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Dr. Kildare's Crisis (1940)

Passed | | Drama | 29 November 1940 (USA)
Nurse Mary Lamont is excited about her brother's impending visit. The young man's strange behavior puzzles Dr. Kildare who believes he may be hiding a serious illness.


Harold S. Bucquet


Max Brand (story), Willis Goldbeck (story) | 2 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Lew Ayres ... Dr. James 'Jimmy' Kildare
Lionel Barrymore ... Dr. Leonard Gillespie
Laraine Day ... Mary Lamont
Robert Young ... Douglas 'Doug' Lamont
Nat Pendleton ... Joe Wayman
Walter Kingsford ... Dr. Walter Carew
Alma Kruger ... Molly Byrd
Bobs Watson ... Tommy, the Crippled Child
Nell Craig ... Nurse 'Nosey' Parker
George Reed ... Conover
Frank Orth ... Mike Ryan, Cafe Owner
Marie Blake ... Sally, Hospital Receptionist
Horace McMahon ... Foghorn Murphy (as Horace MacMahon)


Dr. Jimmy Kildare and Nurse Mary Lamont are all sent to get married and her brother Doug Lamont has come to New York. When Jimmy meets him he notices strange behavior on his part such as sudden inattention or acting as if he was hearing sounds that are non-existent. The doctor starts to diagnose him and comes to the conclusion that he probably has epilepsy, a hereditary disease that could conceivably affect Mary as well, even though she has never shown any symptoms. Dr. Kildare is worried about this part of medicine and how you tell someone that they have a disease that they can do nothing about. It's left to Dr. Leonard Gillespie to come up with a solution and ensure that Jimmy and Mary can still get married. Written by garykmcd

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'Emma Dunn' (Mrs. Martha Kildare) and Ann Morriss (Betty) are listed in records playing those roles, but are not seen in the final print. See more »


When Dr Gillispie finishes reading the note from Mary, he says "Fine girl, that Mary" and puts the note on his desk with a thump, and with the next cut, it immediately appears in Dr. Kildare's hands. See more »


Conover: Of course I work in a hospital but I couldn't tell you anything about medicine. My uncle's been managing a monkey farm for two years and he still can't swing by his tail.
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Follows The Secret of Dr. Kildare (1939) See more »

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What's wrong with Dr. Kildare?
14 April 2019 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

I haven't seen all of the Dr. Kildare movie series, but I've seen enough of them to know that any newcomers shouldn't start with Dr. Kildare's Crisis. There's definitely enough drama and comic relief, but Lew Ayres's titular character is written so badly in this installment, it's impossible to like him or respect him as a doctor.

In this one, Lew Ayres and his devoted and very pretty nurse, Laraine Day, are planning their wedding. Lionel Barrymore, the sage Dr. Gillespie, is looking forward to breaking out his dress clothes and giving the bride away, and as he goes through his trunk with his tuxedo, he also revisits youthful memories inspired by adorable mementos. When he puts on a decades-old straw hat and reads old love letters still fragrant with perfume, it's easily the best scene in the movie. Anyway, Laraine's brother Robert Young comes to town for a visit, and immediately, Lew becomes suspicious that he has a severe illness. Keep in mind that the two have never met before and the only clue Lew has that anything's wrong with Bob is that he seems to hear a noise no one else hears. Without any official testing, Lew diagnoses him with hereditary epilepsy, which leads to insanity and death, and causes a huge dramatic panic. What's wrong with him?

Normally, I've been known to complain that it should have been Franchot Tone as the famous doctor in the series, but not even he could have saved this installment. Die hard fans won't want to miss any, of course, so if you do decide to watch it, you'll see the same friendly, familiar faces, Nat Pendleton, Alma Kruger, Nell Craig, and Marie Blake. You'll also see Bobs Watson return and show off his improved walking, and any reunion of Lionel and Bobs is touching. Robert Young is given some dramatic scenes to show off his acting, but since he and Laraine usually make such a great romantic couple, it's a little odd to see them as brother and sister.

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29 November 1940 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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