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Release Date:
16 April 1937 (USA) See more »
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Barbara Stanwyck ... Janet Haley

Joel McCrea ... James Kildare

Lloyd Nolan ... Hanlon
Stanley Ridges ... Innes

Lee Bowman ... Interne Weeks
Barry Macollum ... Stooly Martin
Irving Bacon ... Jeff
Steve Pendleton ... Interne Jones (as Gaylord Pendleton)

Pierre Watkin ... Dr. Fearson

Charles Lane ... Grote
James Bush ... Haines
Nick Lukats ... Interne
Anthony Nace ... Dr. Riley
Fay Holden ... Mother Teresa
Frank Bruno ... Eddie
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Adamson ... Porter (uncredited)
Agostino Borgato ... Popcorn Vendor (uncredited)
Helen Brown ... Nurse (uncredited)
May Carlson ... Ora (uncredited)
Pat Church ... Chloe (uncredited)
Harvey Clark ... Cashier (uncredited)
Dora Clement ... Miss Blaine (uncredited)
Nick Copeland ... Man in Bookie's Office (uncredited)
Jack Daley ... Man in Bookie's Office (uncredited)
Lillian Dean ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Evelyn Dockson ... Huge Woman (uncredited)

Ellen Drew ... Nurse (uncredited)
Yvonne Dunkerley ... Girl (uncredited)
Eddie Dunn ... Ambulance Driver (uncredited)
Sam Finn ... Hood (uncredited)

Mack Gray ... Second Mug (uncredited)
Maryon Hall ... Secretary (uncredited)
Lillian Harmer ... Mrs. Mooney - Landlady (uncredited)
Grace Hayle ... Patient (uncredited)
George Hunter ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Elmer Jerome ... Wipey (uncredited)
Mimi Lawler ... Nun (uncredited)
Priscilla Lawson ... Nurse (uncredited)

George Lynn ... Joe (uncredited)
Herman Marks ... Hood (uncredited)
Frank Marlowe ... Man in Bookie's Office (uncredited)
John 'Skins' Miller ... Weasel (uncredited)
Charles R. Moore ... Elevator Operator (uncredited)
Frances Morris ... Nurse (uncredited)

Jack Mulhall ... First Mug (uncredited)
Rita Owin ... Miss Norton (uncredited)
Jean Peterson ... Frances (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Bus Announcer (uncredited)
Rose Plumer ... Patient (uncredited)
Jack Raymond ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
John 'Beans' Reardon ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Bryson Rogers ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Marty Santell ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Betty Sayles ... Nun (uncredited)
Alexander Schoenberg ... Violinist (uncredited)
Charles Sherlock ... Man in Bookie's Office (uncredited)
Gertrude Simpson ... Stout Woman (uncredited)
Donna Staley ... Girl (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... Hood (uncredited)
Emma Tansey ... Patient (uncredited)

Harry Tyler ... Bookie (uncredited)
May Wallace ... Mother Superior (uncredited)
Lucille Ward ... Mother (uncredited)
Lillian West ... Admittance Clerk (uncredited)
Gloria Williams ... Nurse (uncredited)

Directed by
Alfred Santell 
Writing credits
Rian James (screenplay) and
Theodore Reeves (screenplay)

Max Brand (story)

Produced by
Benjamin Glazer .... producer
Original Music by
Gregory Stone 
Friedrich Hollaender (uncredited)
Bernhard Kaun (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Theodor Sparkuhl 
Film Editing by
Doane Harrison 
Art Direction by
Roland Anderson 
Hans Dreier 
Costume Design by
Travis Banton 
Makeup Department
Wally Westmore .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Roland Asher .... assistant director
Art Department
A.E. Freudeman .... interior decorator
Roland Anderson .... associate production designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Harold Lewis .... sound recordist
Louis Mesenkop .... sound recordist
Music Department
Boris Morros .... musical director
Charles Kisco .... music advisor (uncredited)
Victor Young .... conductor (uncredited)
Other crew
Adolph Zukor .... presenter
John J. Toma .... technical advisor (uncredited)

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78 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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First in the Dr. Kildare series. MGM continued the series and recast Lew Ayres as Dr. Kildare.See more »
Continuity: During the bar-room conversation (c.16 minutes) the coffee cup on the table disappears, re-appears and moves between shots.See more »
James Kildare:[With contempt to Janet] Next time you pick a man's pocket, don't do it in front of a mirror!See more »


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30 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
B plot + A production = Dr. Kildare with atmosphere, 19 July 2000

An exceptionally flavorful rendering of the Depression atmosphere: a world of the poor laboring in sweatshop jobs, petty hoods hanging out in smoky bars, backroom bookie joints, pushcart vendors and bus terminals and orphanages. While the plot is no more ambitious than the typical B movie of the time, the high production values, name cast, and imaginative direction from Alfred Santell all boost the quality.

At the center of the plot, Barbara Stanwyck spends much of the film in desperation mode, exhausted from searching for her lost child, beaten down by two years in jail, forced to hire stool pigeons, forced to stay alert.

Joel McCrea makes the ideal American hero for the 30's: not only a doctor, but tall, blond, honest, sincere, manly, and progressive. At one point, he has to perform an operation on a bar room table, improvising with violin strings, an ice pick, and a bottle of rum! But this is not MGM's Dr. Kildare. He has no warm relationship with a kindly old mentor; instead, the chief doctor is an authority figure upholding the rules, dismissing Lee Bowman for unauthorized experimentation. The script also pumps up sympathy for interns as underpaid workers who get only $10 a month.

As a gangster, the always fascinating Stanley Ridges conveys the calm of a man secure in his power, whose eye movements size up his adversaries and whose silences reveal more menace than mere words. Watch the sexual innuendo he finds in his "I didn't always like popcorn" speech.

Santell uses extreme close-ups and moves the camera often, aided by gleaming lighting from Theodore Sparkuhl, plus some knock-out sets, including a sparkling white Art Deco clinic and an elaborately detailed New York Irish bar. Watch how economically Santell works to show the awakening of mutual attraction between Stanwyck and McCrea in their first scene together. Also lifting the picture out of its formula origins is the headlong pace Santell maintains to the climax, an urgency lost in the blander MGM series.

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