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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.

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Harold S. Bucquet

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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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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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At about 11 minutes, Dr. Gillespie and Dr. Kildare drink the same glasses of milk twice. Furthermore, the full and empty bottles of milk on the table during the lunch change their positions, and sometimes vanish, between shots. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Leonard Gillespie: The operation was a success but the patient died.
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Followed by Dr. Kildare's Wedding Day (1941) See more »

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Dr. Kildare makes a dangerous decision
22 December 2007 | by mgmstar128See all my reviews

This entry into the Dr. Kildare series was enjoyable but not as compelling for this reviewer as other installments were.

As usual, Dr. Gillespie allows Dr. Jimmy Kildare to think that Jimmy is making his own decisions, all the while being controlled by the octogenarian.

Nurse Mary Lamont has not yet landed the good doctor, and here is dating Dr. Lane the brain surgeon and our beloved Dr. Kildare.

Once again, Dr. Kildare's parents make an appearance, and Ma Kildare once again gives her son her willing shoulder to lean upon. The series always showed a close parent-child relationship, especially between Jimmy and his mother.

Dr. Kildare must make a decision in this entry which could derail his entire career at Blair General Hospital. This type of plot line would be handled in a much more serious manner today, but it was interesting to see how it was handled back in 1940.


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