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Young Dr. Kildare (1938)

 -  Drama  -  14 October 1938 (USA)
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Fresh out of medical school, young Dr. James Kildare decides to leave his father's country practice and take up a position at a large New York hospital. There he meets the famous Dr. ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Lynne Carver ...
Nat Pendleton ...
Jo Ann Sayers ...
Barbara Chanler
Samuel S. Hinds ...
Emma Dunn ...
Walter Kingsford ...
Truman Bradley ...
Jack Hamilton
Monty Woolley ...
Dr. Lane-Porteus
Pierre Watkin ...
Mr. Robert Chanler
Mrs. Chanler
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Jessie Arnold ...
Crazy Girl (scenes deleted)
Drew Demorest ...
Reporter (scenes deleted) (as Drew Demarest)
Grace Hayle ...
Stout Lady (scenes deleted)


Fresh out of medical school, young Dr. James Kildare decides to leave his father's country practice and take up a position at a large New York hospital. There he meets the famous Dr. Leonard Gillespie who becomes his mentor. Kildare finds himself in serious trouble when he saves a suicidal woman who turns out to be an heiress with a powerful family. Written by Col Needham <>

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14 October 1938 (USA)  »

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Young Dr. Kildare  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Feature directorial debut of Harold S. Bucquet. See more »


Followed by The Secret of Dr. Kildare (1939) See more »

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Extremely naive, but nevertheless charming first addition to the series...
30 July 2011 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Well-scrubbed medical student from the sticks interns at a New York City hospital and quickly gets on the wrong side of the Chief of Staff, as well as crotchety veteran old Dr. Gillespie (who insults everyone from his wheelchair!). The character of Jimmy Kildare was first introduced in Paramount's "Interns Can't Take Money" from 1937, with Joel McCrea in the role; MGM took over from there, turning the rather ordinary medical scenario into a long-running movie series. Lew Ayres is calm and patient as Dr. Kildare, though his exceptionally sane demeanor comes off as rather maddening alongside the many hotheads who dot the supporting cast (most of whom overact shamelessly). Kildare doesn't even react after his superiors strip him of his duties--instead, he glows with quiet pride in the knowledge that he did his job properly. Lionel Barrymore gives the film a bit of spark and sass as Gillespie, and some of the dialogue is sharp and amusing, but the subplot about a suicidal heiress is ridiculously summed up and topped with an unconvincing bow. ** from ****

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