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Dr. Kildare's Strange Case (1940)

Approved  |   |  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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Shepperd Strudwick ...
Dr. Gregory 'Greg' Lane
Samuel S. Hinds ...
Emma Dunn ...
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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 ...
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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 <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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El extraño caso del Dr. Kildare  »

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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

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Reckless Dr. Kildare
26 October 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Medically speaking in Dr. Kildare's Strange Case, Lew Ayres drew to an insight straight. In seeking to help save Sheppard Strudwick's reputation as a neurosurgeon, Ayres performs a completely reckless act without official authorization to prove a point.

Ayres does all this mind you even with the fact that Strudwick who is at the top of his field and pulling down big bucks to add to the big bucks he inherited is making moves on nurse Laraine Day with whom Ayres has a running romance with in the series. Ayres on the other hand is surviving on the meager pay of an intern. But this was the days of the Code and doctors were almost always portrayed as saints.

Strudwick in the film is having a crisis of confidence and rumors that he's losing his touch are spreading. He's lost several patients, not his fault because brain surgery is always risky. Still with Ayres assistance he's operating on John Eldredge who was brought in without identification and disheveled. The operation is a success, but the patient is raving like a lunatic.

Ayres, Lionel Barrymore as Dr. Gillespie and the rest of the Kildare regulars perform magnificently bringing a rather incredulous story to the screen. In real life even if he succeeded in his treatment, young Dr. Kildare would have probably lost his medical license and been hit with a malpractice suit that some dial a shyster lawyer. And I'm sure the rest of Blair General Hospital would not have been left out.

What does Kildare do and how does it come out. For that you see Dr. Kildare's Strangest Case.


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