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The Story of Dr. Kildare Radio Program

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Lionel Barrymore as Dr. Leonard Gillespie and Lew Ayres as Dr. James Kildare
Lionel Barrymore as Dr. Leonard Gillespie and Lew Ayres as Dr. James Kildare
M-G-M recorded an entire run of Dr. Kildare transcriptions for syndication, initially over M-G-M's own Radio station WMGM
M-G-M recorded an entire run of Dr. Kildare transcriptions for syndication, initially over M-G-M's own Radio station WMGM

M-G-M Radio Attractions half-page ad for it's 8-program package of transcribed programs from Billboard Nov 5 1949
M-G-M Radio Attractions half-page ad for it's 8-program package of transcribed programs from Billboard Nov 5 1949

WMGM promo for The Story of Dr. Kildare sponsored by Master Glow floor polish
WMGM promo for The Story of Dr. Kildare sponsored by Master Glow floor polish

Broadcasting magazine full-page promo of M-G-M/MBS package of ten feature programs from January 12 1952
Broadcasting magazine full-page promo of M-G-M/MBS package of ten feature programs from January 12 1952

Background

Paramount Pictures first brought Max Brand's character, Dr. James 'Jimmy' Kildare to the big screen with their 1937 crime feature, Internes Can't Take Money starring Barbara Stanwyck and featuring Joel McCrea as young intern, Jimmy Kildare. Notably absent in the Paramount feature is the character, Dr. Leonard Gillespie. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer coaxed author Max Brand and his characters into its stable in 1938, launching a highly popular series of fifteen films featuring either/both young Dr. Kildare or Dr. Leonard Gillespie:

1938 Young Dr. Kildare
1939 Calling Dr. Kildare
1939 The Secret of Dr. Kildare
1940 Dr. Kildare's Strange Case
1940 Dr. Kildare Goes Home
1940 Dr. Kildare's Crisis
1941 The People vs. Dr. Kildare
1941 Dr. Kildare's Wedding Day
1942 Dr. Kildare's Victory
1942 Calling Dr. Gillespie
1942 Dr. Gillespie's New Assistant
1943 Dr. Gillespie's Criminal Case
1944 3 Men in White
1945 Between Two Women
1947 Dark Delusion

The first nine of the M-G-M features starred Lew Ayres as Dr. James Kildare and Lionel Barrymore as Dr. Leonard Gillespie. 1942's Calling Dr. Gillespie was the first of the M-G-M features of the series to un-tether Dr. Gillespie from young Dr. Kildare. Following Dr. Gillespie's solo outing, M-G-M tethered Dr. Gillespie to Van Johnson as Dr. Randall 'Red' Adams, in Dr. Gillespie's New Assistant (1942). The Lionel Barrymore - Van Johnson duo continued for three more features: Dr. Gillespie's Criminal Case, 3 Men In White, and Between Two Women. The series concluded with 1947's solo outing of Dr. Gillespie in Dark Delusion, the only one of the fifteen Dr. Gillespie-related features not to carry Max Brand as credited with the characters and story.

Far and away the most popular combination of the Max Brand characters were Dr. Gillespie and his young protege, Dr. James Kildare. The Lionel Barrymore and Lew Ayres combination--and chemistry--served as the basis for all of the Dr. Kildare feature films, Radio productions and Television productions that followed between 1938 and 1973.

M-G-M Takes Young Dr. Kildare to the Airwaves

The Marcus Loew Booking Agency had owned radio station call sign WHN since 1946. In September of 1948, WHN changed their call sign to WMGM, in part to capitalize on a series of MGM programming projects they were attempting to introduce to a national audience. Programs such as The Adventures of Maisie, Crime Does Not Pay, The Hardy Family, M-G-M Theatre of The Air, and The Story of Dr. Kildare, all drew on material that M-G-M, as a Film Studio, already had in the can. Having established Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Radio Attractions for the express purpose of transcribing, then syndicating this content, all that remained was for M-G-M to obtain a well-established radio station from which to broadcast their programming packages. The assumption was that once heard in a wide enough area they'd be picked up nation-wide in due time. The concept seemed to be working for several years, until a change in M-G-M focus made their M-G-M Radio Attractions division redundant. WMGM slowly began changing their format to remain viable to its expanding local audience, and the era of MGM-produced, network-ready, syndicated content dwindled to nothing.

The M-G-M cachet was so persuasive that within days of the July 1949 trade announcements, M-G-M Radio Attractions had sold the following eight-program 'portfolio' to over 200 outlets in 45 states and Canada:

  • M-G-M Theatre of The Air
  • At Home with Lionel Barrymore
  • Hollywood, U.S.A.
  • The Story of Dr. Kildare
  • Good News From Hollywood
  • Crime Does Not Pay
  • The Hardy Family
  • Maisie

Indeed, the package actually came to the air before M-G-M's own WMGM began its initial broadcast run in October 1949. Chicago's Mutual key station, W-G-N, was the first to broadcast The Story of Dr. Kildare on September 27, 1949, barely a month after the first programs had been recorded.

Recorded as they were, most of the programs in the M-G-M Radio Attractions portfolio provided little or no continuity from episode to episode. This was uniformly true with The Story of Dr. Kildare. Virtually every script in The Story of Dr. Kildare stood alone. While a close listening of the first ten episodes of the series show a bit more foundational exposition, even those episodes could be played in virtually any order. The main characters of the series gain more form and substance with each new episode.

The core cast of characters reflect the Max Brand characters from the M-G-M feature films:

  • Dr. Leonard Gillespie [Lionel Barrymore]
  • Dr. James Kildare [Lew Ayres]
  • Dr. Walter Carew [Ted Osborne]
  • Nurse Evangeline 'Nosey' Parker [Virginia Gregg]
  • Receptionist Molly Byrd [Eleanor Audley]

As with most of his performances over Radio, Lionel Barrymore truly shines in the role of Dr. Gillespie. Lew Ayres, a comparative newcomer to Radio, continues in the soft spoken, compassionate, and idealistic vein he portrayed in his Dr. James Kildare Film characterizations. During the course of only the first 26-weeks of episodes, the series develops the roles of Dr. Carew, Blair Memorial Hospital Administrator, Nurse 'Nosey' Parker, and receptionist Molly Byrd into memorable and fully formed characterizations. The second cycle of 26-weeks of episodes introduced Nurse Diana Vernor as Dr. Kildare's slowly percolating love interest. Dr. Gillespie's own, long-standing love interest was receptionist Molly Byrd.

The scripted topics for the entire run drew upon many of the cutting edge medical technologies of the era. The series showcased these new techniques and treatments framed in poignant, heartwarming backdrops. Lionel Barrymore's character, due to the wonder of Radio dispensed with the wheelchair he was forced to use during the M-G-M feature film run. Radio's Dr. Gillespie was highly mobile, far more animated than in his Film portrayals and in several episodes of The Story of Dr. Kildare, scripted into a number of versatile, highly active, physical situations.

Though set in Blair Memorial Hospital, New York City, the series was a west coast production, its casts featuring virtually all of the finest west coast acting talent of the era. Among the recurring artists were Lurene Tuttle, Raymond Burr, Barton Yarborough, Jack Webb, Jay Novello, William Johnstone, Sam Edwards, Jack Edwards, Herb Ellis, Jeanne Bates, Joe Kearns, Ken Christy, Betty Lou Gerson, Ed Begley, Tudor Owen, Vic Perrin, Junius Matthews, Larry Dobkin, Peter Leeds, Wally Maher, Sheldon Leonard, and Barney Phillips, among many others. Notable among the above are Jack Webb, Raymond Burr and Barton Yarborough. Writer James Moser and Director William P. Rousseau had worked with all three actors in the course of Jack Webb's successful San Francisco Bay area productions. When Moser and Rousseau moved to L.A., Jack Webb soon followed.

Fans of the M-G-M Radio Attractions run of the Adventures of Maisie will note that many of the cast members featured in The Story of Dr. Kildare were prominently featured throughout most of the rescripted M-G-M Maisie run. Given that M-G-M Radio Attractions developed their initial offering of eight transcribed, syndicated features, it was undoubtedly common during the recording phase of their dramatic features to tap the same actors over and over again for the Radio Attractions productions.

The writing for the series couldn't have been better: James Moser, Jean Holloway, Les Crutchfield, E. Jack Neuman, John Michael Hayes, and Joel Murcott were credited with most of the scripts. The heartwarming, often humorous, and medically accurate scripts made for compelling listening for over four years.

Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore and Virginia Gregg are absolutely superb throughout the series. Lionel Barrymore, especially, is as vital and versatile as ever, even though fully confined to a wheel chair during that phase of his storied career. Lew Ayres, a former medical student himself, excels at the medical terminology and expositional elements during the series, while continuing to bring a highly sympathetic humanity and poignancy to the role. Virginia Gregg's brilliantly scripted and delivered jousting with Barrymore as Nurse Nosey Parker and Dr. Gillespie, respectively, provided some of the most humorous dialogue throughout the series.

Many of the medical advances highlighted throughout the series hold up remarkably well to this day. The sparkling dialogue, well-crafted scripts and marvelous chemistry between the protagonists have combined to keep this series as entertaining and informative today as it was in the early 1950s.

