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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 »

Director:

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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Drama

Certificate:

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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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

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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TV series of its time
5 August 2018 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Dr. Kildare (Lew Ayres) assists wheelchair-bound dying Dr. Gillespie (Lionel Barrymore) in a fight to cure pneumonia. Wall Street tycoon Paul Messenger wants his daughter Nancy checked as she presents personality issues. With Gillespie sidelined due to exhaustion, Kildare poses as a family friend to investigate Nancy.

I don't know anything about this series or these characters to my detriment. This is preceded by two movies in the series and two more stories before MGM. I missed the connection between student and mentor. I get the idea from the movie but not the feeling. Lionel is a lion. Lew Ayres pales in comparison. If it's done today, this would be TV show material. This is fine for pre-TV to have a movie series such as this.


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