Dr. Jimmy Kildare and Nurse Mary Lamont are all sent to get married and her brother Doug Lamont has come to New York. When Jimmy meets him he notices strange behavior on his part such as sudden inattention or acting as if he was hearing sounds that are non-existent. The doctor starts to diagnose him and comes to the conclusion that he probably has epilepsy, a hereditary disease that could conceivably affect Mary as well, even though she has never shown any symptoms. Dr. Kildare is worried about this part of medicine and how you tell someone that they have a disease that they can do nothing about. It's left to Dr. Leonard Gillespie to come up with a solution and ensure that Jimmy and Mary can still get married. Written by
The Medical Society of New York wrote a letter to the PCA protesting the way epilepsy was presented in the movie. They objected to the claims that epilepsy is inherited, that it is curable and that it leads to insanity. See more »
When Dr Gillispie finishes reading the note from Mary, he says "Fine girl, that Mary" and puts the note on his desk with a thump, and with the next cut, it immediately appears in Dr. Kildare's hands. See more »
Although the description of the causes and treatment of epilepsy make this a below par entry in the Dr. Kildare series, Dr. Kildare's Crisis is as much personal as medical in this film. He gets to deal with the potential in-laws in this film.
Robert Young playing Laraine Day's brother arrives at Blair General Hospital exhibiting some strange behavior and something of a new attitude toward life. He sounds like a motivational speaker from today as he wants to pitch an idea about training schools for people not learning any trades because of the Great Depression.
Given some of the symptoms Ayres suspects epilepsy and for some strange reason doesn't want to confide in Day which puts one great strain on the relationship. It ain't nearing and endearing him to Young either, but Ayres wants to be sure.
Kildare films usually go one of two ways either Kildare makes a right diagnosis and Lionel Barrymore as Dr. Gillespie backs him up, or he's on the wrong track and Barrymore has to set him straight. If you watch the film, you'll find out which it is.
Dr. Kildare's Crisis was one of his own making, he should have sent Young to a specialist post haste. But that would be how it was done in the real world.
A subpar Kildare film from MGM.
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