The Secret of Dr Kildare
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This film, number three in the series, is one of the best and perhaps the most representative of the entire series. Ayres and Barrymore play off each other beautifully, and they have fine support from the regular ensemble who played a major part in most of the other "Dr. Kildare" films, including Laraine Day as Nurse Mary Lamont, Alma Kruger as Head Nurse Molly Bird, Walter Kingsford as Hospital Director Dr. S.J. Carew, Nell Craig as Nurse "Nosey" Parker, Marie Blake (Jeanette MacDonald's older sister) as Sally the wisecracking switchboard operator, and Nat Pendleton as the slow-witted ambulance driver Joe Wayman.
"The Secret of Dr. Kildare" especially shows off the technique the series featured of the characters being involved in several intertwined plots. Dr. Kildare attempts to stop Dr. Gillespie from wrecking his health while working on a cure for pneumonia, and at the same time takes up the call for help of a Wall Street business magnate (Lionel Atwill) whose debutante daughter (Helen Gilbert) has begun to behave oddly and eventually develops psychosomatic blindness. While all this goes on, Dr. Kildare's parents (Emma Dunn & Samuel S. Hinds) come to New York supposedly for a friendly visit with their son, but more serious matters lie underneath.
This was Helen Gilbert's second feature film.Read more ›
However, Roan has really done a poor job, both in finding a suitable source and in performing the transfer. Film damage is quite apparent at the front and back of each reel. The opening credits are particularly jumpy, as well. As for the transfer, there is a lot of softness to the picture, it is quite dark, and tends, in many portions, to have a greenish tint.
The "extras" on the DVD, if you wish to call them that, vary from worthless ("Radiation March"????) to poorly executed. To have Roan's President sitting next to a film historian, holding a portable camera in the historian's face, just seems really amateurish.
It would be nice if Warner (who now owns the rights) would release a box set of the Kildare movies. However, given that they have pretty much given up on classic films (outside of their make-to-order DVD-R's), it is doubtful we will ever see this movie in a quality release.
If you enjoy Dr. Kildare like I do, go ahead and get this release. Just don't expect too much. Two and a half stars.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Totally enjoyed this old movie I enjoyed the tv show but enjoyed the original movies just as much. The movies arrived on time and in good condition.Published on December 23, 2013 by Debra Dressel
These old Dr. Kildare movies are a hoot. I think there are only two available in DVD, too bad. The acting is corny and the plot is kind of non-existent, but they are fun to... Read morePublished on July 8, 2013 by Shoe Fan
Another GREAT Dr. Kildare movie! Also starring Lionel Barrymore whom which I Love! Great actor! Which more of these were made.Published on July 17, 2012 by RCRugg
Lionel Barrymore as Dr. Gillespie, the brilliant, cranky, wheelchair bound doctor makes this movie worth viewing. Mr. Read morePublished on October 20, 2010 by Tony Harris
I also have the two releases, the secret of Dr. Kildare and the strange case of Dr. Kildare. Read more