USA / NBC/ x60m-e and x30m-e / 1961-66
First Episode: Thursday 28 September 1961 / 8.30pm
|Based on a long running and popular movie series of the 1940's Dr Kildare helped propel Richard Chamberlain to stardom. The show, a medical dram obviously, followed Dr James Kildare as he rose from a fresh faced intern to (by season three) a resident doctor at Blair General Hospital.
Dr Kildare had a mentor helping him along his way in the form of the often cantankerous Dr Leonard Gillespie. Popular with the female viewing public who found Kildare very "swoonsome" the show moved from hour long episodes to twice weekly half hour ones during the 1965-66 season giving the show more of a soapy feel as stories were often now carried over several episodes.
There was a brief syndicated revival in 1972 called Young Dr Kildare with Mark Jenkins as Kildare and Gary Merrill as Gillespie.
RICHARD CHAMBERLAIN as Dr James Kildare / RAYMOND MASSEY as Dr Leonard Gillespie / EDDIE RYDER as Dr Simon Agurski (1961-62) / JUD TAYLOR as Dr Thomas Gerson (1961-62) / JOAN PATRICK as Susan Deigh (1961-62) / LEE KURTY as Nurse Zoe Lawton (1965-66)
Ho Hum! :-)
I get really fed up with people saying they are ‘too young’ to know about famous people. I suppose it would be great to be 20 or 30 again but when I was in my teens I used to watch black & white movies and knew most of the famous actors and singers of that time.
I was not born in the 1940s but I know about Jayne Russell, Marilyn Monroe and Cary Grant! I was not born in 1800 but I know who Queen Victoria was! The same with singers/bands. If you take an interest in music/films etc the ‘too young’ comment is pretty meaningless.