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Dr. Kildare: Season 1 (1961)

Richard Chamberlain , Raymond Massey  |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Richard Chamberlain, Raymond Massey
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Warner Archive
  • DVD Release Date: April 16, 2013
  • Run Time: 1700 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CDV4Q9A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,807 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

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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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A DREAM COMES TRUE May 13, 2013
Dr. Kildare was not simply my favorite movie from the sixties, but of ALL time. Many years ago, an elderly fan passed away, and I received her boxes of 6 mm films, that she had taped from the Dr. Kildare programs. The Richard Chamberlain fan club wanted to see Dr. Kildare, and we tried to find out if the series would ever be released, but at the time it seemed impossible. My daughter made some DVD's of the programs that weren't too fuzzy to watch, but no matter how hard we tried, most of the programs were not enjoyable because the film was so old. Nevertheless, they got an idea, of just how fabulous, Richard Chamberlain and Raymond Massey were as Dr. Kildare and his mentor, Dr. Gillespie. We all hoped that someday, the original programs would be released. My Dream Came True. I have been staying up late enjoying these wonderful, newly released packages. I just wanted to cry, when I saw how clear and beautiful the picture is, and the voice is equally clear and enjoyable. I felt like a teenager once more, as I went back in time, and entered the world of Dr. Kildare and the drama at Blair General Hospital. Richard Chamberlain is now 79 years old, and is still gorgeous. All men should age so well. I have had numerous letters from Richard Chamberlain over the years, and he is also, the world's nicest actor. I even got a phone call from him, when he was in Portland doing a television project several years ago. He is friendly, down to earth, and it was unbelievable to me, that he would take time to call. After all, I am ONLY his oldest, and most fervent fan. Lol! Dr. Kildare was sensational. Richard Chamberlain was perfect in that role. He had the diction, presence, and humility, to make the Kildare character believable and lovable. Kildare was a huge sensation in The United Kingdom also. Read more ›
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than I remembered 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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Doctor Series 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Dr. Kildare" 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful memories! 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Blast from the past!
It is wonderful to watch this old series again. Watched the show as a child in elementary school. Seeing it again is quite amazing, as everyone is smoking in the hospital! Read more
Published 8 days ago by Dorothy Morgan Matula
5.0 out of 5 stars Loving this Dr. Kildare set
I am a huge fan of Richard Chamberlain and have been for at least 50 years. My friend and I have viewed 2 of the 9 dvds of the first season and these episodes are clear and sharp.
Published 15 days ago by Marcy
5.0 out of 5 stars happy
Have never seen the show now I can catch up on it and see the show. It did take a long time to get it
Published 1 month ago by Linda Hazouri
5.0 out of 5 stars Dr. Kildare
I watched Dr. Kildare as a kid, when ever my Mom let me, loved them then and love them now. Quality is great, acting is very good and just the historical value is very important,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gail
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites
I really liked this show as a child. Have enjoyed being able to see it again and sharing it with my daughter who also loves it.
Published 2 months ago by Debra Kraemer
5.0 out of 5 stars 1950'S MEDICAL SHOWS WERE DOMINATED BY THREE BIG NAMES, KILDARE, BEN...
Dr. Kildare was a bit naieve but his heart was always in the right place. The stories are compelling for the most part. The medical technology seems almost stone aged now. Read more
Published 3 months ago by THE AUTISTIC WEREWOLF
5.0 out of 5 stars Great classic drama
Great medical drama with excellent cast and guest stars. Watch for folks like William Shatner and Harvey Norman showing up in small parts before they became well known. Read more
Published 4 months ago by jrc
5.0 out of 5 stars Dr. Kildare: The First Season
i thoroughly enjoyed all of the first season of Dr. Kildare. He was my idol when I was in high school and it is so nice to see the old programs again and all of the commercials... Read more
Published 4 months ago by JMS.
5.0 out of 5 stars Just great!!
This one was a Christmas gift for my sister-in-law who grew up with this show...she enjoyed it so much and it made her very happy. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Dawn LoBue
5.0 out of 5 stars Get ready to fall in love,girls!!
Great story lines, Chamberlain is so handsome a new generation of female viewers will fall in love, and the older generation will fall all over again. Read more
Published 5 months ago by pamrn
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