Dr. Kildare

1940s US medical drama
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Dr. Kildare was produced for syndication in 1949 at WMGM, New York. It was based on the popular Dr. Kildare movies of the late 1930's and early 1940's, and brought to the microphone the stars of that series, Lew Ayres and Lionel Barrymore. Ayres played the young, idealistic Dr. James Kildare; Barrymore, ever in character, was the crusty, loveable diagnostician, Dr. Leonard Gillespie. The men worked at Blair General Hospital, "one of the great citadels of American medicine -- a clump of gray-white buildings planted deep in the heart of New York -- where life begins, where life ends, where life goes on."

Kildare really believed that oath, and that's what this series was all about. His battle with hospital administration, stupid patients, and stupid parents made this the Marcus Welby of the 1940's. The chief problem, both for Kildare and the listener, was that Blair Hospital was peopled by too many eccentrics. Gillespie, played to the limit by Barrymore, was enough for any show. But Dr. Carew, head of hospital administration, was a nut of the first order. Nurse Parker was a totally unbelievable old maid. Ted Osborne did what he could with Carew, and Virginia Gragg's fine talent was hopelessly lost in the chattering role of Parker. In the end, Ayres and Barrymore saved this series, providing some solid stories, especially when they ventured into the real world and got away from the dummies at Blair. Writing and directing were done on a freelance basis; music was by Walter Schumann. Actors contributing to Dr. Kildare included Stacy Harris, Isabel Jewell, Jay Novello, George Ellis, Paul Frees, Raymond Burr, and Jack Webb.

Information from "Tune In Yesterday The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio by John Dunning" and Roger Hohenbrink.

From the Old Time Radio Researchers Group. See "Notes" Section below for more information on the OTRR.

  1. Angela And Steven Kester (6.4Mb)
  2. Marjorie Northrup (6.1Mb)
  3. Benjamin Barkley (12.3Mb)
  4. Rico Marchiano's Dying Wife (6.4Mb)
  5. Vernon Pendleton - Hypondriac (6.4Mb)
  6. Barbara Lane, Dope Addict (6.4Mb)
  7. Caroline Shelley (6.3Mb)
  8. Jane Dane, New Cancer Treatment (6.1Mb)
  9. Warren Jackson's Allergy (6Mb)
  10. Terry Murphy's Hearing Problem (6.1Mb)
  11. Philip Van Court's Amnesia (6.2Mb)
  12. Abandoned Baby (6.3Mb)
  13. Kildare's Old Girlfriend (5.9Mb)
  14. Nurse Parker Resigns (6.2Mb)
  15. Dr Carew's Fat Wife (6.2Mb)
  16. Dick Brennan Steals $5,000 (Or $50,000) (6Mb)
  17. Colonel Boregard's Paralysis (6.4Mb)
  18. Gordon Mallory's Lead Poinsoning (6.4Mb)
  19. Glaucoma (6.5Mb)
  20. Pricilla's Broken Arm (6.5Mb)
  21. Dr Gillespie Almost Gets Engaged (6.2Mb)
  22. Hunting Trip (6.2Mb)
  23. Dan Malloy's Peptic Ulcer (6.1Mb)
  24. Mrs Stanford's Angina Pecturis (6.1Mb)
  25. Buffalo Barnie McClure (6.2Mb)
  26. Appendicitis Operation at Sea (6.2Mb)
  27. Carew Gets Medical Examiner Mixed Up (6.3Mb)
  28. Marion Lewis, Teen Age Alcholic (6.3Mb)
  29. Sam Lubinski Has Spinal Paralysis (6.2Mb)
  30. Mumpkin's First Baby (6.4Mb)
  31. Eddie Jenkins And The Arsonist (6.1Mb)
  32. Ling Co Fruses Leg Surgery (6.2Mb)
  33. Mr. Bradley's Heart (7.6Mb)
  34. Mr. Kramer-Parker Needs A Hobby (8Mb)
  35. Lady Dunabee's Annual Visit (6.2Mb)
  36. Arthur Morgan Needs Brain Surgery (6.3Mb)
  37. David Norton Has Pneumonia (6.3Mb)
  38. Eddie Lazetti Kidnaps Nurse (6.3Mb)
  39. Dr Gillespie's Testimonal Dinner (6.2Mb)
  40. Dr Conlon, Quack (6.3Mb)
  41. Joe Finley's Ulcer (6.2Mb)
  42. Oliver Van Meter's Allergy (5.7Mb)
  43. Anthrax Infection (6.2Mb)
  44. Pete Cosloff Is Mentally Ill (6.2Mb)
  45. Buck Houston, Cowboy Star (6.1Mb)
  46. David Cooper's Burned Face (6.1Mb)
  47. Edward Carlton's Dog Bite (6.2Mb)
  48. Amy Dickens Breaks Her Leg (6.2Mb)
  49. Cathy Morton's Baby (6.1Mb)
  50. Joan Quinn (6.2Mb)
  51. Gillespie's New Suit For Henderson Award (6.3Mb)
  52. Yukon Joe's Gold Mine (6.3Mb)
  53. Mysterious Hemophilia Patient (6.2Mb)
  54. Dr Gillespie's New Office (6.2Mb)
  55. Pedro, Maria And Rosei (6.2Mb)
  56. Paul Bailey (6.2Mb)
  57. Valerie And Walter Benton - Murder! (6.2Mb)
  58. Evelyn Briggs (6.2Mb)
  59. Robert Lane, Intern, Shirks Duties (6.2Mb)
  60. Alice Bradley, Amnesia Victim (6.2Mb)

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