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Dr. Kildare's Crisis

Dr. Kildare's Crisis(1940)

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The working title for this film was Should Dr. Kildare Tell? The picture was the seventh in the Dr. Kildare series. A New York Times news item notes that although director Harold S. Bucquet's first choice for the role of Dr. Gillespie was series regular Lionel Barrymore, because Barrymore was ill at the time, the studio refused to let him work.
       The MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library contains a letter from the A. W. Rudnick, Secretary of the National Creamery and Buttermaker's Association, to MPPDA President Will H. Hays, in which Rudnick complained that the film shows "people drinking milk and make[s] it appear that milk drinking is an object of ridicule." He went on to point out "I have failed to see a single movie where a young man or a young woman or an old man or an old woman has asked for milk when attending a cocktail party or gathering of any kind...The dairyman who sells fluid milk gets a higher income than any of the farmers and when the farmer has money he goes to the movies. He is a better customer of yours than the distillery employee or the coffee or tea dealer." Hays personally responded by assuring Rudnick that "there is no intention on the part of the organized industry to ridicule milk drinking." Furthermore, Hays informed Rudnick that he had noticed that in studio's dining rooms a large number of people were drinking milk daily. In 1941, the PCA received another letter of protest relating to the film, this time from the Medical Society of New York, which objected to the way in which epilepsy was presented in the film. The Society took issue with statements in the film claiming that "epilepsy is inherited, that epilepsy is curable, and that epilepsy progresses into insanity." For more information on the Dr. Kildare series, for Young Dr. Kildare.