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Dr. Kildare's Strange Case (1940)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 12 April 1940 (USA)
Young Dr. Kildare tries to help an unlucky brain surgeon and his seemingly insane patient.

Director:

Harold S. Bucquet

Writers:

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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lew Ayres ... Dr. James 'Jimmy' Kildare
Lionel Barrymore ... Dr. Leonard Gillespie
Laraine Day ... Nurse Mary Lamont
Shepperd Strudwick ... Dr. Gregory 'Greg' Lane
Samuel S. Hinds ... Dr. Stephen Kildare
Emma Dunn ... Mrs. Martha Kildare
Nat Pendleton ... Joe Wayman, Ambulance Driver
Walter Kingsford ... Dr. S.J. 'Walter' Carew, Hospital Administrator
Alma Kruger ... Molly Byrd, Superintendant of Nurses
John Eldredge ... Henry Adams, Amnesia Patient
Nell Craig ... Nurse 'Nosey' Parker
Marie Blake ... Sally, Hospital Switchboard Operator
Charles Waldron Charles Waldron ... Dr. 'Egghead' Squires, Messinger Inst.
George Lessey ... Rufus Ingersoll
Tom Collins ... Dr. Joiner
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Storyline

Young Dr. Kildare is still being trained at General Hospital by old, crusty Dr. Gillespie. This time, he tries to rehabilitate Gregory Lane, a brain surgeon depressed over losing too many patients (and incidentally Kildare's romantic rival for nurse Mary Lamont). Lane's losing streak takes a new turn when one of his patients survives...but seems to be insane. Or is the man's strange obsession with Friday the clue to a mystery? To find out, Kildare must take a terrible risk. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El extraño caso del Dr. Kildare See more »

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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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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

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Immediately after surgery, several of the doctors take their masks off; this would not happen until they left the surgical room. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Leonard Gillespie: Well, Mr. Ingersoll, good morning, and how are you feeling today?
Rufus Ingersoll: Never felt better in my life!
Dr. Leonard Gillespie: Oh ho, that's fine. That's fine... because your system's in a state of collapse. Siddown before you fall down!
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Followed by Dr. Kildare's Crisis (1940) See more »

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"Your stomach is overworked, your heart is overstrained, and your kidneys look like the Battle of Gettysburg."
15 January 2015 | by utgard14See all my reviews

The fourth in MGM's wonderful Dr. Kildare series starring Lew Ayres as Dr. Kildare and Lionel Barrymore as cranky old Dr. Gillespie. This time around Kildare tries to rebuild the confidence of brain surgeon Dr. Gregory Lane (Shepperd Strudwick), who's lost several patients on the operating table. After Lane's most recent patient awakens from surgery a raving lunatic, Kildare has to prove this wasn't Lane's fault. Lane also happens to be Kildare's romantic rival for Nurse Mary Lamont (Laraine Day). Lamont's in love with Kildare but he doesn't want to get married on his small salary. Yeah, it's one of those "make him jealous so he'll marry me before someone else does" plots that were the go-to formula for how women should snag men in old movies and TV shows. At least in this case Kildare isn't made to look like a total schmuck.

Despite the so-so romance stuff, the meat of the story is the medical case. As with most of the Kildare films, the medical knowledge is dated and easy to knock today. You'll notice with these films a lot of reviewers do just that. Personally I think that's unfair and kind of petty. Hold the films to the standards of their day, not ours. Anyway, the series regulars are all enjoyable, as usual. The story isn't the strongest but it's never dull and keeps your interest throughout. Favorite part? The early scene where Dr. Gillespie reads the riot act to some oldster that's in love with a girl in her twenties. Hilarious. Medical ethics aside, these bits of business are some of my favorite parts of the Kildare & Gillespie films. Long before House brought the brutally honest and crotchety diagnostician to our TV screens, there was Dr. Gillespie.


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