Dr. Gillespie's New Assistant (1942)

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Dr. Gillespie's health is failing, and the hospital is urging him to get a new assistant that he doesn't want. So, he poses a stumper in class to discourage all the bright young students; ... See full summary »

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  • Van Johnson in Dr. Gillespie's New Assistant (1942)
  • Susan Peters in Dr. Gillespie's New Assistant (1942)
  • Lionel Barrymore and Susan Peters in Dr. Gillespie's New Assistant (1942)
  • Dorothy Adams, Walter Kingsford, Susan Peters, and Richard Quine in Dr. Gillespie's New Assistant (1942)
  • Lionel Barrymore, Van Johnson, and Susan Peters in Dr. Gillespie's New Assistant (1942)
  • Lionel Barrymore, Stephen McNally, and Susan Peters in Dr. Gillespie's New Assistant (1942)

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8 November 2014 | bkoganbing
| Forgetful bride.
World War II era bobbysoxers got their first real exposure to Van Johnson as he tries to become Dr. Gillespie's New Assistant. With Dr. Kildare now gone, Lionel Barrymore needs a new protégé. In fact so to speak Dr. Gillespie's New Protégé might be a better title.

He's got an interesting group to choose from Johnson is in a friendly competition of sorts with Richard Quine from Australia and Keye Luke from Brooklyn who wants to eventually go to China and serve in the war effort.

The main plot of the story involved a new bride in Susan Peters recently married to Stephen McNally who all of sudden forgets everything about herself including her new husband. I won't go into the details, but sometimes Lionel Barrymore whether he was assisted by Lew Ayres, Van Johnson or anyone else always seemed to know that not all problems are solvable medically.

Barrymore would carry the series through the World War II years, but it missed something when Lew Ayres departed. Still Van Johnson does well in the role of the young idealistic man of medicine and Susan Peters scores well as the forgetful bride.

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