1952 Mutual and M-G-M negotiate a 1-yr run of a 10-program package

Of the estimated 200-plus Radio outlets that broadcast the original eight-program package of M-G-M Radio Attractions features, the overwhelming majority of them were Mutual Broadcasting System (MBS) member stations. As of the Fall of 1951, Mutual had 659 'co-op' member stations across America. It seemed to make sense to both M-G-M and MBS to strike a deal for an estimated ten M-G-M Radio Attractions feature programs destined for MBS's 8-10 p.m., Monday to Saturday timeslots to more effectively compete with its then nearest competitor, NBC. NBC had rolled out its own 'Tandem Program' package of feature programs during mid-1949. The business side of the 'bundled' packages allowed for multiple sponsors to advertise their message in pre-established, prime-time time-blocks. Thus one or more sponsors could more effectively leverage their advertising budgets during an era of rapidly growing Radio and Television advertising expenses.

For Mutual's part, the opportunity for member stations to acquire a ten-program, top of the line, M-G-M programming package for what amounted to the price of three regular M-G-M features over the same period of time proved to be irresistable--at the time. MBS also offered their sponsors pre-established, shared time-blocks to multiple sponsors in much the same fashion as NBC's competing 'Tandem Program.' This gave MBS member stations far more latitude in competing with NBC affiliates in their local markets. M-G-M and MBS struck their bargain in November of 1951 and began airing the broadcasts on December 31, 1951. The arrangement was to run for one year, or, in most cases, 52-weeks of weekly featured episodes of the dramatic presentations.

When it came time for MBS member stations to evaluate the effectiveness of the deal during the Fall of 1952, MBS member stations balked at extending the ten-package deal for another year. With MBS attempting to cherry-pick from the more proven popular programs of the package, M-G-M stuck to its guns, insisting that the ten-program package deal be renewed as a portfolio. MBS ultimately blinked first and M-G-M Radio Attractions walked away from the deal, ceasing production of any further constituent programs of the portfolio.

MBS and other independent affiliates continued to air individual programs from both the eight-program and ten-program packages for as many as two years later. M-G-M Radio Attractions, for its part began to wind down its operations at about the same time. M-G-M's business model was evolving, Television was making greater demands on all studios' resources, and station WMGM began modifying their format to remain more responsive to their growing local listener base.

Thus, the second, MBS-tailored, 52-week cycle of The Story of Dr. Kildare ended with the first-run, MBS broadcasts of December 1951 and from 1953, forward, aired only rebroadcasts of the canon.

The 'Kildare' franchise continues on for another 27 years

The MBS run of The Story of Dr. Kildare was by no means the end of the line for young Dr. Kildare. In 1961 Raymond Massey and Richard Chamberlain brought Dr. Kildare to Television for a run of six seasons and 191 episodes, and winning three Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award. 1972 found Young Dr. Kildare over Television, starring Gary Merril as Dr. Gillespie and Mark Jenkins as young Dr. Kildare. The series ran for at least twenty-four episodes.

Television viewers' fascination with medical dramas also ushered in Medic in 1954, starring Richard Boone of Have Gun, Will Travel fame. The series ran for three years, winning two Emmy Awards in the process. 1958 found Young Dr. Malone, from the twenty-0ne year Radio serial run of the same name, starring John Connell and running for five seasons. Numerous other medical dramas followed in their wake, proving to be one of the most durable genres of the 2oth Century.

Series Derivatives:

Australia 'Doctor Kildare'; Dr. Kildare [Television];
Genre: Anthology of Golden Age Radio Medical Dramas
Network(s): WMGM, Mutual, and several other local affiliates and networks while in syndication.
Audition Date(s) and Title(s): Unknown
Premiere Date(s) and Title(s): 49-10-12 01 Title Unknown
Run Dates(s)/ Time(s): 49-10-12 to 51-11-05; WMGM, Mutual; Seventy-eight, 26-minute transcriptions;
Syndication: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Radio Attractions; MacQuarie Transcriptions [Aus]
Sponsors: Master Glow Floor Polish; Quick Service Cleaners;
Director(s): William P. Rousseau, Joe Bigelow; Raymond Katz [Producer]
Principal Actors: Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore, Virginia Gregg, Ted Osborne, Joseph Kearns, Edwin Max, Parley Baer, Tom Brown, Barbara Ruick, Lurene Tuttle, Bea Benadaret, Marlene Ames, Jack Edwards, Peggy Webber, Sarah Selby, Sam Edwards, Jeanne Bates, Theodore Von Eltz, Dick Simmons, Lillian Buyeff, Jerry Hausner, Wilms Herbert, Eleanor Audley, Anne Stone, Jay Novello, Herb Ellis, Jack Webb, William Conrad, Herb Butterfield, Wiliam Tracy, Jack Petruzzi, Isabel Jewell, William Johnstone, Pattee Chapman, Isabel Randolph, Eddie Fields, Ken Christy, David Ellis, Ed Begley, Will Wright, Jack Kruschen, Tol Avery, Byron Kane, Tudor Owen, Frank Gerstle, Vic Perrin, Georgia Ellis, Jane Webb, Sharon Douglas, Whitfield Connor, Jerry Farber, Raymond Burr, Betty Lou Gerson, Anne Diamond, Junius Matthews, Peter Leeds, Lawrence Dobkin, Ben Wright, Betty Blythe, Tony Barrett, Yvonne Petatie, Florence Ravenal, Barney Phillips, Wally Maher, Sheldon Leonard, Barton Yarborough, William Conrad, Marie Blake
Recurring Character(s): Dr. James 'Jimmy' Kildare [Lew Ayres] ; Dr. Leonard Barry Gillespie [ Lionel Barrymore ]; Nurse Evangeline 'Nosey' Parker [Virginia Gregg] ; Mary Lamont ; Dr. Walter 'Bumpy' Carew [Ted Osborne] ; Gillespie's Receptionist, Molly Byrd [Eleanor Audley]; Nurse Diana Vernor [Georgia Ellis]; Joe Weyman, Ambulance Dispatcher [Ed Max]
Protagonist(s): Dr. James Kildare and Dr. Leonard Gillespie
Author(s): Characters and Story by Max Brand
Writer(s) James Moser, Jean Holloway, Les Crutchfield, E. Jack Neuman, John Michael Hayes, Joel Murcott
Music Direction: Walter Schumann [Composer/Conductor]
Musical Theme(s): The Dr. Kildare Theme
Announcer(s): Dick Joy
Estimated Scripts or
Broadcasts:
104 [ 78 is more likely ]
Episodes in Circulation: 56
Total Episodes in Collection: 60 [6 from original WMGM canon, 54 from MGM/MBS canon]
Provenances:

Initial announcement of eight-program M-G-M Radio Attractions package from Billboard magazine July 9 1949
Initial announcement of eight-program M-G-M Radio Attractions package from Billboard magazine July 9 1949

Spot ad for first run of M-G-M Radio Attractions eight-program package over WMTW Portland, ME from October 30 1949
Spot ad for first run of M-G-M Radio Attractions eight-program package over WMTW Portland, ME from October 30 1949

Billboard magazine review of The Story of Dr. Kildare from December 10 1949
Billboard magazine review of The Story of Dr. Kildare from December 10 1949

Billboard announcement of MGM's agreement with Australia's MacQuarie Broadcasting to broadcast 'Doctor Kildare' to rural Australia from September 1 1951
Billboard announcement of MGM's agreement with Australia's MacQuarie Broadcasting to broadcast 'Doctor Kildare' to rural Australia from September 1 1951

Billboard magazine announcement of Mutual and MGM intentions to broadcast a package of MGM Radio Attractions features ove MBS from November 3 1951
Billboard magazine announcement of Mutual and MGM intentions to broadcast a package of MGM Radio Attractions features over MBS from November 3 1951
Billboard Magazine, The New York Times.

Notes on Provenances:

The most helpful provenances were The New York Times newspaper Radio listings for WMGM and Billboard Magazine.

We undertook this catalog at the suggestion of one of our visitors. We fully expected, at the outset, several stumbling blocks common to the M-G-M Radio Attractions transcribed syndications of the era:

  • The initial distribution of eight M-G-M programming features were made available to any station or outlet subscribing to the transcribed syndication
  • As we determined from our previous Maisie, Crime Does Not Pay, and The Black Museum catalogs, the broadcast dates for any of the eight features varied wildly throughout America and Canada.
  • Syndicated transcriptions being what they are, we had no expectations that we'd turn up a fully identified episode sequence from contemporary newspapers or magazines.
  • There were, apparently, two differently numbered issues of The Story of Dr. Kildare: those comprising the original issue of 1949-1950 transcriptions and the transcription set prepared for the 10-program portfolio provided to the Mutual Broadcasting System.
  • The earlier and later transcription sets can be partially distinguished by the presence of M-G-M feature film promotions in the outro.

That having been said, we did, indeed, turn up a verifiable broadcast date sequence for The Story of Dr. Kildare--the WMGM run of The Story of Dr. Kildare listed in the New York Times. What we could not have anticipated is the absurd lengths to which the commercial OTR community has gone to intentionally mis-catalog The Story of Dr. Kildare over the past 40 years.

