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Dr. Kildare Goes Home (1940)

Passed | | Drama | 6 September 1940 (USA)
Dr. James Kildare has just completed his internship at Blair General Hospital and is assigned to work with his mentor, Dr. Leonard Gillespie. But fearing for the health of his father, Dr. ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dr. James Kildare
... Dr. Leonard Gillespie
... Mary Lamont
... Dr. Stephen Kildare
... George Winslow
... Dr. Davidson
... Wayman
... Mrs. Martha Kildare
... Molly Byrd
... Dr. Walter Carew
... Nurse Parker
Cliff Danielson ... Dr. Jordan
... Collins
... Joiner
... Conover (as George H. Reed)
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Dr. James Kildare has just completed his internship at Blair General Hospital and is assigned to work with his mentor, Dr. Leonard Gillespie. But fearing for the health of his father, Dr. Stephen Kildare, he returns to his parents home to help him with his excessive workload. Dr. Kildaire Sr. is servicing a wide area ever since the doctors in neighboring towns moved elsewhere. Noting that three doctors at Blair General are doing menial jobs because they can't start their own practices, Kildare conceives the idea of building a clinic in Parkersville to be serviced by the three doctors and financed by the townsfolk paying ten cents a week to subscribe to the service. But influential men in Parkersville provide serious opposition to the plan. Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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6 September 1940 (USA)  »

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This film's initial telecast took place in Philadelphia Tuesday 26 February 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6); it first aired in Altoona PA 7 April 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), in Norfolk VA 15 May 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3), in Minneapolis 17 May 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9), in Los Angeles 30 May 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), in Hartford CT 30 June on WHCT (Channel 18), in Honolulu 19 June 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), in Seattle 26 October 1957 on KING (Channel 5), in San Francisco 18 January 1958 on KGO (Channel 7), in New York City 23 June 1959 on WCBS (Channel 2), and in Chicago 16 May 1960 on WBBM (Channel 2). See more »

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Dr. Leonard Gillespie: You look like you've lost fifteen pounds. Very becoming!
Molly Byrd: I've gained eight. And what do you want done that's against the rules?
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Parkersville Gets A Clinic
28 December 2010 | by See all my reviews

Dr. Kildare Goes Home finds Lew Ayres being furloughed from Blair General Hospital in order to help out his ailing country physician father Samuel S. Hinds. With few other practicing physicians in the area Ayres has his hands full.

But in a truly bizarre twist, Ayres also finds three fellow doctors doing other kinds of work because they can't get a practice started. That part of the film is truly dated unless they're people from a third world country in America today. But such is the case in 1940.

What to do, but Ayres hits on the idea of establishing a clinic in his home town of Parkersville with these three. Of course the town's resistant to the idea because they think if medicine is good, it has to be expensive. That notion is certainly not dated. Leading proponent of that idea is Gene Lockhart who always seems to be playing these naysayers against progress when he's not a villain.

Like it does in so many medical dramas today on the small screen, it all comes together. The Dr. Kildare series was the forerunner of all the TV medical dramas from Medic to Marcus Welby including the small screen adaption of Dr. Kildare.

Ayres and Laraine Day as nurse Mary Lamont move ever closer to the wedding day with crusty old Lionel Barrymore as Kildare's mentor Dr. Gillespie giving his blessing. An OK programmer from this series out of MGM.


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