The dramatic relationship between a young medical intern and his surgeon mentor.
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 9 nominations. See more awards »
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Series cast summary:
 Dr. James Kildare (191 episodes, 1961-1966)
 Dr. Leonard Gillespie / ... (191 episodes, 1961-1966)


The story of a young intern in a large metropolitan hospital trying to learn his profession, deal with the problems of his patients, and win the respect of the senior doctor in his specialty, internal medicine. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

28 September 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Doctor Kildare  »

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(58 episodes) | (132 episodes)

Sound Mix:


| (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Over 30 actors auditioned for the lead role with William Shatner the eventual winner, though he then declined it. James Franciscus was also offered the role but had committed himself to another (eventually unmade) series at the time. See more »


Spoofed in Carry on Doctor (1967) See more »


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Dr. Kildare fans, UNITE!; can we get this show onto DVD?
29 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just stumbled onto these comments, and it's great to see so many people who remember "Dr. Kildare." The show was one of the first that was socially aware, and its episodes included many touching topics: a man dealing with amputation of a leg (tremendous performance by comic Jack Carter); restoring hearing to a little deaf boy; Harry Guardino learning to speak again and calling his wife; and of course the classic "Tyger, Tyger," the surfer saga with then-heartthrob/epileptic surfer Yvette Mimieaux, complete with cheesy rear-screen footage of Yvette "surfing." I ask you fans out there: Is there any way we can get these shows onto DVD? I would love to own some of these episodes! Do we know who owns the rights to these shows? Can we get a write-in campaign going? I would like to hear some ideas out there; perhaps there are folks out there who are more experience than I have in such matters.

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