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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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Willis Goldbeck

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Jack Andrews (original screenplay), Harry Ruskin (original screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lionel Barrymore ... Dr. Leonard Gillespie
James Craig ... Dr. Tommy Coalt
Lucille Bremer ... Cynthia Grace
Jayne Meadows ... Mrs. Selkirk
Warner Anderson ... Teddy Selkirk
Henry Stephenson ... Dr. Evans Biddle
Alma Kruger ... Molly Byrd
Keye Luke ... Dr. Lee Wong How
Art Baker ... Dr. Sanford Burson
Lester Matthews ... Wyndham Grace
Marie Blake ... Sally
Ben Lessy ... Napoleon
Geraldine Wall Geraldine Wall ... Mrs. Rowland
Nell Craig ... Nurse 'Nosey' Parker
George Reed ... Conover
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Storyline

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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Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 December 1947 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Cynthia's Secret See more »

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Budget:

$875,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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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It takes two doctors to commit
6 December 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The final film of the gang at Blair General Hospital takes place with Dr. Gillespie having a new protégé in James Craig who is a brilliant guy, but who already has the bedside manner of Lionel Barrymore in Dutch Uncle mode. Craig's stepped on the toes of a few patients and Barrymore's solution is to send him on an 8 week vacation to the country where he can take over Dr. Art Baker's practice temporarily.

It doesn't take long for Craig to get in hot water in the country. The daughter of the town's wealthiest citizen Lester Matthews has been behaving erratically. Matthews wants to have her committed and he has his own physician Henry Stephenson ready, but it takes two doctors to commit and Craig does not think that Lucille Bremer belongs in an asylum.

Craig takes a very big chance with this case, enough to get him tossed out of the profession it he's wrong. He's got another crisis as well this one involving young married couple Warner Anderson and Jayne Meadows adopting a baby. Apparently the law requires a physical examination on the grounds of an adopted baby should have two healthy parents officially confirmed that way. Anderson is under the belief he has a heart condition for reasons never told by the film and he won't get a checkup. That one gets farmed out to Keye Luke.

The Blair General Hospital group may have ended its cinematic run on the big screen. But in the early 60s it was revived on television most memorably with Richard Chamberlain and Raymond Massey playing Gillespie without a wheelchair.

One comment I do have to say. Some kind of purple heart should go out to Nell Craig who played Nurse Parker who was Gillespie's personal nurse. The abuse that woman took from that man. She must have held him in great personal and professional esteem. I would have walked off that job in a New York minute.

The Kildare/Gillespie films were products of MGM's B picture unit. But even with that they had a certain MGM class to them. Dark Delusion was a fine one for the series to end with.


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