who in 1849 became the first woman ever to receive a doctor's degree in the United States. Turned down by every other university, Elizabeth was accepted by New York State's Geneva College of Medicine, but only because the admissions people mistook "E. Blackwell" for a man. When the mistake was revealed, Elizabeth was very nearly sent packing--until one member of the board of directors intervened in her behalf. This 75-minute film was originally presented as a Playhouse 90 TV drama on February 28, 1957.

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doctor, Equal-Rights, medical-school, woman, women's-issues