6 December 2014 | bkoganbing
It takes two doctors to commit
The final film of the gang at Blair General Hospital takes place with Dr. Gillespie having a new protégé in James Craig who is a brilliant guy, but who already has the bedside manner of Lionel Barrymore in Dutch Uncle mode. Craig's stepped on the toes of a few patients and Barrymore's solution is to send him on an 8 week vacation to the country where he can take over Dr. Art Baker's practice temporarily.
It doesn't take long for Craig to get in hot water in the country. The daughter of the town's wealthiest citizen Lester Matthews has been behaving erratically. Matthews wants to have her committed and he has his own physician Henry Stephenson ready, but it takes two doctors to commit and Craig does not think that Lucille Bremer belongs in an asylum.
Craig takes a very big chance with this case, enough to get him tossed out of the profession it he's wrong. He's got another crisis as well this one involving young married couple Warner Anderson and Jayne Meadows adopting a baby. Apparently the law requires a physical examination on the grounds of an adopted baby should have two healthy parents officially confirmed that way. Anderson is under the belief he has a heart condition for reasons never told by the film and he won't get a checkup. That one gets farmed out to Keye Luke.
The Blair General Hospital group may have ended its cinematic run on the big screen. But in the early 60s it was revived on television most memorably with Richard Chamberlain and Raymond Massey playing Gillespie without a wheelchair.
One comment I do have to say. Some kind of purple heart should go out to Nell Craig who played Nurse Parker who was Gillespie's personal nurse. The abuse that woman took from that man. She must have held him in great personal and professional esteem. I would have walked off that job in a New York minute.
The Kildare/Gillespie films were products of MGM's B picture unit. But even with that they had a certain MGM class to them. Dark Delusion was a fine one for the series to end with.