|First appearance||Internes Can't Take Money|
|Created by||Frederick Schiller Faust|
|Portrayed by||Joel McCrea
Dr. James Kildare is a fictional character, the primary character in a series of American theatrical films in the late 1930s and early 1940s, an early 1950s radio series, a 1960s television series of the same name and a comic book based on the TV show, and a short-lived second 1970s television series. The character was created by the author Frederick Schiller Faust, under the pen name Max Brand.
The character begins the film series as a medical intern; after becoming a doctor, he is mentored by an older physician, Dr. Leonard Gillespie. After the first ten films, the series eliminated the character of Kildare and focused instead on Gillespie, played by Lionel Barrymore. Lew Ayres, who had played the young doctor beginning in the second movie, was a conscientious objector and then a medical corpsman in World War II. He was replaced in the series by Van Johnson and Keye Luke, portraying young interns. Previously, Luke had become well known as Number One Son in the Fox Film Corporation Charlie Chan series, and he later became known for the role of Master Po in the TV series Kung Fu.
- Internes Can't Take Money (1937), starring Joel McCrea as Kildare
- Young Dr. Kildare (1938), which introduced Ayres in the Kildare role, and Lionel Barrymore as Dr. Gillespie
- Calling Dr. Kildare (1939)
- The Secret of Dr. Kildare (1939)
- Dr. Kildare's Strange Case (1940)
- Dr. Kildare Goes Home (1940)
- Dr. Kildare's Crisis (1940)
- The People vs. Dr. Kildare (1941)
- Dr. Kildare's Wedding Day (1941)
- Dr. Kildare's Victory (1942)
Later films without Kildare
- Calling Dr. Gillespie (1942), with Dr. John Hunter Gerniede (Philip Dorn) to replace Dr. Kildare (Lew Ayres), who was retired from the series
- Dr. Gillespie's New Assistant (1942), which introduced Gillespie's new assistants Dr. Randall Adams (Van Johnson) and Dr. Lee Wong How (Keye Luke)
- Dr. Gillespie's Criminal Case (1943), with Dr. Randall Adams (Van Johnson) and Dr. Lee Wong How (Keye Luke)
- Three Men in White (1944), with Dr. Randall Adams (Van Johnson) and Dr. Lee Wong How (Keye Luke)
- Between Two Women (1945), with Dr. Randall Adams (Van Johnson) and Dr. Lee Wong How (Keye Luke)
- Dark Delusion (1947), with Dr. Tommy Coalt (James Craig) to replace Van Johnson's "Red", and Dr. Lee Wong How (Keye Luke)
Novels tied to the films were published at the time of the film releases, and subsequently reprinted in later decades, not as movie tie-ins.
Dr. Kildare's Search, Max Brand-1940, 1942, 1943. 216 pages. Gosset & Dunlap Publishers New York. Contents: Dr. Kildare's Search page 1, Dr. Kildare's Hardest Case page 155.
In the summer of 1949, MGM reunited Lew Ayres and Lionel Barrymore to record the radio series, The Story of Dr. Kildare, scripted by Les Crutchfield, Jean Holloway and others. After broadcasts on WMGM New York from February 1, 1950 to August 3, 1951, the series was syndicated to other stations during the 1950s. The supporting cast included Ted Osborne as hospital administrator Dr. Carew, Jane Webb as nurse Mary Lamont and Virginia Gregg as Nurse Parker, labeled "Nosy Parker" by Gillespie, with appearances by William Conrad, Stacy Harris, Jay Novello, Isabel Jewell and Jack Webb.
Dr. Kildare was an NBC medical drama television series inspired by the original Kildare film series. The television show ran from September 27, 1961 until April 5, 1966, encompassing a total of 190 episodes in five seasons. Kildare told the story of a young intern, Dr. James Kildare (Richard Chamberlain), working in a fictional large metropolitan hospital while trying to learn his profession, dealing with the problems of his patients, and winning the respect of the senior doctor, Dr. Leonard Gillespie (Raymond Massey).
- Doctor Series, A British dramatic comedy series of novels, films, and serialized television programs.
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- Midge Decter: Who killed Dr. Kildare, In: T. William Boxx and Gary M. Quinlivan (Her.): Culture in Crisis and the Renewal of Civil Life, Rowman & Littlefield 1996, ISBN 0847682889, S. 49f., 52f.
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- "Lionel Barrymore Has Title Role in 'Calling Dr. Gillespie,' of the Dr. Kildare Series, at Loew' s Criterion Theatre". The New York Times. July 9, 1942.
- "Ayres Backs His Project Religiously : Film: Actor best known for 'Dr. Kildare' says his documentary, 'Altars of the World,' represents the bigger part of his life today.". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
- Gevinson, Alan, ed. Within Our Gates: Ethnicity in American Feature Films, 1911-1960. Vol. 2. Univ of California Press, 1997.
- "1962 Timeline: October 15. Dr. Kildare, a comic strip by Ken Bald based on the TV series, begins its 21-year run.” American Comic Book Chronicles by John Wells. TwoMorrows Publishing, 2012, Page 77."
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- Jerry Haendiges Vintage Radio Logs: The Story of Dr. Kildare on June 25, 2006
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