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The Secret of Dr. Kildare (1939)

The Secret of Dr. Kildare





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In this third installment of MGM's "Dr. Kildare" series, Dr. James Kildare comes to the rescue when his supervisor/mentor Dr. Gillespie nearly collapses from overwork. Gillespie is seeking a permanent cure for pneumonia, and must ask Kildare for assistance when the task proves beyond his physical ability.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Classics, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Harry Ruskin, Willis Goldbeck
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 6, 2006


Lionel Barrymore
as Dr. Leonard Gillespi...
Lew Ayres
as Dr. James Kildare
Laraine Day
as Mary Lamont
Lionel Atwill
as Paul Messenger
Helen Gilbert
as Nancy Messenger
Nat Pendleton
as Joe Wayman
Samuel S. Hinds
as Dr. Stephen Kildare
Emma Dunn
as Mrs. Martha Kildare
Grant Mitchell
as John Archley
Walter Kingsford
as Dr. Walter Carew
Alma Kruger
as Molly Byrd
Robert Kent
as Charles Herron
Nell Craig
as Nurse Parker `Nosey'
Martha O'Driscoll
as Mrs. Roberts
Frank Orth
as Mike Ryan
Byron Foulger
as Attendant
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Critic Reviews for The Secret of Dr. Kildare

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | June 3, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

It's all pretty silly, but the actors project just the right tone, avoiding life-or-death hysterics and keeping a sly edge.

Full Review… | June 9, 2006
Combustible Celluloid

Audience Reviews for The Secret of Dr. Kildare

An okay movie. I was a bit annoyed that Dr. Kildare didn't really have any kind of deep dark secret, or any secrets at all, really. I did enjoy the movie, though, it was charming and dramatic. Of course, I knew what was wrong with Dr. Kildare's patient two scenes before he did, so he seemed like an idiot, as did some of the other characters sometimes. This movie started out trying to be a dark dramatic adventure, but ended up a sweet happy family friendly drama instead. It's interesting, but disappointing.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

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