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Dr. Kildare: The Complete First Season

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One of the most popular and influential medical series in television history makes its first house call in this long-awaited DVD collection. Starring Richard Chamberlain in the role that rocketed him to fame and made him a teen idol, Dr. Kildare follows the gifted young intern as he learns to practice medicine under the watchful eye of his mentor, Blair General Hospital’s chief of staff, Dr. Leonard Gillespie (Raymond Massey). Created by pulp writer Max Brand in a 1936 magazine story, James Kildare would find success in a series of M-G-M theatrical films, tie-in novels and a 1950s radio show before making his TV debut on September 28, 1961. Featuring 33 compelling episodes packed with human interest and drama, Doctor Kildare: The Complete First Season also includes appearances by Oscar¨ winners* Lee Marvin, Ellen Burstyn, Beatrice Straight and Dorothy Malone, screen legends Joseph Cotten, Mary Astor, Margaret O’Brien and more! *Dorothy Malone: Actress in a Supporting Role, Written on the Wind, 1956; Lee Marvin: Actor, Cat Ballou, 1965; Ellen Burstyn, Actress, Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, 1974; Beatrice Straight: Actress in a Supporting Role, Network, 1976

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Product Details

  • Actors: Richard Chamberlain, Raymond Massey
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Archive
  • DVD Release Date: April 16, 2013
  • Run Time: 1700 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CDV4Q9A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,370 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By D. M. Johnson on July 21, 2013
I had an incredible crush on Richard Chamberlain after this series started. I was only twelve then. I hope the second season comes out because I can remember the episode with Robert Redford. I hated him because he was better looking than Chamberlain and there was a rivalry or hostility between them. 50 years later I think I can be less biased. LOL!

Now that I've seen the first 4 episodes I realize how well written and acted this series was. I can't wait to see the complete series "with maturity".
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By aussietvhobbyist on May 15, 2013
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Thank you so so so much Warner Archives and Amazon for this much anticipated release. I have just recently received my copy. I set aside Saturday nights for re-living some of my favourites, and after the first 2 episodes "Twenty-Four Hours" and "Immunity", I have found that I am hooked all over again. The greatness of 1960s television drama lies in its style of storytelling. I am l o v i n g every moment, and hope that Dr. Kildare Season One dvd will lead to Season Two very soon.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Gary P. Cohen on May 6, 2013
Dr, Kildare and Ben Casey both premiered the same year and were both smash hits. (They were cancelled the same year as well.) I remember watching both series with my father and mother. I always preferred Kildare. Ben Casey was a neurosurgeon and a large percentage of his patients suffered from brain tumors and the like. It could be a depressing show, as many of his patients wouldn't last the hour. Kildare, on the other hand, had his share of successes. Many of his patients came through fine. (I do remember a tear-jerking episode whose title escapes me, that guest starred Martin Balsam as a dying man concerned about what would happen to his mentally retarded brother, (played by Sorrell Booke,)when he passes away. Kildare gets involved and helps him. I do not remember what season this episode was from but it is still very memorable to me. I do remember that all of us watching at the time were in tears by the end of the show.)
Anyway, Richard Chamberlain and Raymond Massey were both excellent as Kildare and his mentor, Dr. Gillespie. I met Chamberlain at a movie memorabilia show a couple of years ago and asked him when Kildare would be coming out on DVD. He didn't know then, but we all know now. I greatly look forward to purchasing this classic series.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By TT on June 27, 2013
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I saw the series as a child many, many years ago. Still remember the frozen frame titles (which we used to religiously re-enact during conversations with friends.) I look at this now and realize how truly intelligent and adult the themes were not to mention the brilliant dialogue. A thrill to see actresses like Mary Astor giving superb performances. Everything about it feels genuine especially the interplay between Kildare and Gillespie. Great stuff! Thank you Warners for reviving this series! Ace job!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. C. Morgan on August 18, 2013
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This series brings back my childhood. I have fallen in love all over again. I look forward to the rest of the seasons.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Yee-haw Texas on January 7, 2014
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I waited years for this to come out on DVD. It really takes me back to when I was a young girl and wished I would get appendicitis so I would be treated by a handsome doctor like Dr. Kildare! The stories are very moving to me now as an adult, because they were from a time when ethics was paramount and people knew right from wrong. This is one of the best purchases I have ever made from Amazon.
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Crisp, articulate writing (NOT something you get nowadays), varied story lines..from heavy duty to lighter fare and a drop-dead gorgeous Richard Chamberlain, to boot!! Raymond Masey plays the lead physician as I've never seen him before--he's humorous when he needs to be, biting and sarcastic when the role needs it and entirely believable as the head honcho for all the residents--he was brilliantly chosen. HOPEFULLY, they'll release this entire series--some extras would help as as for this is a completely bare offering of season 1.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alex Dresden on July 2, 2013
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Pure nostalgia. The quality of acting is sublime. Dr Gillespie is around to give the right direction on any situation. Dr Kildare is so dashing that one wonders of present day doctors if they are giving the best. Looking forward for the next season.
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