Dr. Kildare's Crisis (1940)

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Nurse Mary Lamont is excited about her brother's impending visit. The young man's strange behavior puzzles Dr. Kildare who believes he may be hiding a serious illness.


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28 December 2010 | bkoganbing
| Personal and Professional Crisis.
Although the description of the causes and treatment of epilepsy make this a below par entry in the Dr. Kildare series, Dr. Kildare's Crisis is as much personal as medical in this film. He gets to deal with the potential in-laws in this film.

Robert Young playing Laraine Day's brother arrives at Blair General Hospital exhibiting some strange behavior and something of a new attitude toward life. He sounds like a motivational speaker from today as he wants to pitch an idea about training schools for people not learning any trades because of the Great Depression.

Given some of the symptoms Ayres suspects epilepsy and for some strange reason doesn't want to confide in Day which puts one great strain on the relationship. It ain't nearing and endearing him to Young either, but Ayres wants to be sure.

Kildare films usually go one of two ways either Kildare makes a right diagnosis and Lionel Barrymore as Dr. Gillespie backs him up, or he's on the wrong track and Barrymore has to set him straight. If you watch the film, you'll find out which it is.

Dr. Kildare's Crisis was one of his own making, he should have sent Young to a specialist post haste. But that would be how it was done in the real world.

A subpar Kildare film from MGM.

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