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Release Date:
6 September 1940 (USA) See more »
Dr. James Kildare has just completed his internship at Blair General Hospital and is assigned to work with his mentor... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Lew Ayres ... Dr. James Kildare

Lionel Barrymore ... Dr. Leonard Gillespie

Laraine Day ... Mary Lamont
Samuel S. Hinds ... Dr. Stephen Kildare

Gene Lockhart ... George Winslow
John Shelton ... Dr. Davidson

Nat Pendleton ... Wayman
Emma Dunn ... Mrs. Martha Kildare
Alma Kruger ... Molly Byrd
Walter Kingsford ... Dr. Walter Carew
Nell Craig ... Nurse Parker
Cliff Danielson ... Dr. Jordan
Henry Wadsworth ... Collins
Tom Collins ... Joiner
George Reed ... Conover (as George H. Reed)
Donald Briggs ... Mr. Brownlee
Leona Maricle ... Mrs. Brownlee
Archie Twitchell ... Bates

Marie Blake ... Sally
Charles Trowbridge ... Atkinson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eddie Acuff ... Clifford Genet - an Orderly (uncredited)

Erville Alderson ... Boylston - City Council Member (uncredited)
Arthur Aylesworth ... Mr. Cobb - a Farmer (uncredited)

Barbara Bedford ... Carew's Secretary (uncredited)
Jack Carr ... Dr. Marsh (uncredited)
Mary Cecil ... Mrs. Deering (uncredited)
George Chandler ... Parkersville Counterman (uncredited)
Ken Christy ... Dickson - City Council Member (uncredited)
Jane Drummond ... Nurse Probationer (uncredited)
Ralph Dunn ... Motorcycle Cop (uncredited)
Bob Ingersoll ... Carpenter Adding Sign on Door (uncredited)

Claire McDowell ... Nurse for Mr. Winslow (uncredited)

Horace McMahon ... Foghorn Murphy (uncredited)

Arthur O'Connell ... New Interne (uncredited)
Frank Orth ... Mike Ryan (uncredited)
Milton Parsons ... Parkersville Crazy Man (uncredited)
Ruth Robinson ... Mother of Baby (uncredited)
Ferris Taylor ... Dr. Coldridge (uncredited)
Kay Vallon ... Nurse Shaw (uncredited)

Directed by
Harold S. Bucquet 
Writing credits
Harry Ruskin (screen play) and
Willis Goldbeck (screen play)

Max Brand (based on an original story by) and
Willis Goldbeck (based on an original story by)

Carey Wilson  uncredited

Original Music by
David Snell (musical score)
Cinematography by
Harold Rosson (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Howard O'Neill (film editor)
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis (set decorations)
Production Management
Jerry Bresler .... unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sandy Roth .... assistant director (uncredited)
Walter Strohm .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Eddie Imazu .... associate art director
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dolly Tree .... wardrobe
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

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79 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
USA:TV-G | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #6572)

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Mary MacLaren is in studio records/casting call lists for the role of "Crying Woman," but she did not appear or was not identifiable in the movie.See more »
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...
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
cool film, 2 March 2008
Author: blanche-2 from United States

"Dr. Kildare Goes Home," made in 1940, is a particularly interesting entry into the series. Kildare, made a staff doctor, realizes that his dad (Samuel S. Hinds) is exhausted from keeping up with his practice and wants to help him. He takes some doctors who can't find jobs and they start a clinic in one of Kildare Sr.'s practice area. The idea behind it is that everyone pays ten cents a week for medical care. This will keep the salaries paid and support the work needed on the ill people. Also, the emphasis of the clinic is on prevention and staying healthy. This is health insurance today, which wants everyone to stay healthy and not need medical facilities. Instead of a dime, though, it's thousands per year. I did find that whole subject matter in 1940 fascinating.

The next fascinating thing is that Dr. Gillespie goes to watch a rare operation done by a brilliant black doctor (Jack Carr). Carr, a very well spoken actor, is uncredited in the film. This is a different kind of depiction of blacks than one is used to seeing in these old movies, and it's similar to "Crash Dive," where a black member of the submarine unit is the same as everyone else.

These things make "Dr. Kildare Goes Home" a cut above, and the story moves along with Kildare and Mary setting the date. I love the scenes between Mary Boyd (Alma Kruger) and Dr. Gillespie (Lionel Barrymore) the best. When he compliments her appearance, he says, "You must have lost 15 pounds." She says, "I've gained eight. What do you want me to do that's illegal?" Highly entertaining.

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