(There are Spoilers) Coming on the scene of a car & truck smash up good Samaritan Dr. James Kildare, Lew Ayres, with the help of his fiancée Nuse Mary Lamont, Larrine Day, gets to work on the critically injured party ice skating sensation Frances Marlow, Bonita Grandville.
Knowing that time is running out Dr. Kildare preforms an emergency operation on Frances without the uses of an anesthetist saving her life. It turned that a bystander,Eddie Fetherston, on the scene of the accident pulled out of his jacket pocket a bottle of whiskey and gave a swig, or drink, to the shook up truck driver Bob Hackney,James Flavin, to settle down his nerves. That bottle was later used, and put back in his car, by Dr. Kildare as a disinfectant and was the reason that saved Frances' life it also was the reason that almost cost Dr.Kildare his medical licenses as well as having him pull a stretch in the state penitentiary.
Just when Frances had her cast removed from her injured leg she realized that it had no feelings, or was paralyzed, and also knowing that her career as a skater as well as being able to walk was history fell into a deep depression. Hysterical and outraged Frances with the insistence of her manager Dan Morton, Chick Chandler, put Dr. Kildare and Blair General, the hospital that Kildare works for, on notice that she's suing both for damages for a cool, in 1941 dollars, $100,000.00.
The movie goes downhill from then on with most of it taking place in the courtroom with the the star Dr. James Kildare reduced to being nothing more then a member of the peanut gallery. There are long stretches in the movie that seem to go on forever and really adding nothing to the plot. There's even some comedy relief, in order to keep the audience from passing out, with the goofy hospital attendant Vernon Briggs, Red Skelton, painting himself into a corner and then, as he tried to get out of the tight spot that he put himself into, ends up taking a bath.
The film had a big build up for the venerable Dr. Leonard Gillespie, Lionel Barrymore, who was just itching to testify in court in his protégé's Dr. Jimmy Kildare's defense. Psyching himself up and rearing to go the folksy talking Dr. Gillespie finally got his big chance eagerly saying "I Do" before he's even sworn in. Gillispie then goes into a boring monologue about how the public, like the members of the jury, look down on those of the medical profession which seems to tell those in the jury that they aren't qualified or smart enough to judge the accused Doctor Kildare! In Dr. Gillespie's strange and almost prejudicial way of trying to win the jury over he almost had Dr. Kildear convicted before the jury was even able to deliberate!
The conclusion of the movie was anything but exciting because it telegraphed itself to the audience a full two month, in movie time, ahead of time. Both Dr. Kildare and Dr. Gillespie overlooked a very important fact in Frances' medical file which had nothing to do with Dr. Kildare's operating on her. It's that overlooked ailment that soon manifested itself into a paralysis of both her legs. Once Dr. Kildare, as well as his mentor Dr. Gillispie, realized what Frances was really suffering from the rest, having Frances to be able to both walk as well as skate again, was just a piece of cake for him.