When Lew Ayres announced he was a conscientious objector to the war shortly after the film was released, hundreds of bookings were canceled because of protests. Loew's ordered that all cancellation requests be granted. When Ayres changed his status (in April 1942) to "non-combatant", many in the film industry stated that a boycott of his films would be intolerant and inconsistent with "Americanism".
Selmer Jackson is in studio records playing "Mr. Baxter", but he was replaced by Charles Trowbridge. Also in studio records as "Mason" was Vinton Hayworth, but he was not seen in the print. The Hollywood Reporter listed Samuel S. Hinds and Emma Dunn in their usual roles as Dr. Kildare's parents, but they were not in the film either. These omissions may have resulted from final cuts, since the preview time listed in Daily Variety was 100 minutes.
Eighth entry in MGM's long-running Dr. Kildare film franchise, and the last of them to star Lew Ayres, who was written out of future films due to having registered as a "conscientious objector" with his World War ll draft board (see trivia note above). After theatres across America cancelled bookings for this film, Lionel Barrymore as Dr. Gillespie became the central character in several more titles hoping to cash in on the series' former popularity.
This film received its initial television showing in Chicago Saturday 6 April 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), followed by New York City 20 May 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2), by Philadelphia 11 July 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), by Phoenix 29 September 1957 on KPHO (Channel 5), by Columbus 27 November 1957 on WLW-C (Channel 4), by Seattle 12 December 1957 on KING (Channel 5), by Albany NY 21 January 1958 on WTEN (Channel 10), and by San Francisco 23 March 1958 on KGO (Channel 7); its first telecast in Los Angeles did not take place until 21 April 1959 on KTTV (Channel 11), and in Minneapolis not until 23 November 1959 on KMSP (Channel 9).