Dr. Kildare’s Strange Case (April 12, 1940)

Lew Ayres
 

Released on April 12, 1940: (running time 1 hour and 17 minutes) Dr. Kildare takes a horrible chance in order to save the career of a brain surgeon that wants Dr. Kildare's girlfriend.

Produced by Lou L. Ostrow

Directed by Harold S. Bucquet

The Actors: Lew Ayres (Dr. James 'Jimmy' Kildare), Lionel Barrymore (Dr. Leonard Gillespie), Laraine Day (Nurse Mary Lamont), Shepperd Strudwick (Dr. Gregory 'Greg' Lane), Samuel S. Hinds (Dr. Stephen Kildare), Emma Dunn (Mrs. Martha Kildare), Nat Pendleton (Joe Wayman the ambulance driver), Walter Kingsford (Dr. S.J. 'Walter' Carew), Alma Kruger (Molly Byrd, Superintendant of Nurses), John Eldredge (Henry Adams, the amnesia patient), Nell Craig (Nurse 'Nosy' Parker), Marie Blake (Sally the switchboard operator), Charles Waldron (Dr. 'Egghead' Squires), George Lessey (Rufus Ingersoll), Tom Collins (Dr. Joiner), George Reed (Conover, Dr. Gillespie's attendant), Paul Porcasi (Antonio 'Tony' the hospital chef), Horace McMahon (J. Harold 'Fog Horn' Murphy), Frank Orth (Mike Ryan, Sullivan's hospital cafe), Margaret Seddon (Mrs. Julia Cray, the skin alergy patient), Fay Helm (Mrs. Henry Adams), Marcia Mae Jones (Florence, the waiting room nurse), Donald Douglas (Mr. Grayson the patient losing his eyesight)

 

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In the 1930’ s and 1940’s there was no more beloved series of movies than the ones featuring Dr. Kildare, played by Lew Ayres, and his mentor Dr. Gillespie, played by the legendary actor Lionel Barrymore. In this episode, Dr. Kildare has competition for his girlfriend Nurse Mary Lamont. Dr. Greg Lane, from a wealthy family, is the hospital's brain surgeon, and he has all of the charm that Dr. Kildare has, plus lots of money to pamper Nurse Lamont. But Dr. Lane has problems of his own. After several necessary brain surgeries end with the death of the patient, it seems that Dr. Lane’s career and reputation is in doubt. Dr. Gillespie and Dr. Kildare both believe he is a good surgeon in spite of these deaths, but the hospital board thinks he may not be the good surgeon that he should be.

Dr. Kildare is assigned to assist Dr. Lane for a while, and Wednesday night a man hit by a truck is brought into the emergency room in need of immediate brain surgery. The man was wearing an overcoat and pajamas, with no identification. Although Dr. Lane is hesitant to operate, because he is having doubts about his abilities, Dr. Kildare convinces him to go ahead and operate immediately to save the man's life. The operation is successful, but when the man wakes up Thursday morning after surgery, he speaks incoherently about ‘Friday’ - it seems to Dr. Kildare that the man has gone insane. The hospital administrator is convinced that the surgery by Dr. Lane has resulted in the man going insane, and prepare to take action that may end Dr. Lane's career. Dr. Kildare becomes convinced that the patient may have already been insane before the operation, so he sets out to discover the man's identity and whether he was insane before he was hit by a truck.

It turns out that maybe the man isn't insane at all, and there is a compelling reason that he is vitally interested in reaching Friday. Can Dr. Kildare discover what momentous importance Friday has to this man? Is the man really insane after all? Will Dr. Kildare be able to both save the patient, and Dr. Lane’s career, and not lose his girlfriend at the same time? Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn drizzled with plenty of warm melted butter and enjoy the show.

Alma Kruger
Alma Kruger
Alma Kruger and Lew Ayres
Alma Kruger and Lew Ayres
Laraine Day, Alma Kruger
Laraine Day, Alma Kruger
Alma Kruger
Alma Kruger
Alma Kruger
Alma Kruger
Charles Waldron
Charles Waldron
Donald Douglas
Donald Douglas
Emma Dunn
Emma Dunn
Emma Dunn, Lew Ayres
Emma Dunn, Lew Ayres
Fay Helm, Lew Ayres
Fay Helm, Lew Ayres
Frank Orth
Frank Orth
Frank Orth, Nat Pendleton
Frank Orth, Nat Pendleton
Frank Orth
Frank Orth
George Lessey
George Lessey
George Lessey
George Lessey
George Reed, Lionel Barrymore
George Reed, Lionel Barrymore
Horace McMahon
Horace McMahon
Horace McMahon, Nat Pendleton, Emma Dunn
Horace McMahon, Nat Pendleton, Emma Dunn
John Eldredge
John Eldredge
John Eldredge, Lew Ayres
John Eldredge, Lew Ayres
Laraine Day
Laraine Day
Laraine Day, Alma Kruger
Laraine Day, Alma Kruger
Laraine Day, Lew Ayres
Laraine Day, Lew Ayres
Laraine Day, Lew Ayres
Laraine Day, Lew Ayres
Laraine Day, Lew Ayres
Laraine Day, Lew Ayres
Laraine Day, Lew Ayres
Paul Porcasi and Laraine Day
Laraine Day, Nell Craig
Laraine Day, Nell Craig
Laraine Day, Shepperd Strudwick
Laraine Day, Shepperd Strudwick
Laraine Day, Walter Kingsford
Laraine Day, Walter Kingsford
Laraine Day
Laraine Day
Laraine Day, Alma Kruger
Laraine Day, Alma Kruger
Laraine Day, Lew Ayers
Laraine Day, Lew Ayers
Laraine Day
Laraine Day
Lew Ayres
Lew Ayres
Lew Ayres
Lew Ayres
Lew Ayres
Lew Ayres
Lionel Barrymore
Lionel Barrymore
Lionel Barrymore, Laraine Day, Lew Ayres
Lionel Barrymore, Laraine Day, Lew Ayres
Lionel Barrymore, Lew Ayres
Lionel Barrymore, Lew Ayres
Lionel Barrymore, Walter Kingsford
Lionel Barrymore, Walter Kingsford
Lionel Barrymore
Lionel Barrymore
Lionel Barrymore
Lionel Barrymore
Lionel Barrymore, Walter Kingsford
Lionel Barrymore, Walter Kingsford
Lionel Barrymore
Lionel Barrymore
Margaret Seddon
Margaret Seddon
Margaret Seddon, Nell Craig
Margaret Seddon, Nell Craig
Marie Blake
Marie Blake
Marie Blake
Marie Blake
Nat Pendleton
Nat Pendleton
Nat Pendleton, Marie Blake
Nat Pendleton, Marie Blake
Paule Porcasi, Alma Kruger
Paule Porcasi, Alma Kruger
Paul Porcasi, Laraine Day
Paul Porcasi, Laraine Day
Samuel S. Hinds
Samuel S. Hinds
Samuel S. Hinds, Lionel Barrymore
Samuel S. Hinds, Lionel Barrymore
Shepperd Strudwick
Shepperd Strudwick
Shepperd Strudwick
Shepperd Strudwick
Shepperd Strudwick
Shepperd Strudwick
Walter Kingsford
Walter Kingsford
Walter Kingsford
Walter Kingsford
Walter Kingsford
Walter Kingsford