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Seasons:
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Release Date:
2 October 1961 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Gritty realistic hospital drama featuring manly Dr. Casey against the medical establishment, at first under the watchful eye of Dr. Zorba and later under the thumb of Chief of Surgery Dr. Freeland.
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Awards:
Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 14 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Casey and Kildare See more (7 total) »

Cast

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Vince Edwards ... Dr. Ben Casey (153 episodes, 1961-1966)

Sam Jaffe ... Dr. David Zorba (127 episodes, 1961-1965)
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Series Directed by
Leo Penn (19 episodes, 1962-1965)
Irving Lerner (14 episodes, 1961-1965)
Sydney Pollack (12 episodes, 1962-1963)
Alex March (11 episodes, 1961-1965)
Mark Rydell (9 episodes, 1963-1964)
Marc Daniels (9 episodes, 1964-1966)
John Meredyth Lucas (9 episodes, 1964-1966)
Vince Edwards (7 episodes, 1963-1965)
Abner Biberman (6 episodes, 1961-1962)
Alan Crosland Jr. (5 episodes, 1965-1966)
Allen Reisner (4 episodes, 1964-1965)
Fielder Cook (3 episodes, 1961-1962)
Robert Ellis Miller (3 episodes, 1961-1962)
Paul Nickell (3 episodes, 1962-1963)
Arthur Hiller (3 episodes, 1962)
Richard C. Sarafian (3 episodes, 1963-1965)
Robert Butler (3 episodes, 1963)
Charles R. Rondeau (3 episodes, 1964)
Harvey Hart (3 episodes, 1965-1966)
Harry Landers (3 episodes, 1965-1966)
Gerald Mayer (3 episodes, 1965-1966)
Byron Paul (2 episodes, 1961-1962)
Joseph Pevney (2 episodes, 1962)
Stuart Rosenberg (2 episodes, 1962)
Paul Wendkos (2 episodes, 1963-1964)
Harmon Jones (2 episodes, 1964)
Jud Taylor (2 episodes, 1966)
 
Series Writing credits
James E. Moser (153 episodes, 1961-1966)
Howard Dimsdale (19 episodes, 1963-1966)
Gilbert Ralston (16 episodes, 1961-1964)
Barry Oringer (13 episodes, 1963-1966)
Norman Katkov (10 episodes, 1962-1965)
Theodore Apstein (9 episodes, 1961-1965)
Jack Laird (9 episodes, 1961-1963)
Chester Krumholz (9 episodes, 1964-1966)
Jack Curtis (6 episodes, 1962-1965)
Oliver Crawford (5 episodes, 1962-1965)
Al C. Ward (4 episodes, 1961-1965)
Gabrielle Upton (4 episodes, 1961-1964)
Lester Pine (4 episodes, 1962-1965)
Teddi Sherman (3 episodes, 1962-1966)
Don Brinkley (3 episodes, 1962-1963)
Alvin Sargent (3 episodes, 1962-1963)
Wilton Schiller (3 episodes, 1962-1963)
Steven W. Carabatsos (3 episodes, 1963-1966)
Anthony Lawrence (3 episodes, 1963-1964)
William P. McGivern (3 episodes, 1963-1964)
John Meredyth Lucas (3 episodes, 1964-1965)
Lionel E. Siegel (3 episodes, 1964-1965)
Michael Zagor (3 episodes, 1964-1965)
Marcus Demian (2 episodes, 1961-1964)
William Bast (2 episodes, 1961)
Judith Plowden (2 episodes, 1962-1966)
Arthur L. Murphy (2 episodes, 1962-1963)
John T. Dugan (2 episodes, 1963-1965)
Jeanne Beeching (2 episodes, 1963-1964)
Norman Jacob (2 episodes, 1963-1964)
Dean Riesner (2 episodes, 1964-1966)
Allan Scott (2 episodes, 1964-1966)
Alfred Brenner (2 episodes, 1964-1965)
Pat Fielder (2 episodes, 1964-1965)
Richard H. Landau (2 episodes, 1964-1965)
Ellis Marcus (2 episodes, 1964-1965)

Series Produced by
Matthew Rapf .... producer / executive producer (25 episodes, 1961-1966)
James E. Moser .... executive producer (16 episodes, 1961-1966)
John Meredyth Lucas .... producer (12 episodes, 1965-1966)
Jack Laird .... associate producer / producer (10 episodes, 1962-1963)
Irving Elman .... producer (6 episodes, 1964-1965)
Wilton Schiller .... producer / executive producer (5 episodes, 1963-1966)
Fred Freiberger .... producer (4 episodes, 1963-1964)
 
Series Original Music by
George Bassman (6 episodes, 1962)
Gerald Fried (3 episodes, 1963)
Richard Markowitz (2 episodes, 1963)
 
Series Cinematography by
Ted Voigtlander (26 episodes, 1961-1965)
William T. Cline (2 episodes, 1965-1966)
 