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OTRisms:

Shame on the commercial Old Time Radio community at large and their deliberate collusion to distort and misrepresent the production and broadcast history of The Story of Dr. Kildare. Without exception, each and every one cite a completely impossible run sequence and broadcast sequence for The Story of Dr. Kildare. Is it a coincidence that each and every one of these sources cite the precise, exact same run sequence and broadcast history? Of course it's not. It defies all human logic to conclude that every one of the above cited sources could, through demonstrably shabby 'research' arrive at the precise, identical, inaccurate episode and broadcast sequence. That is the very definition of collusion. We feel compelled to point out Radio Archives, in particular for their outright prevarication. In their Volume I The Story of Dr. Kildare description they state the following: "Broadcast dates listed are for original WMGM airings; local broadcast dates varied." That statement is an outright lie. And why? To lend yet another layer of 'truthieness' veneer to sell more CDs--nothing more, nothing less. They knew it was a lie when they wrote it, they knew it was a lie when they reverse engineered their patently false dates, and they knew it was a lie when they commited those dates to their pressed CDs. There's no way to sugar coat this one. It's a flat intentional misprepresentation of the truth. . . of course there is ONE other possible explanation: Radio Archives didn't know OR bother to research the actual WMGM broadcast listings, OR bother to research the one--and only one--contemporaneous review of The Story of Dr. Kildare, and chose, along with all the other sheep in the commercial OTR community, to go along with The Vintage Radio Place's demonstrably inaccurate commercial catalog.

Much of the confusion regarding the M-G-M Radio Attractions programming 'packages' of the era can be attributed to two distinct, widely advertised and promoted programming packages:

  • 1949's Initial Package of Eight Transcribed features . . .
    • M-G-M Theatre of The Air
    • At Home with Lionel Barrymore
    • Hollywood, U.S.A.
    • The Story of Dr. Kildare
    • Good News From Hollywood
    • Crime Does Not Pay
    • The Hardy Family
    • Maisie
  • 1951's Mutual (MBS) Package of Ten Transcribed features [this package was limited to a maximum of 52 episodes of any given weekly feature, per agreement between the parties] . . .
    • Woman of The Year
    • Crime Does Not Pay
    • The Black Museum
    • The Story of Dr. Kildare
    • M-G-M Musical Comedy Theater of The Air
    • The Modern Adventures of Casanova
    • The Gracie Fields Show
    • The Adventures of Maisie
    • The Hardy Family
    • M-G-M Theater of The Air

The earliest broadcast of The Story of Dr. Kildare that we turned up was over Chicago's Mutual Radio station W-G-N on September 27, 1949. The M-G-M package of eight transcribed features had been sold to at least 200 stations in 45 states as of November 1949.

From the July 9, 1949 issue of Billboard Magazine:

MGM Heading Toward Boff
Wax Profit; May Hit $1 Mil
 

     New York, July 2.--Within a few days of the initial public announcement of the eight open-end waxed radio series being peddled by the newly formed Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) Radio Attractions, between 150 and 200 stations gave written, wired and phoned for information concerning the shows.  Should 150 outlets in different markets be pacted for the shows, which feature top film names, MGM Attractions probably will gross about $5,000,000 annually, with a net take of about $1,000,000, according to Bert Lebhar Jr., Sales director of WMGM, New York, who heads Attractions.
     Over $100,000 already has been put out in waxing shows for the series, Lebhar said, with about 250 separate stanzas already on disks.  The programs will be sold on a percentage basis of the purchasing stations' hourly rate.  The eight shows total five hours and 45 minutes of programing weekly, and the cost to stations will be slightly under three times their basic hourly rate for all these shows.
               Seek Portfolio Deal
     Each program may be bought separately, but MGM is attempting to sell all as a single "portfolio" deal, with Music Corporation of America (MCA) handling the peddling.  Lebhar said he hopes to have the shows running by the start of September, but will settle for October.  The MGM drive to build a wax web based on these shows and others to follow is reflected in the offer of "exclusivity" on all MGM radio attractions to stations which become "full affiliates" by taking all of the first eight stanzas.
     Lebhar said the MGM web deal will not conflict with the live networks; on the contrary, he declared, the heads of the four major webs undoubtedly will welcome MGM's venture.  The wax shows will be used only on station option time, and will not eat into live web programing.  The prestige nature of the programs, too, Lebhar opined, will be a real boost for the stations using them.  The stations will be protected by getting exclusive rights in their territories to the properties, and will not be embarrassed as some live web affiliates have been, by having their top attractions shift to another web and air over their leading competitor's facilities.
     The eight programs will cost MGM close to $1,500,000 per year for production and talent charges.  Talent is being paid on a minimum fee plus percentage-of-net basis, according to Lebhar, with the percentage deals ranging from 16 !/3 to 33 percent.  About one dozen shows of the weekly hour-long dramatic MGM Theater of the Air series have been cut in New York.  Over 60 thrice-weekly 15-minute philosophy shows and Paula Stone's five-a-week quarter-hours of film chatter are ready.  Crime Will Not Pay, a 30-minute weekly drama, is about to go into production.  Three other weekly half hour shows will get started in August:  Maisie, Dr. Kildare and Judge Hardy's Family.

By April 1950, M-G-M Radio Attractions had agreed to produce a second cycle of the eight-feature package, for a total commitment of 52 episodes each of the featured programs. This entirely supports our working hypothesis regarding the both the initial distribution and broadcast of The Story of Dr. Kildare up to that point, as well as our hypothesis regarding the ultimate number of episodes of The Story of Dr. Kildare that were ever produced for syndication. From the April 22, 1950 issue of Billboard Magazine:

MGM To Spend 500G on 2d 26-Week Air Shows

A half-million dollars will go into the production of the second 26-week cycle of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer radio attractions. The first cycle has established the success of the venture by its acceptance of 200 radio stations in 45 states. WMGM, New York, is the film firm's key outlet here.

From the November 17, 1951 issue of Billboard Magazine:

MGM Program Line-Up
Finalized by Mutual

      NEW  YORK, Nov. 10.--Mutual Broadcasting System's programming plans with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer were finalized this week when the movie outfit came thru with a long-delayed complete list of programs and stars.  Line-up was originally scheduled to start November 19, but belated agreement necessitated moving date to week of December 31, when all of the new programs will make their debut over the full Mutual network.
     MGM star line-up includes "Woman of the Year" (Mondays 8-8:30 p.m. EST) with Bette Davis, a comedy-drama series based upon the MGM movie; "Crime Does Not Pay" (Mondays 8:30-9 p.m. EST) dramatizations of MGM's Academy Award winning film subjects; "The Black Museum" (Tuesdays 8:30-9 p.m. EST) with Orson Welles' mystery series based on Scotland Yard case histories; "The Story of Dr. Kildare" (Tuesdays 8:30-9 p.m. EST), the Lew Ayres-Lionel Barrymore vehicle; "MGM Musical Comedy Theater of the Air" (Wednesdays 8-9 p.m. EST), featuring condensations of such top MGM musicals as "Anchors Aweigh," "Meet Me in St. Louis," etc; "The Modern Adventures of Casanova" (Thursdays 8-8:30 p.m. EST), an Errol Flynn thriller; "The Gracie Fields Show" (Thursdays 8:30-9 p.m. EST); "Adventures of Maisie" (Fridays 8-8:30 p.m. EST) with Ann Sothern; "The Hardy Family" (Fridays 8:30-9 p.m. EST, Mickey Rooney, et al; "MGM Theater of the Air" (Saturdays 8:30-9:30 p.m. EST), featuring Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton, Fredric March, Robert Taylor, Burgess Meredith, Cornell Wilde, Margaret O'Brien, Peter Lawford.
     These shows will be supplemented with the rescheduling of 12 currently aired MBS programs into the block from 8 to 10 p.m., Monday thru Saturday.  Mutual shows include "Crime Fighters," "War Front--Home Front," "Official Detective," "The Hidden Truth," "Mysterious Traveler," "The Family Theater," "Rod and Gun Club of the Air," "Reporter's Roundup," "Magazine Theater," "Twenty Questions," "Armed Forces Review" and "Lombardoland U.S.A."
     Half of the MGM programs will be offered for local sale by MBS affiliates, including the four half hours from 8:30 to 9 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays; and the full hour "MGM Theater of the Air" on Saturdays.  Remaining five airers will be offered to national sponsors on a "multi-message" basis, similar to that of the National Broadcasting Company's tandem plan.

From the November 8, 1952 issue of Billboard Magazine:
 
MBS-MGM Radio Attractions Rift
Over Renewal Terms Widen
 
     NEW YORK, Nov. 1.--The rift between the Mutual Broadcasting System and MGM Radio Attractions over renewal terms on the latter's group of 10 radio shows was widened this week, as the flicker outfit virtually suspended production on all series at the request of the web.  Because of the production shut-down, Mutual now is offering re-runs on most of the programs.  MGM shows air in the 8-9 p.m. time, Monday thru Saturday, on MBS.  The deal constituted the largest one-package program arrangements in the web's history.
     In line with this, there's a possibility that performers featured on some of the shows may have a beef since re-run money to actors is paltry.  For instance, Lilli Palmer, who appeared on an hour-long "MGM Theater of the Air" program, received less than $7 when the play tape was aired for the second time.
     As reported in The Billboard last week, the MGM packages are up for renewal December 31, and negotiations for a new contract are currently underway between network execs and the film firm.  Meanwhile, the web reportedly is looking for indie packages to spot in the 8 to 9 p.m. time period if the MGM renewal doesn't go thru.  MGM, meanwhile, is said to be attempting to come up with some fresh stanzas as possible substitutes. 
     The production shutdown reportedly was ordered by Mutual, because the web desired to make certain changes in the shows before any more were put on tape.
     Among the shows involved, are the Errol Flynn "Casanova" series; the Mickey Rooney "Hardy Family" show; Bette Davis' "Woman of the Year" package; Ann Sothern's "Maisie"; Orson Welles' "Black Museum"; the Gracie Fields show; Lionel Barrymore's "Dr. Kildare" series; "Crime Does not Pay"; "MGM Theater of the Air," and "MGM Musical Comedy Theater of the Air."


