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The Secret of Dr Kildare

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Intern Kildare heals a millionaire's daughter and tricks Dr. Gillespie into taking a vacation.

Special Features

  • An exclusive introduction and film history by New York Post film critic Lou Lumenick

Product Details

  • Actors: Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore, Lionel Atwill, Helen Gilbert, Nat Pendleton
  • Directors: Harold S. Bucquet
  • Writers: Harry Ruskin, Max Brand, Willis Goldbeck
  • Producers: Lou L. Ostrow
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Roan Archival Group
  • DVD Release Date: June 6, 2006
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EWBOGS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,790 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Secret of Dr Kildare" on IMDb

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By A Customer on June 23, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
If you are a fan of classic movies this is one for your library. You have the richness of Lionel Barrymore as Dr. Gillespie, and the vulnerability of Lew Ayers as Dr. Kildare. The supporting roles help illuminate the danger in putting anothers well-being before your own. There is a drama with just enough humor relief to make for enjoyable evening watching old friends.
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By A Customer on April 14, 2004
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In the 1930's & 40's, one of the most popular movie series was MGM's "Dr. Kildare" that starred Lew Ayres as the young intern James ("Jimmy") Kildare and Lionel Barrymore as his gruff but friendly mentor Dr. Leonard Gillespie as they encountered various patients and crises at Blair General Hospital, a New York City teaching hospital.
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.
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The Secret of Dr. Kildare was the third installment of the series which would eventually lead to 15. Dr. Kildare must discover why a young woman has hysterical blindness. His father has been diagnosed with heart problems that leaves him only a short time to live. At the same time Dr. Gillespie who is Kildare's boss is suffering from terminal cancer and falls to exhaustion while he and Kildare are looking for a cure to pneumonia. Unless Kildare quits his job, Gillespie will die from exhaustion. A very good movie that stands alone whether you watch the series or not.
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I love the Dr. Kildare movies, primarily because I have always been a fan of Lionel Barrymore's work. This is an excellent entry in the series, combining both medical drama and humor. You will find the movie itself quite enjoyable. Barrymore is on his game.

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.
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This is an absolutely fabulous movie! I would highly recommend this to anyone! Please bring more of the Dr. Kildare movies out on dvd! I would love to collect and own the entire set of Dr. Kildare movies! I am a huge fan!!
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I really enjoy older movies, and Lew Ayres is a great actor to add to my library. These are entertaining movies and provide a great diversion from today's stress-filled hours. The story is good, and the outcome is good as well. Well done entertainment.
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First, if you look at these movies, either Secret of Dr. Kildare, or Dr. Kildare's Strange Case for great story telling or even totally logical plot, you will rate it MUCH lower than I did. These are the two Kildare films available in public domain (the others are still under copyright but do show up from time to time on Turner Classic Movies). The prints of the two I have are both acceptable, actually pretty good prints considering they are public domain. What makes the movies so much fun is the wonderful cast. Can anybody to the crusty/fussy/heart of gold routine even half as well as Lionel Barrymore? Lew Ayres, Laraine Day, Marie Blake (much later of tv's Addams Family), and the rest of the MGM stock company involved in these films make them a pleasure to watch. Yes, it's an antique of a movie, both in terms of medical technology and and social attitudes, and certainly not high budget quality scripting like some of the other MGM product of that era, but they sure are fun to watch if you are in the right mood!
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