Series Film Editing by
Michael Pozen (10 episodes, 1962-1965)
Bruce Schoengarth (3 episodes, 1961-1962)
George Boemler (3 episodes, 1963-1964)
Richard Einfeld (2 episodes, 1961-1962)
Al Clark (2 episodes, 1962)
William Mace (2 episodes, 1965-1966)
 
Series Casting by
Lynn Stalmaster (17 episodes, 1961-1966)
James Lister (13 episodes, 1961-1964)
Milt Hamerman (4 episodes, 1965-1966)
 
Series Art Direction by
Rolland M. Brooks (26 episodes, 1961-1966)
 
Series Set Decoration by
John Sturtevant (20 episodes, 1961-1963)
Robert Priestley (5 episodes, 1965-1966)
 
Series Costume Design by
Oscar Rodriguez (4 episodes, 1962-1965)
 
Series Makeup Department
E. Thomas Case .... makeup artist (24 episodes, 1961-1965)
Gale McGarry .... hair stylist (24 episodes, 1961-1965)
 
Series Production Management
John Pommer .... production executive (57 episodes, 1961-1965)
William A. Calihan Jr. .... production manager / production supervisor (20 episodes, 1962-1966)
Houseley Stevenson Jr. .... post-production supervisor (9 episodes, 1963-1966)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gilbert Mandelik .... assistant director (7 episodes, 1961-1963)
Hal Klein .... assistant director (7 episodes, 1962-1963)
Russ Haverick .... assistant director (4 episodes, 1961-1962)
Gil Kissel .... assistant director (4 episodes, 1965-1966)
Floyd Joyer .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1963-1964)
 
Series Art Department
Ansel Adams .... special photographs (1 episode, 1962)
Brett Weston .... special photographs (1 episode, 1962)
 
Series Sound Department
William M. Andrews .... sound editor / supervising sound editor (26 episodes, 1961-1966)
Victor B. Appel .... sound engineer (26 episodes, 1961-1966)
 
Series Stunts
Carol Daniels .... stunts (14 episodes, 1961-1964)

George Orrison .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Jesse Wayne .... stunts (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Oscar Rodriguez .... costumer / costumes (22 episodes, 1961-1966)
 
Series Editorial Department
Henry Batista .... editorial supervisor / supervising editor (15 episodes, 1962-1966)
Edward Sampson .... editorial supervisor (8 episodes, 1961-1962)
Harry W. Gerstad .... editorial supervisor (3 episodes, 1965)
 
Series Music Department
David Raksin .... composer: title music (153 episodes, 1961-1966)
Richard Berres .... music editor / music supervisor (18 episodes, 1962-1966)
Audrey Granville .... music editor (8 episodes, 1961-1962)
John Fresco .... music supervisor (5 episodes, 1962)
 
Series Other crew
John Pommer .... production executive (13 episodes, 1961-1964)
James E. Moser .... story consultant (10 episodes, 1963-1966)
Dennis Crosby .... assistant to producer (4 episodes, 1965-1966)
Jack Laird .... story editor (3 episodes, 1962)
Fred Freiberger .... story editor (3 episodes, 1963)
 

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60 min (153 episodes)
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Trivia:
Cliff Robertson and Jack Lord turned down the role of Ben Casey.See more »
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Narrator:Man... woman... birth... death... infinity.
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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Casey and Kildare, 3 June 2002
Author: schappe1 from N Syracuse NY

Ben Casey and Dr. Kildare were exact contemporaries, both doctor shows that began and ended in the same season and were the most talked about shows on TV when they debuted in 1961. People were always making comparisons between them and here is mine.

One difference is that Casey was a resident, a full fledged doctor on staff at a hospital and a very prominent neurosurgeon. Kildare was an intern, a beginning doctor still learning the profession. If Kildare had been at the same hospital as Casey, Ben would have been bossing him around and making his life miserable.

A bigger difference was what they represented. Kildare was a symbol of the early 1960's. We were a very proud and optimistic country at that time. We'd survived the depression, won the war, had the communists on the defensive and were beginning to explore space. Social changes were taking place as well. if we were going to be the Greatest Country in the World, how could we have poverty and injustice? We tended to look at our government and institutions as benevolent servants of the people. There were several shows from this period, (Naked City, The Defenders, Mr. Novak were others), where handsome young idealistic novices entered a profession to be guided by their wise, patient but firm elders in becoming instruments of the system. The big challenge was getting people to trust the system by not committing crimes, studying hard and taking their pills. And of course, it's hard to look at the young men in these shows, (Richard Chamberlain, James Franciscus, Paul Burke, Robert Reed), and not see our youthful, idealistic president of the time, John Kennedy.

Casey was a precursor of the late 1960's. To him, the system was a monolith that existed for its own purposes and on its own momentum. You had to wrestle with it and with the mediocrity around you to get things done. Casey had a mentor as well, but Dr. Zorba often appeared to be more of a matador than a mentor, trying to tame Ben Casey, as he always called him, with a red cape and a sharp needle to puncture his ego from time to time.

I'd rather wake up from surgery and see Dr. Kildare's smiling face. But I'd be more likely to survive if it was Ben Casey who had done the surgery.

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