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Dr. Gillespie's Criminal Case (1943)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 8 May 1943 (USA)
When Roy, a homicidal maniac was put away for murder, Gillespie tried to get him committed to an insane asylum instead. Now the guy's ex-fiancee wants to marry a soldier, and she goes to ... See full summary »

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Willis Goldbeck
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lionel Barrymore ... Dr. Leonard B. Gillespie
Van Johnson ... Dr. Randall 'Red' Adams
Keye Luke ... Dr. Lee Wong How
Alma Kruger ... Molly Byrd
John Craven ... Roy Todwell
Nat Pendleton ... Joe Wayman
Margaret O'Brien ... Margaret
Donna Reed ... Marcia Bradburn
Michael Duane ... Sgt. Patrick J. Orisin
William Lundigan ... Alvin F. Peterson
Walter Kingsford ... Dr. Walter Carew
Marilyn Maxwell ... Ruth Edly
Henry O'Neill ... Warden Kenneson
Marie Blake ... Sally
Frances Rafferty ... Irene
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When Roy, a homicidal maniac was put away for murder, Gillespie tried to get him committed to an insane asylum instead. Now the guy's ex-fiancee wants to marry a soldier, and she goes to Gillespie for advice about Roy. Meanwhile, Red's pursued by a pretty socialite, Lee encourages a double-amputee to live, Gillespie and the boys fight to save little Margaret from an epidemic in the children's ward, and Roy breaks out of prison...with a gun... Written by Kathy Li

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 May 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Volta da Noiva See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film received its initial television showing in Chicago Wednesday 1 May 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), followed by New York City Friday 12 July 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2), by Honolulu 31 July 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), by Philadelphia Thursday 1 August 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), by New Haven CT 15 August 1957 on WNHC (Channel 8), and by Los Angeles Thursday 17 October 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11); in Albany NY it was first telecast 18 March 1958 on WTEN (Channel 10), in San Francisco 21 May 1958 on KGO (Channel 7), and in Minneapolis 9 March 1961 on KMGM (Channel 9). See more »

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When Marcia is at the receptionist desk at the hospital the shadow of the boom or elevated camera can be seen up the wall behind her. See more »

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Dr. Lee Wong How: I'm small, but I'm from Brooklyn!
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Followed by Between Two Women (1945) See more »

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Lionel is the star of the show
28 March 2019 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

What's a Dr. Kildare movie without Lew Ayres? A Dr. Gillespie movie, and let's face it, since Dr. Gillespie is Lionel Barrymore, no one's going to be complaining. In Dr. Gillespie's Criminal Case, Lionel has to deal with two ambitious assistants, a depressed war veteran, a children's epidemic, and a convicted criminal who'll lose his temper if he finds out his ex-wife Donna Reed is getting re-married. This installment packs quite a punch, so prepare to be entertained.

The supporting cast may have well-known names, but not everyone is given a lot to do. Van Johnson exists to chase around the overly flirtatious Marilyn Maxwell and roll his eyes whenever he's prevented from sealing the deal. Keye Luke exists to simultaneously make the movie seem accepting and racist, since the running joke is that he's learning to speak Chinese at the local college. Donna Reed exists to look pretty and flounce around with bouncing hair and a sweet smile. Nat Pendleton is always a lot of fun, with wisecracks, harmless flirting, and loyal support to his friends and the hospital.

Of course, the star of the show is Lionel Barrymore, a true professional who's incapable of giving a bad performance. In this one, he treats Michael Duane, who's despondent over losing his legs in the war. It's quite sad, not only because this realistic situation was being shown during wartime, but also because a wheelchair-bound Lionel tells Michael how lucky he is that he'll be equipped with artificial legs. "You're luckier than I am. Not even this hospital can make me walk," he says, no doubt creating many lumps in audiences' throats. Lionel also has a touching scene with a group of sick children, including a young Margaret O'Brien, reminding audiences how wonderful he was in On Borrowed Time with Bobs Watson. Just in case you get too teary-eyed, Lionel does get thrown a surprise birthday party, and to prove he's not surprised, he opens his bathrobe to reveal a tuxedo! After all, in a hospital drama, in the middle of WWII, there's got to be a touch of humor to get us through. And Lionel, who can get us through anything.


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