As regards the actual transcription numbering for the series, we have no confidence whatsoever regarding the Program Numbers alleged by radioGOLDINdex as characterized on its The Story of Dr. Kildare page. Golden cites the transcriptions in his collection as originating from the Mutual Net. One or both of two elements are inaccurate throughout that entire listing:
  • Either the stated Program Numbers are inaccurate for the earliest M-G-M Radio Attractions transcription numbers or. .
  • The dates for that entire alleged WMGM-Mutual Net run are inaccurate.

The Mutual Network didn't even negotiate with M-G-M for a Mutual-specific package of M-G-M programming features until the Fall of 1951, hence all of the program dates attributed to the radioGOLDINdex listing are in error. If it was Goldin's intent to cite the program numbers and broadcast dates for one or more independent MBS affiliates airing the original 1949 syndication of The Story of Dr. Kildare [such as Chicago's W-G-N], then the listed broadcast dates are inaccurate due to the lone 'rosetta stone' provenance provided by the Billboard Magazine review of The Story of Dr. Kildare from the December 10, 1949 issue. That review specifically names the Vernon Pendleton, Hypochondriac episode as having been reviewed from the WMGM broadcast of November 23, 1949. The Billboard provenance is irrefutable. Sadly, that is the one--and only--date and title combination we can cite as accurate in the entire canon of The Story of Dr. Kildare.

As we've come to expect from the commercial OTR community, the overwhelming majority of apocryphal episodes titles for the series were as inaccurate as the slipshod scholarship behind them. We've corrected all of the circulating titles in our collection to those more representative of the scripts and the contemporary language of the era. We also removed any obvious 'spoilers' from the circulating titles, since many of these well-crafted scripts contained surprise outcomes.

No hint as to following episodes are provided at the close of any of the circulating transcriptions. Neither is there any discernable continuity to the run. Indeed, due to the 40 years of commercial Old Time Radio mischief cited above, we have no confidence in the following episode sequence and broadcast dates. Hence, only one of the following titles is verifiable. All other epsiode numbers, dates and titles must be taken on faith alone until better provenances emerge. Disclaimer: Several of the titles we cite with 1951 dates could not possibly have aired--as recorded--in 1951, since they contain very obvious promotions of 1949 and 1950 M-G-M Film features. We can therefore conclude that the currently circulating set of the series must contain a mix of both the original and later, MBS-commissioned transcription sets.

We welcome any conclusions or observations that differ from our own. The forty years of a concerted commercial effort to misrepresent the details of this series will take far more time to unravel. Here's our standing challenge to the program numbering question: we challenge anyone in the vintage Radio community to produce photographs or scans any M-G-M Radio Attractions-produced The Story of Dr. Kildare transcription label with Program Nos. 79 or 80 as part of the printed, mass-produced label.


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The Story of Dr. Kildare Program Log

Date Trans. #s Title Avail. Notes
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48-06-22 Wisconsin State Journal
CBS is reported dickering with Lew (Dr. Kildare) Ayres for a new dramatic series with a medical background.

49-08-17 Santa Cruz Sentinel
"Calling Dr. Kildare!" This familiar call will again ring forth--but on the air, not the screen. MGM, which has gone into the business of packaging air shows, has made a deal with Lew Ayres to repeat his famous medical character for radio. But the film version won't be revived. Lew feels he would be going backwards to return to the B picture series.

49-09-27
--
Title Unknown
--
[Earliest identified broadcast of The Story of Dr. Kildare]

49-09-27 Democrat And Leader
9:00 O'CLOCK. Lew Ayres and Lionel Barrymore in "Dr. Kildare"
new series--WGN.

49-09-27 Chicago Daily Tribune
9:00 P.M. W-G-N, WGNB--
Dr. Kildare.
49-10-05
--
--
49-10-05 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Jazz--Leonard Feather
49-10-12
1
Title Unknown
N
[ The WMGM run of The Story of Dr. Kildare is the only verifiable run of the series we were able to catalog from start to finish]

49-10-12 New York Times
7:30-8--Play: "Dr. Kildare," Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore--WMGM.

49-10-12 Washington Post
WMAL 8:00 Dr. Kildare
49-10-19
2
Title Unknown
N
49-10-19 New York Times
7:30-8--Play: "Dr. Kildare," Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore--WMGM.

49-10-19 Washington Post
WMAL 8:00 Dr. Kildare
49-10-26
3
Angela Kester, Paranoic Concert Pianist
Y
49-10-26 New York Times
7:30-8--Play: "Dr. Kildare," Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore--WMGM.

Outro promotes M-G-M's
East Side, West Side released in December 1949
49-11-02
4
Marjorie Northrup, Amputee
Y
49-11-02 New York Times
7:30-8--Play: "Dr. Kildare," Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore--WMGM

Outro promotes M-G-M's
That Forsythe Woman released in November 1949
49-11-09
5
Benjamin Barclayitis
Y
49-11-09 New York Times
7:30-8--Play: "Dr. Kildare," Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore--WMGM.
49-11-16
6
Carmen Marciano, Terminal Cancer
Y
49-11-16 New York Times
7:30-8--Play: "Dr. Kildare," Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore--WMGM.

Jay Novello as Rico Marciano

Outro promotes M-G-M's
Malaya released in December 1949
49-11-23
7
Vernon Pendleton, Hypochondriac
Y
49-11-23 New York Times
7:30-8--Play: "Dr. Kildare," Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore--WMGM.

Joe Kearns as Vernon Pendleton

Outro promotes M-G-M's
Key to The City released in February 1950
49-11-30
8
Barbara Lane, Drug Addict
Y
49-11-30 New York Times
7:30-8--Play: "Dr. Kildare," Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore--WMGM.
49-12-07
9
Caroline Shelley, Appendicitis
Y
49-12-07 New York Times
7:30-8--Play: "Dr. Kildare," Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore--WMGM.

Barbara Ruick as Caroline Shelley; Lurene Tuttle as Miss Henderson and Doreen Shelley
49-12-14
10
Janet Dane, Betatron Cancer Treatment
Y
49-12-14 New York Times
7:30-8--Play: "Dr. Kildare," Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore--WMGM.

Betty Lou Gerson as Janet Dane

49-12-15 Bradford Era
THE LEW AYRES-Lionel Barrymore 'Dr. Kildare" radio program now is on 150 stations. They get a cut from each one.
49-12-21
11
Warren Jackson, Attempted Suicide
Y
49-12-19 Salt Lake Tribune
SWITCHEROO
Lionel Barrymore, appearing as Dr. Kildare's sidekick Thursday night, will be heard via KALL in Dicken's "Christmas Carol" this Sunday morning at 11 a.m. Program is bankrolled by the Continental Bank, which should be proof positive bankers are not Scrooges.

49-12-21 New York Times
7:30-8--Play: "Dr. Kildare," Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore--WMGM.
49-12-28
12
Terry Murphy, Partial Deafness
Y
49-12-28 New York Times
7:30-8--Play: "Dr. Kildare," Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore--WMGM.
50-01-04
13
Philip Van Court, Traumatic Amnesia
Y
50-01-04 New York Times
7:30-8--Play: "Dr. Kildare," Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore--WMGM.
50-01-11
14
Jackie Mason, Abandoned Baby
Y
50-01-11 New York Times
7:30-8--Play: "Dr. Kildare," Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore--WMGM.

Jack Webb as Lt. Dan Riley
50-01-18
15
Janet Norman, Pericarditis
Kildare's Old Girlfriend
Y
50-01-18 New York Times
7:30-8--Play: "Dr. Kildare," Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore--WMGM.

Lurene Tuttle as Janet Norman
50-01-25
16
Nurse 'Nosey' Parker Resigns
Y
50-01-25 New York Times
7:30-8--Play: "Dr. Kildare," Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore--WMGM.
50-02-01
17
Angela Carew, 20lbs Overweight
Y
50-02-01 New York Times
7:30-8--Play: "Dr. Kildare," Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore--WMGM.
50-02-08
18
Dick Brennan Steals 5,000 Dollars
Y
50-02-08 New York Times
7:30-8--Play: "Dr. Kildare," Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore--WMGM.
50-02-15
19
Colonel Beauregard, Paralysis
Y
50-02-15 New York Times
7:30-8--Play: "Dr. Kildare," Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore--WMGM.
50-02-22
20
Gordon Mallory, Lead Poisoning
Y
50-02-22 New York Times
7:30-8--Play: Dr. Kildare. With Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore
50-03-01
21
Drake Simmons, Glaucoma
Y
50-03-01 New York Times
7:30-8--Play: "Dr. Kildare," Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore--WMGM.
50-03-08
22
Priscilla Babcock, Arm Fracture
Y
50-03-08 New York Times
7:30-8--Play: "Dr. Kildare," Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore--WMGM.

