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Calling Dr. Kildare (1939)

Passed  -  Crime | Drama  -  28 April 1939 (USA)
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Dr. Gillespie tries to teach Jimmy Kildare a lesson by tossing him into a street clinic. Only Kildare gets called to take a bullet out of a suspected murderer, and when the cops collar him ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr, James Kildare
Nat Pendleton ...
Samuel S. Hinds ...
Dr. Stephen Kildare (as Samuel Hinds)
Lynne Carver ...
Emma Dunn ...
Walter Kingsford ...
Alma Kruger ...
Harlan Briggs ...
James Galt
Henry Hunter ...
Harry Galt
Marie Blake ...
Phillip Terry ...
Roger Converse ...


Dr. Gillespie tries to teach Jimmy Kildare a lesson by tossing him into a street clinic. Only Kildare gets called to take a bullet out of a suspected murderer, and when the cops collar him for it, he has to try and prove his patient's innocence, especially for his sister Rosalie's sake. Written by Kathy Li

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28 April 1939 (USA)  »

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Dr. Kildare's Mistake  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Dr. Leonard Gillespie: You know we haven't the faintest idea yet what doctors can really do. Why, there's enough money, time and labor lost through illness to pay all the debts on Earth - to say nothing of the tragedy that's caused when some little pay envelope's shy two day's wages. But there's a day coming - I won't live to see it - when man, who didn't ask to be put on this Earth, will be guaranteed by all the resources of the human race his right to health added to his rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of ...
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Young Dr. K is at it again
27 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In Calling Dr. Kildare, James Kildare is in even worse trouble than he was in "Young Dr. Kildare." This time, he's gotten involved with a young boy who was shot and is being sought for a murder he says he didn't commit. Kildare helps him and doesn't report the bullet wound to the police. That's one infraction. More heinous than that - he falls hook, line and sinker for Lana Turner! At this point, Jimmy is more or less juggling three women in his noncommittal fashion - except of course he's committed himself to the seductive Turner. There's Alice (Lynne Carver), pining away in Kildare's hometown - where she'll continue to pine - and the very pretty Mary Lamont (Laraine Day) who obviously is interested in him. On top of everything else, he has to deal with the irascible Dr. Gillespie (Lionel Barrymore) - it'll be a few years before he mellows out, and by then, James will have left the hospital.

I liked this one better than the first in the series. It is predicated on a realistic incident - the shooting - not necessarily the doctor sticking his neck out to help. And Laraine Day is a wonderful addition as Mary.

All in all, a good entry into the "Dr. Kildare" series with a future MGM star on hand.

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