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Dark Delusion (1947)

Approved | | Drama, Mystery | 19 December 1947 (Mexico)
Dr. Leonard Gillespie, for several reasons and not all medically related, asks a young surgeon, Dr. Tommy Coalt, to go to a small town and replace a local doctor while he is on vacation. ... See full summary »

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... Dr. Leonard Gillespie
... Dr. Tommy Coalt
... Cynthia Grace
... Mrs. Selkirk
... Teddy Selkirk
... Dr. Evans Biddle
... Molly Byrd
... Dr. Lee Wong How
... Dr. Sanford Burson
... Wyndham Grace
... Sally
... Napoleon
Geraldine Wall ... Mrs. Rowland
... Nurse 'Nosey' Parker
... Conover
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Dr. Leonard Gillespie, for several reasons and not all medically related, asks a young surgeon, Dr. Tommy Coalt, to go to a small town and replace a local doctor while he is on vacation. There, Coalt is asked to sign commitment papers on a young lady, Cythia Grace, for reasons of insanity. Coalt thinks there is something amiss in Our Town and King's Row, and begins his own investigation. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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How Much Can a Guilty Girl Hide?

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$875,000 (estimated)
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15th and final film in MGM'S long-running Dr. Kildare/Dr. Gillespie film franchise that ran from 1938 to 1947. The first nine films starred Lew Ayres as Kildare, and all 15 featured Lionel Barrymore as Gillespie. See more »

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Dr. Tommy Coalt: In every form of insanity there has to be some form of definite pattern.
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Follows Dr. Kildare's Crisis (1940) See more »

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End of a successful series
21 December 2014 | by See all my reviews

The Dr. Kildare series, which morphed into the Dr. Gillespie series, has its last episode with "Dark Delusions." Filmed in 1947, it also stars James Craig as Dr. Coalt. Coalt is a brilliant doctor but a little too aggressive for a doctor starting out -- translation: he's in trouble with the upper crust.

Gillespie (Lionel Barrymore) sends Coalt to replace Dr. Art Baker in the country temporarily. There, his strong-mindedness and little regard for big monied people gets him embroiled in another tough case. The father of a young woman, Lester Matthews, wants to have his daughter (Lucille Bremer) committed, but Dr. Coalt won't sign the papers. He believes that her problem can be cured and sets out to gain the young woman's confidence and help her, despite opposition.

A secondary plot concerns parents (Jayne Meadows and Warner Anderson) of a baby about to be adopted by them. In order to finalize the adoption, both parents have to pass a physical. The mother has her physical, but her husband keeps finding excuses not to have one. It's up to Keye Luke to get to the bottom of the problem.

Good episode, but of the Ayres replacements, Craig was probably the most boring. The combo of Van Johnson and Keye Luke was the liveliest. I've never been a big fan of Van Johnson's, but he certainly brought lightness and charm to the proceedings.

Good, glossy series in the MGM tradition.


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