50-03-11 Long Beach Press-Telegram
9:30--KFI--
When a corps of efficiency experts invade Blair General Hospital it doesn't take "Dr. Kildare" long to rid the hospital of this evil.
50-03-15
23
Millicent Forbes, Romantic Trustee
Dr. Gillespie Almost Gets Engaged
Y
50-03-15 New York Times
7:30-8--Play: "Dr. Kildare," Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore--WMGM.

Isobel Randolph as Millicent Forbes
50-03-22
24
Dr. Bob Wheeler, Migraine Headaches
Hunting Trip
Y
50-03-22 New York Times
7:30-8--Play: "Dr. Kildare," Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore--WMGM.

David Ellis as Bob Wheeler
Ken Christy as Ezra Riley
50-03-29
25
Dan Malloy, Peptic Ulcer
Y
50-03-29 New York Times
7:30-8--Play: Dr. Kildare. With Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore

Ed Begley as Dan Malloy
50-04-05
26
Mrs Stanford, Angina Pectoris
Y
50-04-05 New York Times
7:30-8--Play: "Dr. Kildare," Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore--WMGM.
50-04-12
27
Title Unknown
N
50-04-12 New York Times
7:30-8--Play: "Dr. Kildare," Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore--WMGM.
50-04-19
28
Title Unknown
N
50-04-19 New York Times
7:30-8--Play: Dr. Kildare. With Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore

50-04-22 Billboard Magazine

MGM To Spend 500G on 2d 26-Week Air Shows

A half-million dollars will go into the production of the second 26-week cycle of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer radio attractions. The first cycle has established the success of the venture by its acceptance of 200 radio stations in 45 states. WMGM, New York, is the film firm's key outlet here.

50-04-26
29
Buffalo Barney McClure, Swallowed Bridgework
Y
50-04-26 New York Times
7:30-8--Play: "Dr. Kildare," Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore--WMGM.

Barton Yarborough as Buffalo Barney McClure
50-05-03
30
Appendicitis Operation By Radio
Y
50-05-03 New York Times
7:30-8--Play: "Dr. Kildare," Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore--WMGM.

Jack Webb as Bill Frasier
Raymond Burr as Captain Douglas
50-05-10
31
Title Unknown
N
50-05-10 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Play: Dr. Kildare. With Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore
50-05-17
32
Title Unknown
N
50-05-17 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Play: Dr. Kildare. With Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore
50-05-24
33
Miss Mudd, State Medical Board Examiner
Carew Gets Medical Examiner Mixed Up
Y
50-05-24 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Play: Dr. Kildare. With Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore

Isabel Jewel as Miss Mudd
Will Wright as Mr. Grunion
50-05-31
34
Marian Lewis, Troubled Teenager
Y
50-05-31 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Play: Dr. Kildare. With Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore

Lurene Tuttle as Mrs. Lewis
Barbara Ruick as Marian Lewis
Jack Kruschen as Mr. Lewis
50-06-07
35
Sam Lubinski, Spinal Injury
Y
50-06-07 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Play: Dr. Kildare. With Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore

Tudor Owen as Police Officer
Frank Gerstle as Sam Lubinski
50-06-14
36
The Mumpkins' First Baby
Y
50-06-14 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Play: Dr. Kildare. With Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore

Bill Tracy as Willie Mumpkin
50-06-21
37
Title Unknown
N
50-06-21 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Play: "Dr. Kildare," Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore.
50-06-28
38
Title Unknown
N
50-06-28 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Play: Dr. Kildare. With Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore
50-07-05
39
Eddie Jenkins Accused of Arson
Y
50-07-05 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Play: Dr. Kildare. With Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore

Raymond Burr as Mr. Maxon
Jerry Farber as Eddie Jenkins
Whitfield Conner as Mr. Craig
50-07-12
40
Ling Ko Gambles On Leg Surgery
Y
50-07-12 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Play: Dr. Kildare. With Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore

Paul Frees as Eddie Chun
Tudor Owen as Ling Ko
50-07-19
--
--
50-07-19 New York Times
6:55--Dodgers vs. Cincinnati--WMGM.
50-07-26
41
Mr. Bradley, Open-Heart Surgery
Y
50-07-26 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Play: Dr. Kildare. With Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore

Wilms Herbert as Mr. Bradley
Vic Perrin as Dr. Ramsey
50-08-02
42
Mr. Kramer and Nurse Parker, Lead Poisoning
Y
50-08-02 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Play: Dr. Kildare. With Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore--Sketch

Ben Wright as Mr. Kramer
50-08-09
43
Lady Dunabee, Sciatica
Y
50-08-09 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Play: Dr. Kildare. With Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore--Sketch

Isabel Randolph as Lady Dunabee
50-08-16
44
Arthur Morgan, Brain Hemorrhage
Y
50-08-16 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Play: Dr. Kildare. With Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore--Sketch

Lurene Tuttle as Mrs. Morgan
50-08-23
45
Title Unknown
N
50-08-23 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Play: Dr. Kildare. With Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore--Sketch
50-08-30
46
David Norton, Pneumonia
Y
50-08-30 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Play: Dr. Kildare. With Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore--Sketch

Betty Lou Gerson as Mrs. Norton
Isabel Jewel as Miss Delbert
Jay Novello as Butler
Stacy Harris as Mr. Norton
50-09-06
--
Pre-Empted
--
50-09-06 New York Times
6--Dodgers Philadelphia--2 games--WMGM.
50-09-13
47
Nick Mazzetti, Bullet Wounds
Eddie Lazetti Kidnaps Nurse
Y
50-09-13 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Play: Dr. Kildare. With Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore

Barton Yarborough as Sgt. Riley
Vic Perrin as Nick Mazzetti
50-09-20
48
Dr. Gillespie, Retirement Rumors
Dr Gillespie's Testimonail Dinner
Y
50-09-20 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Play: Dr. Kildare. With Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore
50-09-27
49
Dr. Conlon, Electro-Radonic Diagnosti-Scope Swindler
Y
50-09-27 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Play: Dr. Kildare. With Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore

Raymond Burr as Dr. Conlon
Sara Selby as Mr. Brady
50-10-04
50
Joe Finley, Perforated Ulcer
Y
50-10-04 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Play: Dr. Kildare. With Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore

Paul Dubov as Joe Finley
Paul Frees as Bernie Schumann
Isabel Jewel as Larraine Finley
Jay Novello as Dr. Blackthorne
50-10-11
51
Oliver M. W. Van Meter, Allergy
Y
50-10-11 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Play: Dr. Kildare. With Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore

Wilms Herbert as Oliver M.W. Van Meter
50-10-18
52
Anthrax Outbreak In The Adirondacks
Y
50-10-18 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Play: Dr. Kildare. With Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore

Will Wright as Jed
Tom Holland as Young Breverton
Ted Von Eltz as Mr. Breverton
50-10-25
53
Peter Kozlov, Mental Illness
Y
50-10-25 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Drama: Dr. Kildare. With Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore

Larry Dobkin as Peter Kozlov
Ted De Corsia as Captain Daggett
50-11-06
54
Cowboy Star Buck Houston, Psychosomatic Sciatica
Y
50-11-06 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Drama: Dr. Kildare. With Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore

Barton Yarborough as Buck Houston
Johnny McGovern as Donny
Mary McGovern as Beth
50-11-13
55
David Cooper, Facial Burns
Y
50-11-13 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Drama: Dr. Kildare. With Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore

Larry Dobkin as David Cooper
50-11-20
56
Edward Carlton, Hydrophobia or Hysteria
Y
50-11-20 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Drama: Dr. Kildare. With Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore
50-11-27
57
Novelist Amy Dickens, Shattered Legs
Amy Dickens Breaks Her Leg
Y
50-11-27 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Drama: Dr. Kildare. With Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore

Peggy Webber as Amy Dickens
50-12-04
58
Young Mother Wants to Put Her Baby Up for Adoption
Y
50-12-04 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Drama: Dr. Kildare. With Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore

Isabel Jewel as Cathy Morton [Winslow]
50-12-11
59
Dr. Gillespie, Acute Snoopitis
Joan Quinn
Y
50-12-11 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Drama: Dr. Kildare. With Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore

Betty Lou Gerson as Joan Quinn
Eleanor Audley as Molly Byrd
50-12-18
60
Dr. Gillespie's New Suit
Y
50-12-18 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Drama: Dr. Kildare. With Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore

Anne Diamond as Suzanne Deschamps
Junius Matthews as Salesman
50-12-25
61
Nurse Parker Invests in Yukon Joe Moran's Mine
Y
50-12-25 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Drama: Dr. Kildare. With Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore

Peter Leeds as Yukon Joe Moran
Georgia Ellis as Nurse Diana Vernor
51-01-01
62
Title Unknown
N
51-01-01 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Drama: Story of Dr. Kildare. With Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore
51-01-08
63
Title Unknown
N
51-01-08 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Drama: Story of Dr. Kildare. With Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore
51-01-15
64
Title Unknown
N
51-01-14 Wisconsin State Journal
3 p.m.--Dr. Kildare (WGN):
new series with Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore.

