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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 »

Director:

Harold S. Bucquet

Writers:

Harry Ruskin (screen play), Willis Goldbeck (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lew Ayres ... Dr. James Kildare
Lionel Barrymore ... Dr. Leonard Gillespie
Laraine Day ... Mary Lamont
Samuel S. Hinds ... Dr. Stephen Kildare
Gene Lockhart ... George Winslow
John Shelton ... Dr. Davidson
Nat Pendleton ... Wayman
Emma Dunn ... Mrs. Martha Kildare
Alma Kruger ... Molly Byrd
Walter Kingsford ... Dr. Walter Carew
Nell Craig ... Nurse Parker
Cliff Danielson Cliff Danielson ... Dr. Jordan
Henry Wadsworth ... Collins
Tom Collins ... Joiner
George Reed ... 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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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 September 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Clínica do Dr. Kildare See more »

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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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Mary MacLaren is in studio records/casting call lists for the role of "Crying Woman," but she did not appear or was not identifiable in the movie. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Martha Kildare: I can't stand to see a man doing housework!
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Followed by Calling Dr. Gillespie (1942) See more »

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A bit better than the last few Kildare films
16 May 2009 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

While the characters in the Dr. Kildare films are quite likable as is the dialog, a major problem in some of the early films in the series is that Kildare just doesn't behave very logically and yet the films work out in the end (sort of like Curious George, now that I think about it). In one, the doctor treats a gunshot victim and doesn't disclose this to the police--even though this violated the law and should have resulted in either criminal prosecution or loss of license or both. In two others, Kildare behaves like a psychiatrist, even though he has no training in the field and once again, he's right and everyone else is wrong. It seems that there is nothing that this young doc can't do! In DR. KILDARE GOES HOME, fortunately, there is a greater sense of logic to the film and as a result, this film didn't make me want to throw something at my TV.

The film begins with Kildare calling home to talk with his father. However, once again, the older doctor isn't home. Due to his mother's tone of voice, he assumes something is amiss despite her assertions that everything is fine, so he hops a train home. There, he finds that his dad is working himself to exhaustion because a nearby town has lost their doctors and so he now has a ton of new patients. Young Kildare comes up with an idea to create a clinic in this town to relieve his father's burden. Unfortunately, there seems to be a lot of resistance and the town seems quite happy working Kildare, Sr. to death! What will they do?! Overall, a very good addition to the series as logic (for once) prevails.


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