Dr. Kildare's Strange Case (1940)

76 mins | Drama | 12 April 1940

Director:

Harold S. Bucquet

Cinematographer:

John F. Seitz

Editor:

Gene Ruggiero

Production Designer:

Cedric Gibbons

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

This picture was the fourth in the "Dr. Kildare" series. For additional information about the series, consult the Series Index and See Entry for Young Dr. Kildare ... More Less

This picture was the fourth in the "Dr. Kildare" series. For additional information about the series, consult the Series Index and See Entry for Young Dr. Kildare . More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
10 Apr 40
p. 3.
Film Daily
16 Apr 40
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Jan 40
pp. 6-7.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Apr 40
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
3 Apr 40
p. 6.
Motion Picture Herald
23 Mar 40
p. 30.
Motion Picture Herald
6 Apr 40
p. 42.
New York Times
12 May 40
p. 19.
Variety
17 Apr 40
p. 13.
DETAILS
Series:
Release Date:
12 April 1940
Production Date:
began mid January 1940
Copyright Claimant:
Loew's Inc.
Copyright Date:
9 April 1940
Copyright Number:
LP9547
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
76
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
6095
SYNOPSIS

Dr. Gregory Lane, a brain surgeon whose reputation has been damaged by the death of several of his patients, becomes Dr. James Kildare's rival for the affections of nurse Mary Lamont. Because of his low salary at the hospital, Jimmy has been unable to propose to Mary, a situation that is remedied when Dr. Squires of the prestigious Messenger Institute offers him a lucrative job. When Jimmy turns down the job to continue working with his teacher, Dr. Leonard Gillespie, Mary's hopes for marriage are dashed. Soon after, Jimmy is assigned to work with Lane, whose confidence has been shaken by the death of yet another patient. When confronted by a patient with a skull fracture who refuses the operation that can save his life, Lane wavers but Jimmy urges the surgeon to perform the procedure anyway. Unfortunately, when the patient awakens, he is insane, and Lane is held responsible for his condition. Convinced that the patient was deranged before surgery, Jimmy decides to risk his career by administering dangerous insulin shock treatments that could restore the man's sanity. After five trying hours, the treatment proves successful, and the man regains his reason. Discovering that the patient's illness was brought on by a separation from his wife, Jimmy brings the woman to her husband's bedside and effects a reconciliation. Their reunion after a separation of five years inspires Jimmy to propose to Mary, and she accepts with the understanding that they will have to wait a while for the ... +


Dr. Gregory Lane, a brain surgeon whose reputation has been damaged by the death of several of his patients, becomes Dr. James Kildare's rival for the affections of nurse Mary Lamont. Because of his low salary at the hospital, Jimmy has been unable to propose to Mary, a situation that is remedied when Dr. Squires of the prestigious Messenger Institute offers him a lucrative job. When Jimmy turns down the job to continue working with his teacher, Dr. Leonard Gillespie, Mary's hopes for marriage are dashed. Soon after, Jimmy is assigned to work with Lane, whose confidence has been shaken by the death of yet another patient. When confronted by a patient with a skull fracture who refuses the operation that can save his life, Lane wavers but Jimmy urges the surgeon to perform the procedure anyway. Unfortunately, when the patient awakens, he is insane, and Lane is held responsible for his condition. Convinced that the patient was deranged before surgery, Jimmy decides to risk his career by administering dangerous insulin shock treatments that could restore the man's sanity. After five trying hours, the treatment proves successful, and the man regains his reason. Discovering that the patient's illness was brought on by a separation from his wife, Jimmy brings the woman to her husband's bedside and effects a reconciliation. Their reunion after a separation of five years inspires Jimmy to propose to Mary, and she accepts with the understanding that they will have to wait a while for the wedding. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Medical


Subject

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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