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'Dr. Kildare Movie Collection' from Warner Archive stars Lew Ayres
Long before Richard Chamberlain became the earnest "Dr. Kildare" in the 1961-66 NBC medical drama, MGM made a series of popular films based on the character created by Max Brand. Warner Archive has just released nine of these films starring Lew Ayres as the noble young doctor ¿ Joel McCrea was the first to wear the scrubs in 1937's "Interns Can't Take Money" ¿ and Lionel Barrymore as his mentor, the crusty Dr. Gillespie. Titles in the set include 1938's "Young Doctor Kildare," 1940's "Dr. Kildare's Strange Case," and 1941's "Dr. Kildare's Wedding Day."