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  • Actors: Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore, Laraine Day, Shepperd Strudwick, Samuel S. Hinds
  • Directors: Harold S. Bucquet
  • Writers: Harry Ruskin, Max Brand, Willis Goldbeck
  • Format: Black & White, Original recording reissued, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Alpha Video
  • VHS Release Date: April 16, 2002
  • Run Time: 77 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006AUKK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,056,541 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By David A. Edwards on October 26, 2002
Format: DVD
I am a medical student collecting movies about the medical field. I enjoyed this movie for a couple simple reasons: It is full of amusing stereotypes, has some hilarious scenes on insulin shock therapy that would make a modern doc cringe, and Lionel Barrymore is a great actor! I think I will look for more movies with this funny old fellow.
The movie is about a Young Dr. Kildare (Lew Ayres) who is doing a residency at Blair General. He is in love with a nurse(Laraine Day) (of course!) and she can't stand the thought of not being married (my oh my), like the older Head Nurse of the hospital. Anyway, Dr. Kildare doesn't earn much as a resident (yup) so he figures he can't afford to get married right now. This little love story goes on around an incident with a Dr. Lane, a surgeon who is having bad luck with a string of dying patients. Dr. Kildare tries to save Dr. Lane's reputation by convincing the hospital that it isn't Dr. Lane's skills that are lacking. In the end, Dr. Kildare wins the admiration of the hospital, Dr. Lane, his residency director Lionel Barrymore), and of course the nurse.
Apparently there are 15 flicks about Dr. Kildare. This one is the 4th of 15. They follow the idealist young doctor as he emerges from medical school and eventually becomes an accomplished and confident doctor. I would like to see the other movies as well, but this is the only one on DVD right now.
Following the string of 15 movies, there was a t.v. series about Dr. Kildare that ran for a few years when t.v. was new.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karin Foust on April 21, 2013
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Love these old movies! Entertaining and delightful. I really enjoy these old series. They provide a delightful end to stress-filled days.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S on March 23, 2013
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This is a wonderful movie! I would highly recommend this movie to anyone and everyone! Please bring more of the Dr. Kildare movies out on dvd! I am huge fan and would love to get them all on dvd!
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I always enjoyed the Dr. Kildare series. The casting was excellent, especially Lionel Barrymore as the irrascible Dr. Gillespie. If it were not for him, I doubt this series would have been as popular as it was. I believe this is number four in the series, and by this time Dr. Kildare and nurse Mary Lamont are in love, but Dr. Kildare only makes twenty dollars a month as an intern, so he doesn't feel like he can support a wife. Thus he has made no promises to Mary. Remember, back in these days (1940) women always quit their jobs when they got married. Thus Mary has started dating a young brain surgeon, who also has happened to lose alot of patients lately. He finally gets suspended from the hospital when the last of his patients has gone insane seemingly as a result of the surgery he has performed.

At this point Dr. Kildare takes up the case of proving that the patient is not insane as a result of the surgery by jolting him back to sanity via insulin shock therapy. This primitive method that was long a mainstream treatment for mental patients involves injecting someone with a large dose of insulin and then sitting back and seeing what develops. As a diabetic I can tell you what develops, sweating followed by seizures, possibly followed by death or coma. However, the medical profession, which had a primitive understanding of diabetes and insulin seventy years ago, thinks that what happens is that the human brain regresses back to its primitive self, then back to its evolved present and that the patient's sanity is sometimes restored in the process. This is how Dr. Kildare explains it in the film and it is both hilarious and somewhat shocking.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Christenson / Lunamation on October 21, 2005
Format: DVD
In Dr. Kildare's Strange Case, Kildare (Lew Ayres) urges a diffident brain surgeon to operate on an unidentified accident victim. When the patient wakes, he rants about being in the wrong day: "You put me in Thursday - I need to be in Friday!" Failing to identify the man, Kildare assumes he was already insane before the operation and goes behind Gillespie's (Lionel Barrymore) back to administer insulin shock therapy - overnight to make sure the patient gets back in Friday where he belongs - to prove the brain surgeon wasn't at fault.

There are minor subplots with a moderate amount of humor and a bit of melodrama that would only interest fans following the series - like, will Kildare take a high paying job and leave the hospital? Barrymore's performance is as good as usual, and the rest of the cast competent.

The cast includes Nat Pendleton, who sometimes played a sergeant or cop in Abbott & Costello movies like Buck Privates.
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By Mary B. on March 14, 2014
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I like Lew Ayres, however he's had better movies than this one. However I did enjoy it, especially seeing Lorraine Day again.
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By Debra Dressel on December 23, 2013
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I was a fan of the tv program and I enjoy the original version of this program. It arrived in great condition and also in a timely manner.
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By Shoe Fan on July 8, 2013
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I love these old movies. The Dr. Kildare series is very corny by today's standards, but it is a lot of fun to watch.
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