The Secret of Dr. Kildare

The Secret of Dr. Kildare Information

The Secret of Dr. Kildare is a 1939 American film directed by Harold S. Bucquet. This was the fourth of a total of ten Dr. Kildare pictures, Lew Ayres starred in the last nine.

Plot summary

Dr. Gillespie (Lionel Barrymore) is seeking a permanent cure for pneumonia with a Sulfa drug, Sulfapyridine, and must ask Dr. Kildare (Lew Ayres) for assistance when his cancer tires him out and eventually collapses him. Dr. Gillespie recovers, while Dr. Kildare continues working on the pneumonia cure and the case of a woman, Nancy Messenger (Helen Gilbert) suffering from psychosomatic blindness.


  • Lew Ayres as Dr. James "Jimmy" Kildare
  • Lionel Barrymore as Dr. Leonard Barry Gillespie
  • Lionel Atwill as Paul Messenger
  • Helen Gilbert as Nancy Messenger
  • Nat Pendleton as Joe Wayman
  • Laraine Day as Nurse Mary Lamont
  • Sara Haden as Nora
  • Samuel S. Hinds as Dr. Stephen Kildare
  • Emma Dunn as Mrs. Martha Kildare
  • Walter Kingsford as Dr. S.J. Carew
  • Grant Mitchell as John Xerxes Archley
  • Alma Kruger as Head Nurse Molly Byrd
  • Robert Kent as Charles Herron
  • Marie Blake as Sally, Telephone Operator
  • Martha O'Driscoll as Mrs. Roberts
  • Nell Craig as Nurse "Nosey" Parker
  • George Reed as Conover
  • Frank Orth as Mike Sullivan
  • Alec Craig as Telephone repair man

See also

  • Lionel Barrymore filmography

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