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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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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film was first telecast in New Haven CT Sunday 3 March 1957 on WNHC (Channel 8), followed by Altoona PA Sunday 10 March 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10) and by Los Angeles Thursday 28 March 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11); It first aired in Phoenix 12 May 1957 on KPHO (Channel 5), in Norfolk VA 20 May 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3), in Minneapolis 27 July 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9), in Philadelphia 29 September 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Seattle 19 October 1957 on KING (Channel 5), in Chicago 25 January 1958 on WBBM (Channel 2), in San Francisco 27 September 1958 on KGO (Channel 7), and, finally by New York City 18 November 1959 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

Goofs

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: 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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References The Secret of Dr. Kildare (1939) See more »

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Good cast, goofy story
14 May 2009 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

In the previous film in the series, THE SECRET OF DR. KILDARE, the good doctor is practicing well outside his area of expertise. Despite being a diagnostician, he performed like a trained psychiatrist and since it was a Hollywood movie, everything worked out in the end! Well, once again, Kildare behaves as if he's a well-trained psychiatrist AND he does very risky and dangerous work using insulin therapy--a type of therapy with dubious effectiveness.

Now the logic of this film is completely absent--but the film is still quite watchable due to the excellent acting and characters. In fact, this was a trademark of the Kildare series--excellent cast but occasionally goofy stories.


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