The Secret of Dr. Kildare (1939)

83 mins | Drama | 24 November 1939

Director:

Harold S. Bucquet

Producer:

Lou Ostrow

Cinematographer:

Alfred Gilks

Editor:

Frank E. Hull

Production Designer:

Cedric Gibbons

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

A HR production chart adds Ian Hunter to the cast, but his participation in the film is unconfirmed. A news item in HR adds that the fishing sequences were shot on location at San Pedro, CA. For additional information, consult the Series Index and see entry for Young Doctor Kildare ... More Less

A HR production chart adds Ian Hunter to the cast, but his participation in the film is unconfirmed. A news item in HR adds that the fishing sequences were shot on location at San Pedro, CA. For additional information, consult the Series Index and see entry for Young Doctor Kildare . More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
18 Nov 39
p. 3.
Film Daily
28 Nov 39
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Sep 39
pp. 6-7.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Sep 39
pp. 6-7.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Oct 39
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Nov 39
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
21 Nov 39
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald
25 Nov 39
p. 43.
New York Times
8 Dec 39
p. 33.
Variety
22 Nov 39
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
2d unit dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir assoc
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Ward
MUSIC
Mus score
SOUND
Rec dir
PRODUCTION MISC
Pilot
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the story "The Secret of Dr. Kildare" by Max Brand in Hearst's International-Cosmpolitan (Sep 1939).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Series:
Release Date:
24 November 1939
Production Date:
began mid 19 September 1939
Copyright Claimant:
Loew's Inc.
Copyright Date:
18 November 1939
Copyright Number:
LP9258
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
83
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
PCA No:
5798
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Dr. Leonard Gillespie and his assistant, Dr. James Kildare are about to undertake an important research project to develop a cure for pneumonia when Paul Messenger, a Wall Street tycoon, asks Gillespie's help in diagnosing the drastic personality change that has occurred in his daughter Nancy. Gillespie assigns the case to Kildare, who poses as an old friend of the family in order to observe Nancy. When Gillespie collapses from exhaustion, Kildare, fearing for his mentor's health, forces the cranky old doctor to take a rest by announcing that he is quitting the research project to work on the Messenger case. Kildare's announcement forces Gillespie to take a much needed vacation, and while the old doctor goes fishing, Kildare begins to investigate the causes of Nancy's symptoms. While visiting Nora, the family housekeeper, Kildare learns that Nancy has been suffering blinding headaches. Nora, who disdains all doctors, has convinced Nancy that she is suffering from the same type of brain tumor that killed her mother. Nora takes Nancy to see a nature healer named John Xerxes Archley, which prompts Kildare to admit that he is a doctor and dispute Archley's diagnosis. When the confrontation causes Nancy to go hysterically blind, Kildare consults with Gillespie over the girl's symptoms. Following Gillespie's advice, Kildare pretends to operate on Nancy's eyes, thus curing her hysterical blindness. Meanwhile, Gillespie returns from his vacation revived, and realizing that Kildare quit the experiment only out of concern for his health, reconciles with his assistant. Together they launch their research on ... +


Dr. Leonard Gillespie and his assistant, Dr. James Kildare are about to undertake an important research project to develop a cure for pneumonia when Paul Messenger, a Wall Street tycoon, asks Gillespie's help in diagnosing the drastic personality change that has occurred in his daughter Nancy. Gillespie assigns the case to Kildare, who poses as an old friend of the family in order to observe Nancy. When Gillespie collapses from exhaustion, Kildare, fearing for his mentor's health, forces the cranky old doctor to take a rest by announcing that he is quitting the research project to work on the Messenger case. Kildare's announcement forces Gillespie to take a much needed vacation, and while the old doctor goes fishing, Kildare begins to investigate the causes of Nancy's symptoms. While visiting Nora, the family housekeeper, Kildare learns that Nancy has been suffering blinding headaches. Nora, who disdains all doctors, has convinced Nancy that she is suffering from the same type of brain tumor that killed her mother. Nora takes Nancy to see a nature healer named John Xerxes Archley, which prompts Kildare to admit that he is a doctor and dispute Archley's diagnosis. When the confrontation causes Nancy to go hysterically blind, Kildare consults with Gillespie over the girl's symptoms. Following Gillespie's advice, Kildare pretends to operate on Nancy's eyes, thus curing her hysterical blindness. Meanwhile, Gillespie returns from his vacation revived, and realizing that Kildare quit the experiment only out of concern for his health, reconciles with his assistant. Together they launch their research on pneumonia. +

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