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Dr. Kildare's Victory (1942)

Passed | | Crime, Drama | 25 June 1942 (Australia)
Dr. Jimmy Kildare is back at work at Blair General hospital, though several people admit that he is not himself since suffering his loss. He's taken a liking to a young intern, Don Winthrop... See full summary »


W.S. Van Dyke (as Major W.S. Van Dyke II)


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




Cast overview, first billed only:
Lew Ayres ... Dr. James Kildare
Lionel Barrymore ... Dr. Leonard Gillespie
Ann Ayars ... Cynthia 'Cookie' Charles
Robert Sterling ... Dr. Donald Winthrop
Jean Rogers ... Annabelle Kirke
Alma Kruger ... Molly Byrd
Walter Kingsford ... Dr. Walter Carew
Nell Craig ... Nurse Parker
Edward Gargan ... Willie Brooks
Marie Blake ... Sally
Frank Orth ... Mike Ryan
George Reed ... Conover (as George H. Reed)
Barry Nelson ... Samuel Z. Cutter
Eddie Acuff ... Clifford Genet
Gus Schilling ... Leo Cobb


Dr. Jimmy Kildare is back at work at Blair General hospital, though several people admit that he is not himself since suffering his loss. He's taken a liking to a young intern, Don Winthrop, and tries to help him out when he transports an accident victim, socialite Cynthia "Cookie" Charles, to Blair General from outside the hospital's agreed territory. When the other hospital complains, Winthrop is fired. Soon after, his girlfriend, Nurse Anabelle Kirke, is also let go when she too misapplies hospital policy. Kildare pleads their case with the hospital Board but with little luck. He then gets the well-connected Cookie, who has a thing for him, to help to sort it out Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama


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Did You Know?


Selmer Jackson is in studio records playing "Mr. Baxter", but he was replaced by Charles Trowbridge. Also in studio records as "Mason" was Vinton Hayworth, but he was not seen in the print. The Hollywood Reporter listed Samuel S. Hinds and Emma Dunn in their usual roles as Dr. Kildare's parents, but they were not in the film either. These omissions may have resulted from final cuts, since the preview time listed in Daily Variety was 100 minutes. See more »


Cynthia 'Cookie' Charles: I want you for Christmas.
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Followed by Between Two Women (1945) See more »

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Hospital Turf War
28 December 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Dr. Kildare's Victory marked the last of the films Lew Ayres did as the idealistic young doctor James Kildare, handpicked protégé of Lionel Barrymore as Dr. Gillespie. The series was so popular though that MGM had Barrymore continue in the Gillespie role in several more films with new young assistants in his diagnostic office.

This time Ayres gets himself involved in a hospital turf war as another young doctor and the nurse he was with had the temerity to pick up and treat an injured victim outside the territory of Blair General Hospital. Emerson Hospital whose territory it was just doesn't like other hospitals poaching patients from their turf. So the lawyers get into the act and Dr. Robert Sterling and nurse Jean Rogers get the ax.

That doesn't sit well with Ayres who did the surgery on the victim and saved her life. The victim was débutante Ann Ayars who is in a Paris Hilton type role. Like Paris, Ann has a great knack for working the media which comes in handy later on.

Ayres and Ayars also may be getting something going. As fans of the series know, Dr. Kildare lost his true love nurse Mary Lamont a day before their wedding. They were a great screen team and perfectly matched in this series as Laraine Day who played Lamont shared Ayres's personal and professional vision. That would be hard to recapture.

The Kildare series were B pictures from MGM although from the look of them they would be A products in most other studios. Dr. Kildare's Victory took them out on a relatively high note.

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25 June 1942 (Australia) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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