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Calling Dr. Gillespie (1942) DVD

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Calling Dr. Gillespie (1942)


 Harold S. Bucquet


 Max Brand (characters), Kubec Glasmon (story), Willis Goldbeck, Harry Ruskin, Lawrence P. Bachmann, Carey Wilson


 Lionel Barrymore, Donna Reed, Philip Dorn, Phil Brown, Nat Pendleton, Alma Kruger
When Lew Ayres' wartime conscientious-objector status caused MGM to drop the actor like a hot potato, Ayres' "Dr. Kildare" series became the sole responsibility of Lionel Barrymore as the crusty Dr. Leonard Gillespie. In the first Kildare-less entry, Calling Dr. Gillespie, the ageing medico has a new assistant, refugee Dutch surgeon Dr. John Hunter Gerniede (Philip Dorn). Both Gillespie and Gerniede tackle the case of schizophrenic homicidal maniac Roy Todwell (Phil Brown), who is quite a handful to say the least. The story comes to a more suspenseful conclusion than usual as Todwell stalks Gillespie in the dead of night. MGM star-to-be Ava Gardner has a tiny, uncredited bit role.

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