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Dr. Kildare Goes Home (1940)

 -  Drama  -  6 September 1940 (USA)
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Dr. James Kildare has just completed his internship at Blair General Hospital and is assigned to work with his mentor, Dr. Leonard Gillespie. But fearing for the health of his father, Dr. ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Samuel S. Hinds ...
George Winslow
John Shelton ...
Dr. Davidson
Nat Pendleton ...
Emma Dunn ...
Alma Kruger ...
Walter Kingsford ...
Nell Craig ...
Cliff Danielson ...
Dr. Jordan
Henry Wadsworth ...
Tom Collins ...
George Reed ...
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Dr. James Kildare has just completed his internship at Blair General Hospital and is assigned to work with his mentor, Dr. Leonard Gillespie. But fearing for the health of his father, Dr. Stephen Kildare, he returns to his parents home in Parkersville to help him with his excessive workload servicing a wide area ever since other doctors moved elsewhere. Noting that three doctors at Blair General are doing menial jobs because they can't start practice, Kildare conceives the idea of building a clinic in Parkersville to be serviced by the three doctors and financed by the townsfolk paying ten cents a week to subscribe to the service. But influential men in Parkersville provide serious opposition to the plan. Written by Arthur Hausner <>

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6 September 1940 (USA)  »

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Dr. Leonard Gillespie: [addressing graduating interns] Gentlemen, I salute you. You're about to go out and engage yourself in the noble profession of practicing medicine. Well my heart bleeds for you. But since we're all aware of what you'll have to face, perhaps you'll accept a few hints from a man old enough to know better. Never expect to get a good night's sleep. Many illnesses start at noon, but nobody ever seems to call the doctor before midnight. No matter how ill the patient is, you'll have more trouble with ...
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A bit better than the last few Kildare films
16 May 2009 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

While the characters in the Dr. Kildare films are quite likable as is the dialog, a major problem in some of the early films in the series is that Kildare just doesn't behave very logically and yet the films work out in the end (sort of like Curious George, now that I think about it). In one, the doctor treats a gunshot victim and doesn't disclose this to the police--even though this violated the law and should have resulted in either criminal prosecution or loss of license or both. In two others, Kildare behaves like a psychiatrist, even though he has no training in the field and once again, he's right and everyone else is wrong. It seems that there is nothing that this young doc can't do! In DR. KILDARE GOES HOME, fortunately, there is a greater sense of logic to the film and as a result, this film didn't make me want to throw something at my TV.

The film begins with Kildare calling home to talk with his father. However, once again, the older doctor isn't home. Due to his mother's tone of voice, he assumes something is amiss despite her assertions that everything is fine, so he hops a train home. There, he finds that his dad is working himself to exhaustion because a nearby town has lost their doctors and so he now has a ton of new patients. Young Kildare comes up with an idea to create a clinic in this town to relieve his father's burden. Unfortunately, there seems to be a lot of resistance and the town seems quite happy working Kildare, Sr. to death! What will they do?! Overall, a very good addition to the series as logic (for once) prevails.

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