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Dr. Kildare

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Dr. James Kildare was the primary character in a series of American theatrical films in the late 1930s and early 1940s, an early 1950s radio series, and a 1960s television series of the same name. The character was invented by the western fiction author, Frederick Schiller Faust.

The character began the film series as a medical intern; after becoming a doctor he was mentored by an older physician, Dr. Leonard Gillespie. After the first ten films, the series eliminated the character of Kildare and focused instead on Gillespie.

Films in the series included:

  • Internes Can't Take Money (1937), starring Joel McCrea as Kildare IMDb page (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0029050/)
  • Young Dr. Kildare (1938), which introduced Lew Ayres in the Kildare role, and Lionel Barrymore as Dr. Gillespie IMDb page (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0031000/)
  • Calling Dr. Kildare (1939) IMDb page (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0031133/)
  • The Secret of Dr. Kildare (1939) IMDb page (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0031909/)
  • Dr. Kildare's Strange Case (1940) IMDb page (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0032416/)
  • Dr. Kildare Goes Home (1940) IMDb page (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0032414/)
  • Dr. Kildare's Crisis (1940) IMDb page (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0032415/)
  • The People vs. Dr. Kildare (1941) IMDb page (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0034013/)
  • Dr. Kildare's Wedding Day (1941) IMDb page (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0033555/)
  • Dr. Kildare's Victory (1942) IMDb page (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0033554/)

Later films in the series without Kildare:

  • Calling Dr. Gillespie (1942) IMDb page (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0034570/)
  • Dr. Gillespie's New Assistant (1942), which introduced Gillespie's assistants Dr. Randall Adams (Van Johnson) and Dr. Lee Wong How (Keye Luke) IMDb page (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0034680/)
  • Dr. Gillespie's Criminal Case (1943) IMDb page (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0035826/)
  • Three Men in White (1944) IMDb page (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0037373/)
  • Between Two Women (1945) IMDb page (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0036640/)
  • Dark Delusion (1947), without Johnson IMDb page (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0039301/)

Television show

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Richard Chamberlain as Dr Kildare

Dr. Kildare was an NBC medical drama television series which ran from September 27, 1961 until September 9, 1965. A total of 190 episodes were made.

It told the story of a young intern, Dr. James Kildare (Richard Chamberlain), working in a fictional large metropolitan hospital (Blair General) whilst trying to learn his profession, deal with problems of the patients, and win the respect of the senior doctor, Dr. Leonard Gillespie (Raymond Massey).

The series was largely responsible for making Chamberlain a teen idol in the 1960s. He also recorded a song, entitled Three Stars Will Shine Tonight, based on its famous theme tune.

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