51-01-15 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Drama: Story of Dr. Kildare. With Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore
51-01-22
65
'John Smith', Incognito Carcinoma Patient
Mysterious Hemophilia Patient
Y
51-01-22 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Drama: Story of Dr. Kildare. With Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore

Larry Dobkin as Mr. Sarvo
Ben Wright as 'John Smith'
51-01-29
66
Dr. Gillespie's Love Letters
Y
51-01-29 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Drama: Story of Dr. Kildare. With Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore

Tony Barrett as Mr. Beasley, Auctioneer
51-02-05
67
Title Unknown
N
51-02-05 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Drama: Story of Dr. Kildare. With Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore
51-02-12
68
Title Unknown
N
51-02-12 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Drama: Story of Dr. Kildare. With Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore
51-02-19
69
Dr. Kildare, Acute Appendicitis
Pedro, Maria and Rosie
Y
51-02-19New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Drama: Story of Dr. Kildare. With Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore

Tony Barrett as Pedro
Lillian Buyeff as Maria
Wilms Herbert as Dr. Simmons
51-02-26
70
Internist Paul Bailey, Nervous Breakdown
Y
51-02-26New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Drama: Story of Dr. Kildare. With Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore

Larry Dobkin as Paul Bailey
51-03-05
71
Title Unknown
N
51-03-05 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Drama: Story of Dr. Kildare. With Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore
51-03-12
72
Title Unknown
N
51-03-12 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Drama: Story of Dr. Kildare. With Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore
51-03-19
73
Joe Weyman Suspected of Grand Theft
Y
51-03-19 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Drama: Story of Dr. Kildare. With Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore

Ed Max as Joe Weyman
51-03-26
74
Evelyn Briggs, Diphtheria
Y
51-03-26 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Drama: Story of Dr. Kildare. With Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore

Peggy Webber as Evelyn Briggs
Wally Maher as Mr. Converse
Barton Yarborough as Constable Ed Allison
Sheldon Leonard as Chuck Rivers
51-04-02
75
Intern Robert Lane, Practicing Medicine Without A License
Y
51-04-02 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Drama: Story of Dr. Kildare. With Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore

Outro promotes M-G-M's
East Side, West Side released in December 1949
51-04-09
76
Alice Bradley, Repressive Amnesia
Y
51-04-09 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Drama: Story of Dr. Kildare. With Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore

Lurene Tuttle as Alice Bradley
William Conrad as Mr. Bradley

Outro promotes M-G-M's
Malaya released in December 1949
51-04-16
77
Title Unknown
N
51-04-16 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Drama: Story of Dr. Kildare. With Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore
51-04-23
78
Title Unknown
N
51-04-23 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Drama: Story of Dr. Kildare. With Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore
51-04-30
79
Title Unknown
N
[ WMGM begins airing rebroadcasts]

51-04-30 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Drama: Story of Dr. Kildare. With Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore
51-05-07
80
Title Unknown
N
51-05-07 New York Times - 7:30-WMGM--Drama: Story of Dr. Kildare. With Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore
51-05-14
81
Title Unknown
N
51-05-14 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Drama: Story of Dr. Kildare. With Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore
51-05-21
82
Title Unknown
N
51-05-21 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Drama: Story of Dr. Kildare. With Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore
51-05-28
--
--
51-05-28 New York Times - 7:30-WMGM-News; Warm-Up Time
51-06-04
83
Title Unknown
N
51-06-04 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Drama: Story of Dr. Kildare. With Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore
51-06-11
84
Title Unknown
N
51-06-11 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Drama: Story of Dr. Kildare. With Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore
51-06-18
85
Title Unknown
N
51-06-18 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Drama: Story of Dr. Kildare. With Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore
51-06-25
86
Title Unknown
N
51-06-25 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Drama: Story of Dr. Kildare. With Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore
51-07-02
87
Title Unknown
N
51-07-02 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Drama: Story of Dr. Kildare. With Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore
51-07-09
88
Title Unknown
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51-07-09 New York Times
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51-12-25 Wisconsin State Journal - WISC 7:30 Chance of a Lifetime
52-01-01
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Title Unknown 52-01-01 San Mateo Times
Dr. Gillespie finds himself at a loss for words on The Story of Dr. Kildare, heard on KFRC at 8:30.

52-01-01 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Dr. Kildare (WISC): Lionel Barrymore and Lew Ayres in new series dramatizing doctors.

52-01-01 Canton Repository
BACK AGAIN. Returning to the roles in which they became famous are Lew Ayres and Lionel Barrymore as Dr. Kildare and Dr. Gillespie in the series, "The Story of Dr. Kildare." The drama show will debut at 8:30 tonight over MBS-WHK.
52-01-08
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Title Unknown 52-01-08 Wisconsin State Journal - 7:30 p.m.--Dr. Kildare (WISC): Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore treat a patient, solve a murder.
52-01-15
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Title Unknown 52-01-15 Wisconsin State Journal - 7:30 p.m.--Dr. Kildare (WISC): underworld character's stomach yields evidence.
52-01-22
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Title Unknown 52-01-22 Wisconsin State Journal - 7:30 p.m.--Dr. Kildare (WISC): doctor flies to ship, saves crewman.
52-01-29
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Title Unknown 52-01-29 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Dr. Kildare (WISC): kittenish cousin brings cat to Drs. Gillespie and Kildare.
52-02-05
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Title Unknown 2-02-05 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Dr. Kildare (WISC): surgery and the eternal triangle.
52-02-12
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Title Unknown 52-02-12 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Dr. Kildare (WISC): hospital superintendent embarrasses prospective fund-giver.
52-02-19
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Title Unknown 52-02-19 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Dr. Kildare (WISC): problem of a teen-age alcoholic.
52-02-26
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Title Unknown 52-02-26 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Dr. Kildare (WISC): Dr. Gillespie suggests marriage for younger physician.

52-03-04
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Title Unknown 52-03-04 Janesville Daily Gazette
Tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m., Drs. Kildare and Gillespie differ on a diagnosis. The patient concurs with Dr. Gillespie (Lionel Barrymore). Kildare (Lew Ayres), the dissenter, has to prove his point and in so doing finds himself involved in a police investigation during hte Story of Dr. Kildare broadcast. This show is one of several half-hour dramas presented every afternoon at 2 over WCLO.

52-03-11
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Title Unknown 52-03-11 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Dr. Kildare (WISC): Dr. Gillespie plays cupid.

52-03-18
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Title Unknown 52-03-18 Janesville Daily Gazette
RADIO CHATTER
Electronics War Aid Keys "Story of Dr. Kildare"
By RALPH SCHROEDER
Medical science has made many advances in the past decade. But the need for an emergency operation prompts Dr. Kildare's (Lew Ayres) adaptation of the latest in electronics devices to surgival practice during the Story of Dr. Kildare broadcast tomorrow afternoon at 2. In this incident, a workman, seriously injured by a steel bar that accidentally pierced his body, is permanently paralyzed by pressure on a nerve. X-rays and fluoroscopy fail to locate the cause--until Dr. Kildare, remembering wartime experiences, employes an electronics shrapnel locator. A successful operation by Drs. Kildare and Gillespie (Lionel Barrymore) happily concludes the story.

52-03-25
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Title Unknown 52-03-25 Janesville Daily Gazette
Dr. Kildare (Lew Ayres) turns private detective in order to exonerate a youth of an arson charge made by an insurance investigator. The young man, suffering from severe burns, is brought to Blair hospital for treatment. The insurance prober accuses the lad of setting fire to a warehouse. Dr. Kildare disagrees and sets out to prove the youth's innocence via medical science. The drama is set for broadcast on The Story of Dr. Kildare tomorrow afternoon at 2.

52-04-01
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Title Unknown 52-04-01 Janesville Daily Gazette
A chess match is Dr. Kildare's (Lew Ayres) prescription plan to give an ailing oldster the will to live. The man, injured in an automobile accident, refuses to submit to an operation declaring he has no further interest in life. Dr. Kildare attempts to persuade him to change his mind but is rebuffed at every turn. A chess game, with Dr. Kildare throwing the match, is the amusing climax for this Story of Dr. Kildare drama tomorrow afternoon at 2.

52-04-08
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Title Unknown 52-04-08 Janesville Daily Gazette
Drs. Kildare (Lew Ayres) and Gillespie (Lionel Barrymore) demonstrate a new use for the stethoscope during the Story of Dr. Kildare broadcast tomorrow afternoon at 2. In this story he uncovers the plot of a scheming niece and nephew with his stethoscope transferring their discussions to a tape-recording machine, and helps an elderly patient prepare a will covering a million-dollar estate.

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Title Unknown 52-04-15 Janesville Daily Gazette - An absent-minded professor causes a commotion in Blair General hospital when he confides in Drs. Kildare (Lew Ayres) and Gillespie (Lionel Barrymore) that he forgot why he came to town. When a poetess arrives on the scene to claim him for her husband because of a marriage proposal, Drs. Kildare and Gillespie promise to help him escape matrimony. As a result they almost become cupid's objects. Some fast talking eases the situation and provides a hilarious episode for the Story of Dr. Kildare broadcast tomorrow afternoon at 2.

52-04-22
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Title Unknown 52-04-22 Wisconsin State Journal - 7:30 p.m.--Dr. Kildare (WISC): patient's condition points a lesson for Dr. Gillespie.

