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The Story of Dr. Kildare

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The Story of Dr. Kildare

Young, idealistic and willing to fight for right, Dr. James Kildare (played by acclaimed actor Lew Ayres) became an idol for radio audiences at a time when doctors made house calls, answered their own phones and always had a hospital bed for any patient who thought he needed one. From 1949 to January, 1952, listeners heard the young doctor cross swords with hospital administration, diagnose baffling illnesses and cajole obstinate patients into accepting medical treatment. The senior doctor and Kildare’s mentor at Blair General Hospital was the cantankerous Dr. Gillespie played by Hollywood giant Lionel Barrymore.

Ayres and Barrymore also starred in nine Dr. Kildare movies between 1938 and 1942, and in 1953 Ayres was asked to take the Dr. Kildare role to television. He completed two pilots but refused to go any further, saying a medical show, especially one that children could watch, should not be sponsored by a cigarette company. The network wouldn’t back down, Ayres wouldn’t, either, and the television show never aired. (In 1961, Dr. Kildare finally made it to TV, with Richard Chamberlain in the starring role until the show ended in 1966.)

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Dr Kildare: Marjorie Northrup

Angela And Steven KesterMarjorie NorthrupBenjamin Barkley
Rico Marchiano's Dying WifeVernon Pendleton - HypondriacBarbara Lane Dope Addict
Caroline ShelleyJanet Dane - New Cancer TreatmentWarren Jackson's Allergy
Terry Murphy's Hearing ProblemPhilip Van Court's AmnesiaAbandoned Baby
Kildare's Old GirlfriendNurse Parker ResignsDr Carew's Fat Wife
Dick Brennan Steals 5000 or 50000Colonel Boregard's ParalysisGordon Mallory's Lead Poinsoning
Mr Simmons'GlaucomaPricilla's Broken ArmDr Gillespie Almost Gets Engaged
Hunting TripDan Malloy's Peptic UlcerMrs Stanford's Angina Pecturis
Buffalo Barnie McclureAppendicitis Operation At SeaCarew Gets Medical Examiner Mixed Up
Marion Lewis Teen Age AlcholicSam Lubinski Has Spinal ParalysisWillie Mumpkin's First Baby
Eddie Jenkins And The ArsonistLing Co Refuses Leg SurgeryMr Bradley's Damaged Heart
Mr Kramer's Chronic EnteritisLady Dunabee's Annual VisitArthur Morgan Needs Brain Surgery
David Norton Has PneumoniaEddie Lazetti Kidnaps NurseDr Gillespie's Testimonal Dinner
Dr Conlon QuackJoe Finley's UlcerOliver Van Meter's Allergy
Anthrax InfectionPete Cosloff Is Mentally IllBuck Houston Cowboy Star
David Cooper's Burned FaceEdward Carlton's Dog BiteAmy Dickens Breaks Her Leg
Cathy Morton's BabyJoan QuinnGillespie's New Suit For Henderson Award
Yukon Joe's Gold MineMysterious Hemophilia PatientDr Gillespie's New Office
Pedro Maria And RoseiPaul BaileyValerie And Walter Benton-Murder
Evelyn BriggsRobert Lane - Intern - Shirks DutiesAlice Bradley - Amnesia Victim