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3 Men in White (1944)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 15 March 1945 (Mexico)
At Blair Hospital, physician Dr. Leonard Gillespie must choose an assistant from among his two brightest interns, Dr. Randall 'Red' Adams and Dr. Lee Wong How.


Willis Goldbeck


Harry Ruskin (original screenplay), Martin Berkeley (original screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview:
Lionel Barrymore ... Dr. Leonard B. Gillespie
Van Johnson ... Dr. Randall Adams
Marilyn Maxwell ... Ruth Edley
Keye Luke ... Dr. Lee Wong How
Ava Gardner ... Jean Brown
Alma Kruger ... Molly Bird
Rags Ragland ... Hobart Genet
Nell Craig ... Nurse 'Nosey' Parker
Walter Kingsford ... Dr. Walter Carew
George Reed ... Conover (as George H. Reed)
Celia Travers Celia Travers ... Nurse Slidell


Gillespie has to finally choose his official assistant, or Red and Lee are going to kill themselves in competition. So, it's another diagnosis competition. Lee's assignment is a small girl who falls ill whenever she eats candy. Red has to cure a girl's mother of a debilitating case of arthritis. But when Red needs Lee's help, will either one live with Gillespie's choice? Written by Kathy Li

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DR. GILLESPIE BRINGS YOU NEW THRILLS! (print ad - Lubbock Morning Avalanche - Lyric Theatre - Lubbock, Texas - November 1, 1944 - all caps) See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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This film received its initial television showing in Chicago Wednesday 19 June 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2); it first aired in Miami 30 June 1957 on WCKT (Channel 7), in Philadelphia 5 August 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Tucson 4 November 1957 on KVOA (Channel 4), in New York City 11 October 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Nashville 27 October 1957 on WLAC (Channel 5), in Los Angeles 7 November 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), in Hartford CT 14 January 1958 on WHCT (Channel 18), in Norfolk VA 11 February 1958 on WTAR (Channel 3), and in San Francisco 12 June 1958 on KGO (Channel 7). It finally found its way to Seattle 17 April 1959 on KING (Channel 5), and to Minneapolis 22 June 1959 on KMSP (Channel 9). See more »


Dr. Lee Wong How: I grew up in Brooklyn, and when you grow up in Brooklyn you learn to tell when people are bluffing, or you don't grow up in Brooklyn.
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Follows The Secret of Dr. Kildare (1939) See more »

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23 April 2006 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

The post-Lew-Ayres Dr. Kildare series sputters with Keye Luke and Van Johnson still competing to be Lionel Barrymore's assistant -- and each has to solve a medical mystery of his own choice. Meanwhile, various plots continue from earlier entries in the series, mostly comic. The series was winding down and only two more entries would come out, at two-year intervals.

This episode is better than a couple of the polished stinkers that immediately preceded it. The comic relief does not overwhelm the movie, the usual character actors are on hand in their series roles for your enjoyment and they also give you a young Ava Gardner, just another of the MGM contract players. Hubba Hubba.

But the principal reason to watch these movies is, of course, Lionel Barrymore, always an enormously enjoyable and expert performer for any role. Unfortunately, he suffered badly from rheumatism and so he spent this entire series sitting down in a wheelchair. But standing or sitting, he's always good to watch.

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Release Date:

15 March 1945 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Three Men in White See more »


Box Office


$450,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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