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Dr. Gillespie's Criminal Case (1943)

When Roy, a homicidal maniac was put away for murder, Gillespie tried to get him committed to an insane asylum instead. Now the guy's ex-fiancee wants to marry a soldier, and she goes to ... See full summary »

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Willis Goldbeck
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lionel Barrymore ... Dr. Leonard B. Gillespie
Van Johnson ... Dr. Randall 'Red' Adams
Keye Luke ... Dr. Lee Wong How
Alma Kruger ... Molly Byrd
John Craven ... Roy Todwell
Nat Pendleton ... Joe Wayman
Margaret O'Brien ... Margaret
Donna Reed ... Marcia Bradburn
Michael Duane ... Sgt. Patrick J. Orisin
William Lundigan ... Alvin F. Peterson
Walter Kingsford ... Dr. Walter Carew
Marilyn Maxwell ... Ruth Edly
Henry O'Neill ... Warden Kenneson
Marie Blake ... Sally
Frances Rafferty ... Irene
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When Roy, a homicidal maniac was put away for murder, Gillespie tried to get him committed to an insane asylum instead. Now the guy's ex-fiancee wants to marry a soldier, and she goes to Gillespie for advice about Roy. Meanwhile, Red's pursued by a pretty socialite, Lee encourages a double-amputee to live, Gillespie and the boys fight to save little Margaret from an epidemic in the children's ward, and Roy breaks out of prison...with a gun... Written by Kathy Li

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Dr. Gillespie Kidnaped in Jail Break! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 May 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Volta da Noiva 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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This film received its initial television showing in Chicago Wednesday 1 May 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), followed by New York City Friday 12 July 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2), by Honolulu 31 July 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), by Philadelphia Thursday 1 August 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), by New Haven CT 15 August 1957 on WNHC (Channel 8), and by Los Angeles Thursday 17 October 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11); in Albany NY it was first telecast 18 March 1958 on WTEN (Channel 10), in San Francisco 21 May 1958 on KGO (Channel 7), and in Minneapolis 9 March 1961 on KMGM (Channel 9). See more »

Goofs

In the scene with the little girl in a febrile coma and the interns working hard to get it down; Dr. Gillespie is seen looking at an oral thermometer that was supposedly used to check her temp. In this sort of situation that is highly unlikely. Even in this era oral and rectal thermometers were different shapes so no mistakes could be made. See more »

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Dr. Lee Wong How: I'm small, but I'm from Brooklyn!
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Follows Dr. Kildare's Wedding Day (1941) See more »

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Dr. G, miracle man
2 September 2005 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Lionel Barrymore is the omniscient Dr. Gillespie in this episodic entry into the popular Dr. Kildare/Dr. Gillespie series. The overworked doc has two ambitious men working under him, cute Van Johnson and charming Keye Luke, and they both want to be his top man. Donna Reed is a beautiful young woman who comes to Gillespie for advice as the film begins - she wants to get married, but she's worried about a crazy man, crazy about her, who is now in jail for murder. Gillespie endeavors to get the man institutionalized. He helps give a young man who lost his legs during the war have the will to continue; he saves four little girls in the children's' ward; wrecks Van Johnson's love life - it's all just business as usual for Dr. Gillespie of Blair General.

The cast is charming but this film is just too sweet for words, and Dr. Gillespie is a real fantasy character even for 1943. I suppose with the war on, this is what America wanted to see. It's interesting that like our President at the time, Gillespie is also in a wheelchair, in a position of power, and larger than life.


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