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Calling Dr. Kildare (1939)

Passed | | Crime, Drama | 28 April 1939 (USA)
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Dr. Gillespie tries to teach Jimmy Kildare a lesson by tossing him into a street clinic. Only Kildare gets called to take a bullet out of a suspected murderer, and when the cops collar him ... See full summary »


Harold S. Bucquet


Harry Ruskin (screen play), Willis Goldbeck (screen play) | 1 more credit »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Lew Ayres ... Dr. James Kildare
Lionel Barrymore ... Dr. Leonard Gillespie
Laraine Day ... Mary Lamont
Nat Pendleton ... Wayman
Lana Turner ... Rosalie
Samuel S. Hinds ... Dr. Stephen Kildare (as Samuel Hinds)
Lynne Carver ... Alice Raymond
Emma Dunn ... Mrs. Martha Kildare
Walter Kingsford ... Dr. Walter Carew
Alma Kruger ... Molly Byrd
Harlan Briggs ... James Galt
Henry Hunter Henry Hunter ... Harry Galt
Marie Blake ... Sally
Phillip Terry ... Bates
Roger Converse ... Joiner


Dr. Gillespie tries to teach Jimmy Kildare a lesson by tossing him into a street clinic. Only Kildare gets called to take a bullet out of a suspected murderer, and when the cops collar him for it, he has to try and prove his patient's innocence, especially for his sister Rosalie's sake. Written by Kathy Li

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The $8.00 a day mentioned for paying a at-home nurse would be equivalent to $146.84 in 2020. See more »


Mary Lamont (Laraine Day) finds the bullet in Dr. Kildare's medical bag, and the hand shown holding the bullet has no nail polish on, whereas Laraine Day is wearing nail polish. See more »


Dr. James Kildare: Have you seen Joe Wayman around?
Mike Sullivan - Hospital Cafe Owner: I haven't laid eyes on him since this morning. Or was it yesterday morning? Or last night? Or could it have been noon? Well, he ain't here now, do you want him for something special?
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Followed by Dr. Kildare Goes Home (1940) See more »

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Dr. Kildare's Bad Judgement
19 October 2019 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

In this second installment of the Dr. Kildare movie series-the Joel McCrea movie wasn't in the linear series-Lew Ayres finds himself adjusting to life in the big city after deciding to take the internship under the stern Dr. Gillespie, played by Lionel Barrymore. In case you don't remember what happened in the first movie, never fear. The first five minutes get you all caught up, with Lew's parents lamenting that he chose to be a big city intern rather than a small town doctor.

I didn't see these movies in order, so I was already used to the regular cast by the time I saw Calling Dr. Kildare. Nat Pendleton is the friendly, none-too-bright ambulance driver, Marie Blake is the telephone operator, Frank Orth is the owner of the hospital cafeteria restaurant, and Alma Kruger is Lionel's right-hand nurse. In this one, Lew is portrayed as a complete idiot with terrible judgement. He's a new intern, yet risks his medical license and jail time by treating a teenage hoodlum with a bullet wound without reporting the incident because Lana Turner turns his head and asks him not to. It was really hard to have any respect for him while watching him make bad decision after bad decision. While Laraine Day makes her first appearance in the series as Nurse Mary Lamont, it's frustrating to see Lew paying more attention to guest star Lana Turner than to the new nurse.

One cute part of the movie is the other guest star: little Bobs Watson as one of Lionel's patients. The same year as On Borrowed Time, Bobs and Lionel are together again, and Bobs is given one of his signature crying scenes as he tries to walk across the room without the brace on his damaged leg. He comes back in the sixth movie, 1940's Dr. Kildare's Crisis to show everyone how his leg is progressing, so be sure to rent that one, too!

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Release Date:

28 April 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dr. Kildare's Mistake See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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