Young Dr. Kildare

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  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Release year: 1938
  • Running time: 82 min
Young Dr. Kildare is a 1938 film starring Lew Ayres as Dr. James Kildare, an idealistic, freshly graduated medical intern, who benefits greatly from the wise counsel of his experienced mentor, Dr. Leonard Gillespie (played by Lionel Barrymore). read more

Young Dr. Kildare is a 1938 film starring Lew Ayres as Dr. James Kildare, an idealistic, freshly graduated medical intern, who benefits greatly from the wise counsel of his experienced mentor, Dr. Leonard Gillespie (played by Lionel Barrymore). The film was based on a story and characters created by author Frederick Schiller Faust, writing as Max Brand. This was the second of a total of ten films featuring the "Dr. Kildare" character, but the first made by MGM, the first starring Ayres, and the first film appearance of the Dr. Gillespie character. The first Kildare film, Internes Can't Take Money (1937), was made by Paramount, featured Joel McCrea in the title role, and was based on an earlier Faust character and story that did not include the crusty Gillespie. After Internes Can't Take Money failed to meet Paramount's commercial expectations, MGM acquired the rights and worked with Faust to revise the character and storyline for greater viewer appeal, including the addition of Gillespie. Young Doctor Kildare introduced the regulars working at Blair, including hospital administrator Dr. Carew (Walter Kingsford), nurses Molly Byrd (Alma Kruger) and Nosey Parker (Nell Craig), orderly Conover (George H. Reed), ambulance attendant Joe Wayman (Nat Pendleton), switchboard operator Sally (Marie Blake), and Mike Ryan (Frank Orth), proprietor of Sullivan's Hospital Cafe. Following the success of Young Dr. Kildare, MGM went on to make a total of nine Kildare films, plus an additional six films centering on Gillespie after Kildare had been phased out.

Original Release

10/14/1938

US Release

10/14/1938

Cast

Lionel Barrymore Dr. Leonard Gillespie
Lew Ayres Dr. James Kildare
Lynne Carver Alice Raymond
Nat Pendleton Joe Wayman
Jo Ann Sayers Barbara Chanler
Samuel S. Hinds Dr. Stephen Kildare
Emma Dunn Mrs. Martha Kildare
Walter Kingsford Dr. P. Walter Carew
Truman Bradley Jack Hamilton
Monty Woolley Dr. Lane-Porteus
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Harold S. Bucquet

Writers

Harry Ruskin, Willis Goldbeck, Max Brand

Cast

Lionel Barrymore Dr. Leonard Gillespie
Lew Ayres Dr. James Kildare
Lynne Carver Alice Raymond
Nat Pendleton Joe Wayman
Jo Ann Sayers Barbara Chanler
Samuel S. Hinds Dr. Stephen Kildare
Emma Dunn Mrs. Martha Kildare
Walter Kingsford Dr. P. Walter Carew
Truman Bradley Jack Hamilton
Monty Woolley Dr. Lane-Porteus
Pierre Watkin Mr. Robert Chanler
Nella Walker Mrs. Chanler
Murray Alper Blue Swan Waiter
Granville Bates Harry Cook
Barbara Bedford Nurse
Margaret Bert Little Boy's Mother
Marie Blake Miss Sally Green
Virginia Brissac Boardinghouse Landlady
John Butler Coronary Patient
Don Castle Dr. Bates

Producers

Editors

Elmo Veron

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