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Internes Can't Take Money (1937)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 16 April 1937 (USA)
In his first film, young Dr. Kildare helps a female ex-con find her child.


Alfred Santell


Rian James (screenplay), Theodore Reeves (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Barbara Stanwyck ... Janet Haley
Joel McCrea ... James Kildare
Lloyd Nolan ... Hanlon
Stanley Ridges ... Innes
Lee Bowman ... Interne Weeks
Barry Macollum Barry Macollum ... Stooly Martin
Irving Bacon ... Jeff
Steve Pendleton ... Interne Jones (as Gaylord Pendleton)
Pierre Watkin ... Dr. Fearson
Charles Lane ... Grote
James Bush ... Haines
Nick Lukats Nick Lukats ... Interne
Anthony Nace ... Dr. Riley
Fay Holden ... Mother Teresa
Frank Bruno Frank Bruno ... Eddie


In a fantastically art-deco hospital, young Dr. Kildare treats and falls for impoverished Janet Healy, widow of a bank robber, who's been in prison and can't find her baby. Later she helps Kildare sew up gangster Hanlon in a tavern back room. Kildare pursues Janet and enlists Hanlon to help her; the gangster's solution, not surprisingly, is violent. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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He risked his life to save a rat... And what did he get for it? See more »


Crime | Drama | Romance


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Did You Know?


Barbara Stanwyck asked director Al Santell to cast Joel McCrae as her leading man, having worked with him twice before. "I want this guy," she told him. "He's going to be a good leading man." See more »


During the bar-room conversation (c.16 minutes) the coffee cup on the table disappears, re-appears and moves between shots. See more »


Dan Innes: You'd like to kill me, wouldn't you?
Janet Haley: You're a mind reader.
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Followed by Dr. Kildare's Crisis (1940) See more »

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James Kildare, MD
20 May 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The first appearance of young James Kildare, MD was in this Paramount feature that starred Joel McCrea as the young Intern at Blair General Hospital. Come to think of it, I don't recall if the name of the hospital is given in the film.

Nor will you find any of the other regulars from the Kildare/Gillespie series from MGM. When Paramount saw no possibilities in a series of films, they didn't do film series with the exception of Hopalong Cassidy, MGM picked it up.

Lew Ayres who was Kildare over at MGM was a bright idealistic getting his minting over at Blair General Hospital under the tutelage of gruff but kindly Lionel Barrymore. McCrea is a more stern type of Kildare, the most straight arrow of straight arrows. In fact Joel McCrea was quoted as saying he never felt comfortable being anything other than the straight arrow hero. But he was good in those parts.

His patients include Barbara Stanwyck, a woman from the wrong side of the tracks who will do anything to get back the child she lost custody of and Lloyd Nolan who he patches up after a brawl in the bar they both frequent. Both of their stories intertwine and you see the film to learn how.

In what was essentially a B programmer Paramount gave a lot of good production values to this film. I guess it was befitting the stars McCrea and Stanwyck who were definitely on their way up.

I do sort of miss the Blair General Hospital regulars, but McCrea does right by the character of James Kildare, MD.

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16 April 1937 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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