Dr. Kildare


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Dr. Kildare is an NBC medical drama television series which ran from September 27, 1961 until April 5, 1966, encompassing a total of 190 episodes. The show, which premiered at the same time as an ABC medical drama, Ben Casey, quickly achieved success and helped spark a number of new shows dealing with the medical field.

Kildare told the story of a young intern, Dr. James Kildare (Richard Chamberlain), working in a fictional large metropolitan hospital (Blair General) whilst trying to learn his profession, dealing with the problems of the patients, and winning the respect of the senior doctor, Dr. Leonard Gillespie (Raymond Massey).

In the series' first episode, Gillespie tells the earnest Kildare, "Our job is to keep people alive, not to tell them how to live." Kildare ignores the advice, which provides the basis for stories over the next four seasons, many with a soap opera touch. The series was largely responsible for making Chamberlain, who beat 35 other contenders for the role, a teen idol in the 1960s. He also recorded a song, "Three Stars Will Shine Tonight," with the music from the show's familiar opening theme. In 2006 Chamberlain reprised the role in a parody of Grey's Anatomy (along with other famous TV doctors from Julia, St. Elsewhere, M*A*S*H and The Love Boat) on the 2006 TV Land Awards.

Highlights
Richard Chamberlain on working on Dr. Kildare
Barbara Eden on guest starring on the Dr. Kildare episode "If You Can't Believe the Truth" (airdate: October 10, 1963)
Norman Felton on executive producing Dr. Kildare
Who talked about this show

Ken Berry

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Ken Berry on his recurring role on Dr. Kildare

Robert Butler

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Robert Butler on directing Dr. Kildare  

Richard Chamberlain

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Richard Chamberlain on working on Dr. Kildare

Henry Colman

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Henry Colman on becoming associate producer on Dr. Kildare
Henry Colman on working as associate producer on Dr. Kildare

Barbara Eden

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Barbara Eden on guest starring on the Dr. Kildare episode "If You Can't Believe the Truth" (airdate: October 10, 1963)

Norman Felton

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Norman Felton on executive producing Dr. Kildare
Norman Felton on executive producing Dr. Kildare

Jerry Goldsmith

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Jerry Goldsmith on composing for Dr. Kildare and other shows and his process of composing for television

Ellen Holly

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Ellen Holly on guest-starring on Dr. Kildare, and on having to wear make-up to make her skin appear darker for the show

Lamont Johnson

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Lamont Johnson on directing Dr. Kildare, starring Richard Chamberlin, and The Execution of Private Slovik

Robert Justman

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Robert Justman on his role on recommending composer Jerry Goldsmith for Dr. Kildare

Harvey Korman

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Harvey Korman on appearing on Dr. Kildare

Rita Lakin

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Rita Lakin on being hired to write for Dr. Kildare, with an episode directed by Sydney Pollack and guest-starring Ron Howard
Rita Lakin on the experience of writing her first television episode (for Dr. Kildare) and on how television writers were regarded when she began

Nancy Malone

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Nancy Malone on appearing on Dr. Kildare with Richard Chamberlain

Diana Muldaur

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Diana Muldaur on working on Dr. Kildare

Leonard Nimoy

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Leonard Nimoy on getting cast on Star Trek (after submitting an episode of Dr. Kildare to show his "range" to producer/creator Gene Roddenberry)

Suzanne Pleshette

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Suzanne Pleshette on guest-starring on an episode of Dr. Kildare

Marion Ross

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Marion Ross on guest-starring on Dr. Kildare with Richard Chamberlin

Ralph Senensky

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Ralph Senensky on meeting Norman Felton and how he got his first directing assignment - for Dr. Kildare
Ralph Senensky on directing Dr. Kildare
Ralph Senensky on the editing room of Dr. Kildare
Ralph Senensky on directing Carolyn Jones and building a relationship with James Komack that led to directing The Courtship of Eddie's Father

Jean Stapleton

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Jean Stapleton on appearing on an early episode of Dr. Kildare

Maxine Stuart

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Maxine Stuart on appearing on Dr. Kildare

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