52-04-29
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Title Unknown 52-04-29 Wisconsin State Journal - 7:30 p.m.--Dr. Kildare (WISC): Nurse Parker takes up a hobby.

52-05-06
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Title Unknown 52-05-06 Janesville Daily Gazette
There are anxious moments at Blair General hospital when Drs. Kildare (Lew Ayres) and Gillespie (Lionel Barrymore) discover that an eccentric English woman, Lady Donnby, is to be a guest at the institution. A large contribution to the hospital is at stake when Dr. Gillespie decides an operation will cure her leg condition. Dr. Carew he superintendent, objects, but the surgery is successful. Lady Donnby dances again, and the endowment fund is established. This drama is scheduled for The Story of Dr. Kildare broadcast tomorrow afternoon at 2.

52-05-13
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Title Unknown 52-05-13 Janesville Daily Gazette
Psychology is an important part in a doctor's stock in trade. And Drs. Kildare (Lew Ayres) and Gillespie (Lionel Barrymore) prove the point during the Story of Dr. Kildare broadcast tomorrow afternoon at 2. In this drama, they decide to place two ailing women in adjoining hospital beds. Each listens to the other's troubles . . . and forgets her own. The net result is a cure for both.

52-05-20
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Title Unknown 52-05-20 Madison Capital Times
7:30 p.m.--Story of Dr. Kildare: unco-operative patient gets work in hospital--WISC.

52-05-27
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Title Unknown 52-05-27 Janesville Daily Gazette
Hospitals usually cure physical ailments--and occasionally mend broken hearts. Drs. Kildare (Lew Ayres) and Gillespie (Lionel Barrymore) prove that when they assist Cupid in effecting a reconciliation between an estranged husband and wife. It all happens when a youngster is brought into Blair General hospital for surgery and his separated parents come to visit. This drama is scheduled for the Story of Dr. Kildare broadcast tomorrow afternoon at 2.

52-06-03
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Title Unknown 52-06-03 Wisconsin State Journal - 7:30 p.m.--Dr. Kildare (WISC): gunman meets his match in hospital laboratory.

52-06-10
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Title Unknown 52-06-10 Wisconsin State Journal - 7:30 p.m.--Dr. Kildare (WISC): dinner party for Dr. Gillespie.

52-06-17
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Title Unknown 52-06-17 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Dr. Kildare (WISC): quack gets dose of his own medicine.

52-06-24
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Title Unknown 52-06-24 Wisconsin State Journal
WISC 7:30 Doctor Kildare
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Title Unknown 52-07-01 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Dr. Kildare (WISC): patient is allergic to Sunday papers.

52-07-08
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Title Unknown 52-07-08 Wisconsin State Journal
WISC 7:30 Republican Convention

52-07-08 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Dr. Kildare, With Lew Ayres and Lionel Barrymore

52-07-08 Los Angeles Times
8:30 P.M. KHJ-Dr. Kildare
52-07-15
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Title Unknown 52-07-15 Wisconsin State Journal
WICS 7:30 Doctor Kildare
52-07-22
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Title Unknown 52-07-22 Janesville Daily Gazette
Drs. Gillespie (Lionel Barrymore) and Kildare (Lew Ayres) are worried about justifying the purchase of a new encephalograph for Blair General hospital. Its usefulness is borne out when the apparatus is used to deter a demented man from committing murder. This drama is set for broadcast tomorrow afternoon at 2 on the Story of Dr. Kildare.

52-07-29
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Title Unknown 52-07-29 Wisconsin State Journal - 7:30 p.m.--Dr. Kildare (WISC): visit to child cures cowboy's ailment.

52-08-05
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Title Unknown 2-08-05 Janesville Daily Gazette
RADIO CHATTER
Drs. Kildare, Gillespie Play Cupid, Fix Marriage
By RALPH SCHROEDER
Doctors quite often must go beyond their materia medica texts to find the right prescriptive formula. Such is the dituation facing Dr. Kildare (Lew Ayres) and Dr. Gillespie (Lionel Barrymore) during the Story of Dr. Kildare broadcast tomorrow afternoon at 2. The physicians play Cupid and patch up a marriage. This paves the way for a plastic surgery operation necessary to maintain wedded bliss. Isabell Jewell is to be heard in a featured supporting role on this broadcast.

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Title Unknown 52-08-12 Janesville Daily Gazette
RADIO CHATTER
Hydrophic Hysteria to Prompt Kildare Drama
By RALPH SCHROEDER
"The Story of Dr. Kildare" broadcast tomorrow at 2 p.m. over WCLO deals with a research problem--to find the cause of hydrophobia in a lad who couldn't have it. The adventure starts in the hospital admitting room when Drs. Kildare (Lew Ayres) and Gillespie (Lionel Barrymore) check a youth who is seemingly paralyzed from hydrophobia. Unconvinced of the trueness of these symptoms, however, they do intensive research on the problem--and discover the boy's mother responsible for his psychosomatic ills. How this comes about provides the background for the exciting hospital drama.

52-08-19
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Title Unknown 52-08-19 Janesville Daily Gazette
RADIO CHATTER
Applied Psychology Is Remedy of "Dr. Kildare"
By RALPH SCHROEDER
Applied psychology becomes a medical prescription for Drs. Kildare (Lew Ayres) and Gillespie (Lionel Barrymore) during The Story of Dr. Kildare broadcast tomorrow afternoon at 2. In this instance their patient is a would-be authoress whose recovery from automobile accident injuries is handicapped by lack of faith in her writing abilities. The medicos manage to get one of her manuscripts viewed by a publisher--for a happy ending.
52-08-26
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Title Unknown 52-08-26 Janesville Daily Gazette
RADIO CHATTER
Quarrel Is Background of "Story of Dr. Kildare"
By RALPH SCHROEDER
Drs. Kildare (Lew Ayres) and Gillespie (Lionel Barrymore) cast aside their medical knowledge to act as mediators in patching up the differences of a young married couple. It's the heart-warming story of a reconciliation effected by the medical men during The Story of Dr. Kildare program tomorrow afternoon at 2. Drs. Kildare and Gillespie used the couple's month-old baby as the peacemaker. This program is one of the series of outstanding shows presenting the tops in dramatic talents heard every afternoon, Monday through Friday at this time.

52-09-02
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Title Unknown 52-09-02 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Dr. Kildare (WISC): Dr. Gillespie worries about his young colleague's moving.

52-09-09
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Title Unknown 52-09-09 Janesville Daily Gazette
Dr. Gillespie (Lionel Barrymore) burns the midnight oil to prepare a treatise before the International Scientists Assembly. Eyestrain results and Dr. Kildare prescribes a remedy. Dr. Gillespie, however, believes he is going blind and refuses to heed Dr. Kildare's diagnosis. To bolster his spirits, they persuade Dr. Gillespie to purchase a new outfit for the convention. His paper fails to win honors but--and therein lies the story. The Story of Dr. Kildare is heard over WCLO at 2 every Wednesday afternoon.

52-09-16
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Title Unknown 52-09-16 Janesville Daily Gazette
RADIO CHATTER Subterfuge Is Prescribed as "Dr. Kildare" Remedy By RALPH SCHROEDER There are times when a bit of suberfuge is the proper prescription. One of these occurs during Mutual's "The Story of Dr. Kildare" hospital adventure tomorrow afternoon at 2. A woman with only a few days to live hopes that she can see here expected grandchild before she passes away. Dr. Kildare (Lew Ayres) borrows a baby from the nursery to maintain a happy subterfuge--with surprising results. These stories of Dr. Kildare are a regular Tuesday afternoon program over WCLO.

52-09-23
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Title Unknown 52-09-23 Janesville Daily Gazette
"Get-rich-quick" fever invades Blair General hospital. The only ones to shy away from the gold rush are Drs. Kildare (Lew Ayres) and Gillespie (Lionel Barrymore) who sense that one of the patients, a confidence man, is at work. Their theory proves correct and they save Nurse Parker's life savings. This fun-packed drama is scheduled for the Story of Dr. Kildare tomorrow afternoon at 2.

52-09-23 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Dr. Kildare (WISC):
patient tries confidence game.

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Title Unknown 52-09-30 Brownwood Bulletin
Doctors Respond To Appeal of Child, 9
A nine-year-old child appeals to Drs. Kildare (Lew Ayres) and Gillespite (Lionel Barrymore) for aid. She is sure something is wrong with her because her mother doesn't love her anymore. The popular medical team discover the fault when they talk to the mother--and remedy it. How they do provides the action for KBWD-Mutual's "Story of Dr. Kildare" tonight at 8:30.
52-10-07
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Title Unknown 52-10-07 Wisconsin State Journal - 7:30 p.m.--Story of Dr. Kildare (WISC): physicians stop a killing keep a baby alive.
52-10-14
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Title Unknown 52-10-14 Brownwood Bulletin
A gold prospector from Dead Mule Canyon, California, finds New York's teeming traffic quite hazardous. In Blair General Hospital Drs. Kildare (Lew Ayres) and Gillespie (Lionel Barrymore) perform the surgery necessary to maintain his life. But the prospector needs more. He needs the sweetheart he'd been engaged to 60 years ago. The doctors find her during their KBWD-Mutual "Story of Dr. Kildare" broadcst tonight at 8:30.

