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Dr. Kildare's Strange Case (1940)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 12 April 1940 (USA)
Young Dr. Kildare tries to help an unlucky brain surgeon and his seemingly insane patient.

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Harold S. Bucquet

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Max Brand (story), Willis Goldbeck (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lew Ayres ... Dr. James 'Jimmy' Kildare
Lionel Barrymore ... Dr. Leonard Gillespie
Laraine Day ... Nurse Mary Lamont
Shepperd Strudwick ... Dr. Gregory 'Greg' Lane
Samuel S. Hinds ... Dr. Stephen Kildare
Emma Dunn ... Mrs. Martha Kildare
Nat Pendleton ... Joe Wayman, Ambulance Driver
Walter Kingsford ... Dr. S.J. 'Walter' Carew, Hospital Administrator
Alma Kruger ... Molly Byrd, Superintendant of Nurses
John Eldredge ... Henry Adams, Amnesia Patient
Nell Craig ... Nurse 'Nosey' Parker
Marie Blake ... Sally, Hospital Switchboard Operator
Charles Waldron Charles Waldron ... Dr. 'Egghead' Squires, Messinger Inst.
George Lessey ... Rufus Ingersoll
Tom Collins ... Dr. Joiner
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Young Dr. Kildare is still being trained at General Hospital by old, crusty Dr. Gillespie. This time, he tries to rehabilitate Gregory Lane, a brain surgeon depressed over losing too many patients (and incidentally Kildare's romantic rival for nurse Mary Lamont). Lane's losing streak takes a new turn when one of his patients survives...but seems to be insane. Or is the man's strange obsession with Friday the clue to a mystery? To find out, Kildare must take a terrible risk. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Crime | Drama

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El extraño caso del Dr. Kildare See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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This film was first telecast in New Haven CT Sunday 3 March 1957 on WNHC (Channel 8), followed by Altoona PA Sunday 10 March 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10) and by Los Angeles Thursday 28 March 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11); It first aired in Phoenix 12 May 1957 on KPHO (Channel 5), in Norfolk VA 20 May 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3), in Minneapolis 27 July 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9), in Philadelphia 29 September 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Seattle 19 October 1957 on KING (Channel 5), in Chicago 25 January 1958 on WBBM (Channel 2), in San Francisco 27 September 1958 on KGO (Channel 7), and, finally by New York City 18 November 1959 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

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Immediately after surgery, several of the doctors take their masks off; this would not happen until they left the surgical room. See more »

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Dr. Leonard Gillespie: The operation was a success but the patient died.
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Follows Young Dr. Kildare (1938) See more »

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Reckless Dr. Kildare
26 October 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Medically speaking in Dr. Kildare's Strange Case, Lew Ayres drew to an insight straight. In seeking to help save Sheppard Strudwick's reputation as a neurosurgeon, Ayres performs a completely reckless act without official authorization to prove a point.

Ayres does all this mind you even with the fact that Strudwick who is at the top of his field and pulling down big bucks to add to the big bucks he inherited is making moves on nurse Laraine Day with whom Ayres has a running romance with in the series. Ayres on the other hand is surviving on the meager pay of an intern. But this was the days of the Code and doctors were almost always portrayed as saints.

Strudwick in the film is having a crisis of confidence and rumors that he's losing his touch are spreading. He's lost several patients, not his fault because brain surgery is always risky. Still with Ayres assistance he's operating on John Eldredge who was brought in without identification and disheveled. The operation is a success, but the patient is raving like a lunatic.

Ayres, Lionel Barrymore as Dr. Gillespie and the rest of the Kildare regulars perform magnificently bringing a rather incredulous story to the screen. In real life even if he succeeded in his treatment, young Dr. Kildare would have probably lost his medical license and been hit with a malpractice suit that some dial a shyster lawyer. And I'm sure the rest of Blair General Hospital would not have been left out.

What does Kildare do and how does it come out. For that you see Dr. Kildare's Strangest Case.


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