|Genre: Classics, Drama|
Directed By: Harold S. Bucquet
Written By: Willis Goldbeck, Harry Ruskin
In Theaters: 28 April 1939
Runtime: 86 minutes
Box office: $892,000
Lew Ayres as Dr. James Kildare
Lionel Barrymore as Dr. Leonard Gillespie
Laraine Day as Mary Lamont
Nat Pendleton as Joe Wayman
Lana Turner as Rosalie Lewett
Lynne Carver as Alice Raymond
Samuel S. Hinds as Dr. Stephen Kildare
Emma Dunn as Mrs. Martha Kildare
Reed Hadley as Tom Crandall
Roger Converse as Dr. Joiner
The second of MGM’s “Dr. Kildare” series, “Calling Dr. Kildare” finds the title character (Lew Ayres) transferred to Blair General’s downtown outpatient clinic by his crusty superior Dr. Gillespie (Lionel Barrymore).
It is Gillespie’s hope that Kildare will gain valuable experience by working in less than ideal circumstances.
A wounded gangster stumbles into the clinic; he is treated by Kildare, who is almost immediately tagged as the criminal’s accomplice by the police.
Kildare clears himself after burrowing through several subplots and the sporadic comedy relief of ambulance jockey Nat Pendleton.
Calling Dr. Kildare was primarily a showcase for MGM’s new starlet Lana Turner, here playing the gangster’s cute sister.
Lana Turner plays Rosalie Lewett. Lana loved working with Lionel Barrymore.
She admired him and loved doing scenes with him.
Lana’s character served as the model for all Turner shady ladies of the future – sexy, yet basically vulnerable; faithless, but regenerative in the end. Equipped with a long red hairdo, flashy clothes and her dialogues, Lana couldn’t help but attract audience attention.
You can watch the film here.
Lana Turner did a lot of movies. She really loved being a moviestar.
Here are the most important films in which she starred. Just click the links for more info, photos and videos.
20 April 1937: A Star Is Born
9 Oct. 1937: They Won’t Forget
24 Oct. 1937: The Great Garrick
1 Jan. 1938: The Adventures of Marco Polo
22 July 1938: Love Finds Andy Hardy
12 Aug. 1938: Rich Man, Poor Girl
9 Dec. 1938: Dramatic School
28 April 1939: Calling Dr. Kildare
18 Aug. 1939: These Glamour Girls
29 Sept. 1939: Dancing Co-Ed
19 April 1940: Two Girls on Broadway
19 July 1940: We Who Are Young
25 April 1941: Ziegfeld Girl
12 Aug. 1941: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
2 Oct. 1941: Honky Tonk
18 Febr. 1942: Johnny Eager
27 Aug. 1942: Somewhere I’ll Find You
1 April 1943: Slightly Dangerous
19 Aug. 1943: Du Barry Was A Lady
13 Nov. 1943: The Youngest Profession
23 Aug. 1944: Marriage Is a Private Affair
8 March 1945: Keep Your Powder Dry
1 Oct. 1945: Week-End At The Waldorf
2 May 1946: The Postman Always Rings Twice
5 Nov. 1947 : Green Dolphin Street
1 Nov. 1947: Cass Timberlane
29 April 1948: Homecoming
20 Oct. 1948: The Three Musketeers
1 Sept. 1950: A Life Of Her Own
2 March 1951: Mr. Imperium
5 Sept. 1952: The Merry Widow
25 Dec. 1952: The Bad And The Beautiful
25 Aug. 1953: Latin Lovers
1 May 1954: Flame And The Flesh
7 Sept. 1954: Betrayed
13 May 1955: The Prodigal
4 June 1955: Sea Chase
14 Dec. 1955: The Rains Of Ranchipur
12 Jan. 1956: Diane
13 Dec. 1957: Peyton Place
30 Jan. 1958: The Lady Takes A Flyer
2 May 1958: Another Time, Another Place
30 April 1959: Imitation Of Life
23 June 1960: Portrait In Black
19 July 1961: By Love Possessed
2 Nov. 1961: Bachelor In Paradise
25 Dec. 1962: Who’s Got The Action?
24 Febr. 1965: Love Has Many Faces
27 April 1966: Madame X
30 April 1969: The Big Cube
7 Nov. 1974: Persecution
27 Oct. 1976: Bittersweet Love
31 Oct. 1980: Witches Brew
21 May 1982: Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid
Sources: Wikipedia, IMDB, Rotten Tomatoes, Lana’s biography “Lana, the Lady, The Legend, The Truth“, “The Films Of Lana Turner” by Lou Valentino and “Lana Turner, The Memories, The Myths and The Movies” by Cheryl Crane.