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The People vs. Dr. Kildare (1941)

Passed | | Drama | 2 May 1941 (USA)
Kildare saves the life of an ice skater who was in an auto accident. But even though her broken leg has knit, she can't walk, and she tries to sue Kildare for malpractice, and Kildare's ... See full summary »

Director:

Harold S. Bucquet

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Lawrence P. Bachmann (story), Max Brand (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lew Ayres ... Dr. James Kildare
Lionel Barrymore ... Dr. Leonard Gillespie
Laraine Day ... Nurse Mary Lamont
Bonita Granville ... Frances Marlowe
Alma Kruger ... Molly Byrd
Red Skelton ... Vernon Briggs
Paul Stanton ... Mr. Reynolds
Diana Lewis ... Fay Lennox
Walter Kingsford ... Dr. Walter Carew
Nell Craig ... Nurse Parker
Tom Conway ... Mr. Channing
Marie Blake ... Sally
Eddie Acuff ... Clifford Genet
George Reed ... Conover (as George H. Reed)
Chick Chandler ... Dan Morton
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Storyline

Kildare saves the life of an ice skater who was in an auto accident. But even though her broken leg has knit, she can't walk, and she tries to sue Kildare for malpractice, and Kildare's entire career and reputation now rests on making a proper diagnosis in the courtroom. Written by Kathy Li

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The most thrilling adventure of those crusading men in white! See more »

Genres:

Drama

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 May 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dr. Kildare vor Gericht See more »

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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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Sixth entry in MGM's long-running and perpetually popular Dr. Kildare film franchise, with a plot capitalizing on the ice-skating movie craze propelled by the enormous success of 20th Century Fox's Sonia Henie vehicles. See more »

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Hinky Dinky Parlay Voo (Mad'moiselle from Armentieres)
(1921)
Music by Irwin Dash
Lyrics by Al Dubin and Joe Mittenthal
Sung a cappella by Lionel Barrymore
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Dr. Kildare gets sued
28 December 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The title speaks for itself, Lew Ayres finds himself on the wrong end of a malpractice suit which will happen inevitably to any doctor if he practices long enough in America, this wonderful litigious country of our's. His predicament makes this particular Dr. Kildare film quite relevant for modern times.

It becomes The People vs. Dr. Kildare when Lew Ayres while driving Alma Kruger's car with fiancé Laraine Day gets into an accident. He does some on the spot surgery to ice skater Bonita Granville which saves her, but she is paralyzed in one leg after the operation. So what else can she do but sue the doctor who saved her life and everyone else remotely connected with the incident.

Unfortunately in Alma Kruger's car was half used bottle of liquor which Ayres can't account for, but he knows that he and Day didn't drink that evening. That fact gets leaked to Granville's lawyer Paul Stanton and it's the foundation of his case.

Of course it's the wise counsel of Lionel Barrymore that saves the day and on cross examination by the hospital and Kildare's lawyer Tom Conway an open question allows Barrymore to address the jury in the same manner he did in his Oscar winning performance in A Free Soul. I need not say that Barrymore did not drop dead at the end of his oration.

Red Skelton made the second of two appearances in the Kildare series as medical orderly Vernon Briggs. Skelton was taking the place of ambulance driver Nat Pendleton and his humor is there for comic relief and somewhat shoehorned into the film. An offhanded remark by him though is what gives the plaintiff in the suit ammunition to first start Granville's lawsuit.

An equal amount of time is spent in the courtroom as well as the hospital in The People Vs. Dr. Kildare, one of the better of the Kildare features.


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