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Dark Delusion (1947)

Approved | | Drama, Mystery | 25 June 1947 (USA)
Dr. Leonard Gillespie, for several reasons and not all medically related, asks a young surgeon, Dr. Tommy Coalt, to go to a small town and replace a local doctor while he is on vacation. ... See full summary »

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Dr. Leonard Gillespie, for several reasons and not all medically related, asks a young surgeon, Dr. Tommy Coalt, to go to a small town and replace a local doctor while he is on vacation. There, Coalt is asked to sign commitment papers on a young lady, Cythia Grace, for reasons of insanity. Coalt thinks there is something amiss in Our Town and King's Row, and begins his own investigation. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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How Much Can a Guilty Girl Hide?

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This film received its initial television presentation in Cincinnati Friday 21 December 1956 on WXIX (Channel 19) (Newport KY); it first aired in Chicago 3 January 1957 Channel 2), in Minneapolis 8 February 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9), in Altoona PA 16 March 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), in Philadelphia 19 May 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Los Angeles 12 December 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), in San Francisco 13 March 1958 on KGO (Channel 7) and in Seattle 25 July 1958 on KING (Channel 5). In New York City, its initial telecast took place 16 November 1959 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

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Dr. Tommy Coalt: Miss Roland, take a wire. To Dr. Lee Wong How, Blair Hospital: Consider this top secret. Send my tuxedo immediately.
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Follows Dr. Kildare Goes Home (1940) See more »

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End of a successful series
21 December 2014 | by See all my reviews

The Dr. Kildare series, which morphed into the Dr. Gillespie series, has its last episode with "Dark Delusions." Filmed in 1947, it also stars James Craig as Dr. Coalt. Coalt is a brilliant doctor but a little too aggressive for a doctor starting out -- translation: he's in trouble with the upper crust.

Gillespie (Lionel Barrymore) sends Coalt to replace Dr. Art Baker in the country temporarily. There, his strong-mindedness and little regard for big monied people gets him embroiled in another tough case. The father of a young woman, Lester Matthews, wants to have his daughter (Lucille Bremer) committed, but Dr. Coalt won't sign the papers. He believes that her problem can be cured and sets out to gain the young woman's confidence and help her, despite opposition.

A secondary plot concerns parents (Jayne Meadows and Warner Anderson) of a baby about to be adopted by them. In order to finalize the adoption, both parents have to pass a physical. The mother has her physical, but her husband keeps finding excuses not to have one. It's up to Keye Luke to get to the bottom of the problem.

Good episode, but of the Ayres replacements, Craig was probably the most boring. The combo of Van Johnson and Keye Luke was the liveliest. I've never been a big fan of Van Johnson's, but he certainly brought lightness and charm to the proceedings.

Good, glossy series in the MGM tradition.


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