Calling Dr. Gillespie (1942)

Genres - Crime, Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Release Date - Jul 9, 1942 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 62 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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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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cure, disease, doctor/nurse, hospital, killing, murder, psychopath, search, wheelchair