By People Staff
September 06, 1982 12:00 PM

Garry Marshall, who created TV’s Laverne & Shirley, Happy Days and Mork & Mindy, directs his first feature film, and it should surprise no one. Young Doctors is light, funny, lightning-paced and (unshackled by TV’s mores) bawdy. Similar in spirit to Airplane!, this film relies on ensemble acting, visual gags, bedpan jokes and pratfalls to achieve its scattershot effect. The plot ostensibly involves a group of young doctors new to hospital life. That affords Marshall an opportunity to pair off his large cast sexually, and to spoof every TV medical show from Ben Casey to General Hospital. There are cameo appearances from some soap opera players, among them Steven (The Young and the Restless) Ford, General Hospital’s Stuart Damon, Kin Shriner and Jackie Zeman, and Susan (All My Children) Lucci. Among the featured actors, only Dabney Coleman as the hectored hospital administrator and Harry Dean Stanton as a crazed pathologist are energetic enough to rise above Marshall’s frantic plotline, though Saul Rubinek as the pathologist’s lackey has his moments. Marshall, like Mel Brooks, is irrepressible, and—also like Brooks—when he errs, it is most often in exhausting a good idea. (R)

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