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The Secret of Dr. Kildare (1939)

Approved | | Drama | 24 November 1939 (USA)
Dr. Gillespie's cancer has gotten worse, and to force him to take a rest instead of pursuing a sulfa-drug/pneumonia study, Kildare refuses to assist Gillespie, and instead accepts a case of... See full summary »

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Harold S. Bucquet

Writers:

Max Brand (story), Willis Goldbeck | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lew Ayres ... Dr. James 'Jimmy' Kildare
Lionel Barrymore ... Dr. Leonard Barry Gillespie
Lionel Atwill ... Paul Messenger
Helen Gilbert ... Nancy Messenger
Nat Pendleton ... Joe Wayman
Laraine Day ... Nurse Mary Lamont
Sara Haden ... Nora
Samuel S. Hinds ... Dr. Stephen Kildare
Emma Dunn ... Mrs. Martha Kildare
Walter Kingsford ... Dr. S.J. Carew
Grant Mitchell ... John Xerxes Archley
Alma Kruger ... Head Nurse Molly Byrd
Robert Kent ... Charles Herron
Marie Blake ... Sally - Telephone Operator
Martha O'Driscoll ... Mrs. Roberts
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Storyline

Dr. Gillespie's cancer has gotten worse, and to force him to take a rest instead of pursuing a sulfa-drug/pneumonia study, Kildare refuses to assist Gillespie, and instead accepts a case of hysterical blindness. She's also the daughter of a millionaire who could help the hospital. Written by Kathy Li

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 November 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El secreto del Dr. Kildare See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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This film received its initial television broadcast in New York City Thursday 14 March 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2) it first aired in Hartford CT 9 May 1957 on WHCT (Channel 18), in Philadelphia 18 June 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in New Haven CT 27 June 1957 on WNHC (Channel 8), in Minneapolis 30 June 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9), in Altoona PA 4 July 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), in Phoenix 14 July 1957 on KPHO (Channel 5), in Norfolk VA 6 August 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3), in Seattle 12 October 1957 on KING (Channel 5), in Chicago 4 February 1958 on WBBM (Channel 2), in San Francisco 6 February 1958 on KGO (Channel 7), and in Los Angeles 25 April 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11). See more »

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Dr. Leonard Barry Gillespie: Even good doctors often forget that fear is a tyrant over the body as well as the mind. People can acquire the evil results of every disease just through fear alone.
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A good entry in the Dr. Kildare series, with Lionel Barrymore providing most of the fun.
25 February 1999 | by Art-22See all my reviews

It's hard to imagine this series without Lionel Barrymore as the cantankerous old wheelchair-ridden Dr. Gillespie, who is perfect counterpoint to the good actor, but rather bland Lew Ayres, playing Dr. Kildare. Without Barrymore, or the likes of him, the series would surely have flopped. The three plots going at once is typical of the series, and handled well by the director Harold S. Bucquet. The film, however, is badly named, because I couldn't tell for sure what Kildare's secret was. The audience is in on several of his deceptions: his quitting Gillespie to force him to rest; his not telling Helen Gilbert he was a doctor; and finally his lying to her about the treatment he was going to give her. Still, the film is fun to watch, especially if you've seen others films in the series and get to know how the various hospital characters interact.


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