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Dr. Kildare's Wedding Day (1941)

Passed | | Drama | 22 August 1941 (USA)
It is a week before Dr. Kildare's wedding to pretty Nurse Mary Lamont. The hospital is a-buzz with preparation for the big day. Good old Dr. Gillespie, despite fatigue, has agreed to help a... See full summary »

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Harold S. Bucquet

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Willis Goldbeck (screen play), Harry Ruskin (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lew Ayres ... Dr. James Kildare
Lionel Barrymore ... Dr. Leonard Gillespie
Laraine Day ... Mary Lamont
Red Skelton ... Vernon Briggs
Alma Kruger ... Molly Byrd
Samuel S. Hinds ... Dr. Stephen Kildare
Nils Asther ... Constanzo Labardi
Walter Kingsford ... Dr. Walter Carew
Emma Dunn ... Mrs. Martha Kildare
Miles Mander ... Dr. Lockberg
Nell Craig ... Nurse Parker
Frank Orth ... Mike Ryan
George Reed ... Conover (as George H. Reed)
Marie Blake ... Sally
Margaret Seddon Margaret Seddon ... Mrs. Bartlett
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It is a week before Dr. Kildare's wedding to pretty Nurse Mary Lamont. The hospital is a-buzz with preparation for the big day. Good old Dr. Gillespie, despite fatigue, has agreed to help a prominent orchestra conductor regain his hearing. But soon tragedy strikes . . . will the hospital ever be the same? Written by Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>

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Terror Strikes Their Dream of Love!

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 August 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dr. Kildare - Der Hochzeitstag See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although credited with music score, Bronislau Kaper did not contribute to the soundtrack. See more »

Quotes

Mary Lamont: Look, honey, you're only six years old and that's too young to get married.
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Follows Dr. Kildare's Strange Case (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

The Wedding March
(1843) (uncredited)
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61"
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Recessional music played on piano by Betty Farrington at the wedding rehearsal
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The Best of the Kildare Series
17 July 2019 | by DrakeBulletSee all my reviews

The big day has finally arrived! Dr. Jimmy Kildare is finally marrying Nurse Mary Lamont, and all his friends in the hospital are preparing for the big day. Dr. Gillespie is occupied with helping a well-known orchestra conductor who thinks he's going deaf, but that's not all Gillespie's busy with: he's also trying his best to talk and scheme his way out of going to cancer specialist Dr. Lockburg's sanitarium for a month. Everything's going just beautifully, until an utterly unexpected tragedy strikes the night before the wedding. Now it's up to good old Gillespie to bring Jimmy back to some semblance of reality.

This might be my all-time favorite in the Kildare series so far; I still have one more to go, plus five in the Gillespie series that I have yet to see. But one of the things that make this one so interesting is the musical theme inherent in the plot. Lionel Barrymore composed the music for this one, and plays it on the piano himself too. In real life, Lionel had a high regard for classical music and knew a lot about many famous composers. He composed some music himself, claiming that much of it was actually "stolen from real composers" (the way he states it in his autobiography "We Barrymores", written in 1951), and played the piano as well as the oboe!

So all that serves to contribute to a most interesting and well-above average entry for the Kildare series. I have always referred to Lionel as an acting genius, and it was funny to hear him call himself a genius in this movie, through the character of Gillespie of course.

It's also fascinating to discover a bit more about Dr. Gillespie's background and personal life. He talks about a girl he used to love, and how he ended up losing her...sounding much the same as what Kildare is going through when he tells him. He talks about how another brilliant, famous doctor helped him during that difficult time and convinced him to continue his career instead of giving up, and it also appears that Gillespie comes from a pretty well-to-do background, this being revealed when he asks Kildare to meet him somewhere to talk, and gives him the address for a big, lovely, rambling old house that turns out to be "the old Gillespie Place", his childhood home.

So sit back, relax, and enjoy one of the best films the series had to offer!


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