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Max Brand (story)
Willis Goldbeck (writer)
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Release Date:
24 November 1939 (USA) See more »
Dr. Gillespie's cancer has gotten worse, and to force him to take a rest instead of pursuing a sulfa-drug/pneumonia study... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Lew Ayres ... Dr. James 'Jimmy' Kildare

Lionel Barrymore ... Dr. Leonard Barry Gillespie

Lionel Atwill ... Paul Messenger
Helen Gilbert ... Nancy Messenger

Nat Pendleton ... Joe Wayman

Laraine Day ... Nurse Mary Lamont
Sara Haden ... Nora
Samuel S. Hinds ... Dr. Stephen Kildare
Emma Dunn ... Mrs. Martha Kildare
Walter Kingsford ... Dr. S.J. Carew

Grant Mitchell ... John Xerxes Archley
Alma Kruger ... Head Nurse Molly Byrd
Robert Kent ... Charles Herron

Marie Blake ... Sally - Telephone Operator
Martha O'Driscoll ... Mrs. Roberts
Nell Craig ... Nurse 'Nosey' Parker
George Reed ... Conover
Frank Orth ... Mike Sullivan
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Walter Baldwin ... Finch (uncredited)

Don 'Red' Barry ... Collins - Intern (uncredited)
George Chandler ... Pay Orderly (uncredited)
Tom Collins ... Dr. Joiner (uncredited)
Alec Craig ... Telephone Repair Man (uncredited)
Byron Foulger ... Hospital Attendant (uncredited)
Mitchell Lewis ... Adam - Nora's Gardener (uncredited)
Matt McHugh ... Messenger's Chauffeur (uncredited)
Emory Parnell ... Policeman on Gaylor Ave. (uncredited)
William Tannen ... Bates - Intern (uncredited)
Joe Yule ... Lunch Room Counterman (uncredited)

Directed by
Harold S. Bucquet 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Max Brand  story
Willis Goldbeck  writer
Harry Ruskin  writer

Produced by
Lou L. Ostrow .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
David Snell 
Cinematography by
Alfred Gilks 
Film Editing by
Frank E. Hull  (as Frank Hull)
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis 
Production Management
Charles Stallings .... unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles Dorian .... second unit director (uncredited)
Horace Hough .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Randall Duell .... associate art director
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dolly Tree .... wardrobe
Other crew
Frank Clarke .... pilot (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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84 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Finland:S | Sweden:Btl | USA:Approved | USA:TV-G | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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Sally, Telephone Operator:Oh, diamonds on men are vulgar.
Joe Wayman:I wish I was vulgar...
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What Service Blair General Hospital Provides?, 28 December 2011
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

In real life if Donald Trump had a daughter like Helen Gilbert with all kinds of ailments we would be catering to her I have no doubt the way Walter Kingsford as head of Blair General Hospital is catering to Gilbert's father Lionel Atwill. Of course Kingsford turns the problem over to Lionel Barrymore who in turn gets Lew Ayres to do the actual work.

Which consists of being introduced as an eligible young man by Atwill to his daughter and Ayres to start dating her up to observe her behavior from a medical perspective. You know that's going to cause a problem for Ayres because his relationship with nurse Laraine Day who was introduced to the Blair General Hospital staff and the Dr. Kildare series in the previous film.

Best thing about a somewhat silly episode is the performance of Grant Mitchell as a quack doctor who Gilbert gets involved with. The Dr. Feelgood of his time.

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