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Dr. Kildare's Strange Case (1940)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  12 April 1940 (USA)
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Young Dr. Kildare tries to help an unlucky brain surgeon and his seemingly insane patient.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shepperd Strudwick ...
Dr. Gregory 'Greg' Lane
Samuel S. Hinds ...
Emma Dunn ...
Nat Pendleton ...
Walter Kingsford ...
Alma Kruger ...
John Eldredge ...
Henry Adams, Amnesia Patient
Nell Craig ...
Marie Blake ...
Sally, Hospital Switchboard Operator
Charles Waldron ...
Dr. 'Egghead' Squires, Messinger Inst.
George Lessey ...
Rufus Ingersoll
Tom Collins ...
Dr. Joiner


Young Dr. Kildare is still being trained at General Hospital by old, crusty Dr. Gillespie. This time, he tries to rehabilitate Gregory Lane, a brain surgeon depressed over losing too many patients (and incidentally Kildare's romantic rival for nurse Mary Lamont). Lane's losing streak takes a new turn when one of his patients survives...but seems to be insane. Or is the man's strange obsession with Friday the clue to a mystery? To find out, Kildare must take a terrible risk. Written by Rod Crawford <>

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12 April 1940 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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At about 11 minutes, Dr. Gillespie and Dr. Kildare drink the same glasses of milk twice. Furthermore, the full and empty bottles of milk on the table during the lunch change their positions, and sometimes vanish, between shots. See more »


Dr. Leonard Gillespie: The operation was a success but the patient died.
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30 June 2004 | by (Mountain Mesa, California) – See all my reviews

For this fourth entry of the fifteen feature films in the much admired Dr. Kildare series, the regular assemblage of talented M-G-M supporting players enlivens a somewhat rambling plot, with acting honours shared by Lionel Barrymore as young Kildare's overseer, curmudgeonly Dr. Gillespie, and Laraine Day, cast as nurse Mary Lamont who has an eye upon James Kildare (Lew Ayres) as spousal material. James, diagnostic intern at "Blair General Hospital" finds he has a rival for Mary's affections in brain surgeon Gregory Lane (Shepperd Strudwick), whose losing streak of dying surgical subjects brings out the compassionate best from the eponymous hero who, clandestinely with Mary's aid, applies the sticky method of insulin shock (accepted at the time of filming as valid) to a Lane patient in order to correct his condition of dementia, possibly caused by Lane's procedure, while at the same time hoping to save the surgeon's waning reputation. The film was successful upon its release due to audience perception that a graphic depiction of the sanctum within a major hospital is being revealed; it benefits from splendid cinematography of John Seitz, and also the familiar sterling cast of the series including those mentioned as well as Frank Orth, Nat Pendleton and Samuel Hinds as the senior Kildare, in addition to a raft of other performing stalwarts.

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