52-10-21
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Title Unknown 52-10-21 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Dr. Kildare (WISC): operation saves exiled king.

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WISC 7:30 Senator Humphrey

52-10-28 New York Times
8:00-WOR--Musical Comedy Theatre: Cuban Love Song, With Alfred Drake, Olga San Juan

52-10-28 Los Angeles Times
8:30 P.M. KHJ-Sen. Frank Carlson

52-11-04
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WISC 7:00 Election Returns

52-11-04 New York Times
Election Returns: WNBC, WOR, WJZ, WCBS--8 to Conclusion.

52-11-11
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Title Unknown 52-11-11 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Dr. Kildare (WISC): Dr. Gillespie plays cupid.

52-11-11 Times-Picayune
Lionel Barrymore plays cupid for Lew Ayres romance in a Story of Dr. Kildare broadcast on MBS-WNOE (7:30 p.m.).

52-11-18
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Title Unknown 52-11-18 Brownwood Bulletin
Unusual Twist For Doctors' Vacation Drs. Kildare (Lew Ayres) and Gillespie (Lionel Barrymore) start their vacation at an Arizona resort but soon find themselves on a busman's holiday. Dr. Kildare is called to minister to a farmer's burro but finds himself stricken with acute appendicitis while on his call. Before teh farmer can summon aid, Dr. Kildare, assisted by the farmer's wife, successfully operates on himself. An amusing touch climaxes this drama to be aired by KBWD-Mutual's "Story of Dr. Kildare" program tonight at 8:30.

52-11-25
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Title Unknown 52-11-25 Brownwood Bulletin
Dr. Kildare (Lew Ayres) digressed from his medical knowledge to put a new spark of hope into a disillusioned interne. The young doctor tries too hard and almost loses the opportunity to practice his chosen profession. Dr. Kildare comes to his rescue during KBWD-Mutual's "Story of Dr. Kildare" tonight at 8:30. Dr. Gillespie (Lionel Barrymore) aids Dr. Kildare in his prognosis.

52-11-25 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Dr. Kildare (WISC): young intern tries too hard to be successful.

52-12-02
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Title Unknown 52-12-02 Brownwood Bulletin
Romance in Hospital Nips Swindler's Plan A hospital is a convenient place for an undernourished confidence man to get free food and lodging--until he's well fed and rested again. But romance, in the person of a much over-21 and long-spinstered nurse, puts a cropper to the man's plans. It also provides the amusing misadventures for KBWD-Mutual's "Story of Dr. Kildare" program tonight at 8:30.

52-12-02 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Dr. Kildare (WISC): romance puts crimp in confidence man's plan.

52-12-09
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Title Unknown 52-12-09 Wisconsin State Journal
WISC 7:30 Doctor Kildare

52-12-16
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Title Unknown 52-12-16 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Dr. Kildare (WISC): wealthy patient dies in seven-story fall, doctors trap killer.

52-12-23
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Title Unknown 52-12-23 Wisconsin State Journal
WISC 7:30 Doctor Kildare

52-12-30
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Title Unknown 52-12-30 Wisconsin State Journal
WISC 7:30 Doctor Kildare

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7:30 p.m.--High Adventure (WISC): new series.

53-01-06 New York Times
8:30-WOR--High Adventure







The Story of Dr. Kildare Radio Program Biographies




Lionel Barrymore [Lionel Herbert Blythe]
(Dr. Gillespie)

Stage, Radio, Television and Film Actor; Composer; Director; Author; Fine Artist
(1878-1954)

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

Radiography:
1934 CBS Christmas Party
1935 Shell Chateau
1936 Guest Night At the Green Room (Audition)
1936 Lux Radio Theatre
1937 Good News Of...
1939 Federal Theatre Special Broadcast
1939 Campbell Playhouse
1941 Souther California Symphony Orchestra
1941 Kraft Music Hall
1941 Rudy Vallee Sealtest Show
1941 We Hold These Truths
1941 Shirley Temple Tiime
1942 Cavalcade Of America
1942 Lux Radio Theatre
1942 Mayor Of the Town
1943 Lady Esther Screen Guild Theatre
1943 Mail Call
1943 The Amos 'n' Andy Show
1943 Christmas Eve At the Front
1944 Radio Almanac
1944 Radio Hall Of Fame
1945 One Night Stand
1945 Command Performance
1945 Guest Critic Series
1945 Victory Chest Program
1945 Hallmark Charlotte Greenwood Show
1946 Request Performance
1946 Encore Theatre
1946 Stars In the Afternoon
1946 Concert Hall
1947 March Of Dimes Campaign
1947 Victor Borge Show
1947 Family Theatre
1948 Hallmark Playhouse
1948 America Calling
1948 Wrigley Christmas Party
1948 Sealtest Variety Theater
1949 At Home With Lionel Barrymore
1949 Opportunity U.S.A.
1949 A Christmas Carol (Capehart)
1950 The Story Of Doctor Kildare
1951 The Big Show
1951 Hear It Now
1952 Stars In the Air
1954 Guest Star
1954 Stagestruck
1954 Edgar Bergen Show
1955 Biography In Sound
1957 Recollections At Thirty
MGM Theatre Of the Air
Treasury Star Parade
Lionel Barrymore circa 1921
Lionel Barrymore circa 1921
From the December 17, 1953 edition of the Cedar Rapids Tribune:

Lionel Barrymore in 17th Performance as Dickens' Scrooge

     Lionel Barrymore will offer his 17th radio performance as Ebenezer Scrooge over WMT's "Hallmark Radio Hall of Fame" on Sunday, Dec. 20, at 8 p.rn.  Barrymore will do the full story of Charles Dickens' classic "A Christmas Carol."
     The role of Scrooge has become a Christmas tradition for Lionel, and only once was he unable to go through with a scheduled performance for radio audiences. 
     That was on Christmas 1936.  His wife had died the evening before.  His brother, the late John. Barrymore, volunteered to take his place as Scrooge, without rehearsal.
     On other Sundays, this outstanding radio "series presents dramas based on the lives of well known and lesser-known but unusual heroes of the American past.  Mr. Barrymore is the regular host and narrator for "Hallmark Radio Hall of Fame."
     Lionel, of course, is a distinguished member of America's most illustrious theatrical family.  He made his first professional appearance at the age of 15 with his celebrated grandmother, Mrs. John Drew, on Christmas Day, 1893.
     Brother of the great John and Ethel, "Mr. B." as Lionel is affectionately called by fellow artists, was born in Philadelphia April 28, 1878, the son of Maurice Barrymore and Georgia Drew.
     Shortly after his acting debut, Lionel left to study art in Paris, but returned after a year to join his brother John in a Broadway production of "Peter Ibbetson."
     Barrymore's movie career began in 1909 when he gave a number of rich ,memorable performances for the old Biograph company.  He joined the star roster of MGM in 1926.
     When sound came to the screen, Barrymore turned to directing.  He is credited with a number of technical innovations, among them the distinction of being the first director to use a moving microphone on a sound stage.     He still continued his acting too, and joined the ranks of Academy Award winners for his work in "A Free Soul" opposite Norma Shearer.
     In addition to his artistry in his profession, Lionel Barrymore is talented in other fields.  His etchings rank him among the foremost artists of the day, and his compositions have earned for him sincere praise from the music world.




Lewis Frederick Ayer, III
(Dr. Kildare)

Stage, Radio, Television and Film Actor
(1908-1996)

Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A.

Radiography:
1936 Lessons In Hollywood
1937 Lux Radio Theatre
1939 Good News
1939 Gulf Screen Guild Theatre
1948 The Eternal Light
1949 Guest Star
1949 Hallmark Playhouse
1949 The Way
1949 THe Story Of Dr Kildare
1951 Phliip Morris Playhouse On Broadway
1954 Hallmark Hall Of Fame
1956 The New Edgar Bergen Hour
Whose Time Is Come

Lew Ayres circa 1931
Lew Ayres circa 1931
From the December 31, 1996 edition of the Garden City Telegram:
 
'Dr. Kildare' actor dies
 
     LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Lew Ayres, whose film career covered six decades and weathered the furor of his objection to combat duty in World War II, has died.  He was 88.
     Ayres died Monday after being in a coma for several days, said Diana Ayres, his wife of 31 years.
     During his long career, Ayres played opposite Greta Garbo, starred in the Oscar-winning "All Quiet on the Western Front," and found success portraying Dr. Kildare in the MGM film series.
     Shunned by the studios after he became a conscientious objector during the war, he managed to revive his career and get an Academy Award nomination for "Johnny Belinda."
     Long a student of comparative religion, Ayres produced "Altars of the World," a film on world faiths that won the Golden Globe Award for Best Documentary of 1976.
     "He was a man who had great religious beliefs," Diana Ayres said.  "In spite of all his successes, the proudest moment of his life was when he received an award for his documentary."
     He had two failed marriages to actresses Lola Lane (1931-33) and Ginger Rogers (1934-41).  In 1964, he married British flight attendant Diana Hall.  They had one son, the actor's only child.
     Born Lewis Ayer in Minneapolis in 1908, he studied medicine at the University of Arizona.  The musical life appealed to him more, and while touring with a band in Hollywood in 1928 he was discovered for films.
     Ayres first big role came opposite Garbo in her last silent film, "The Kiss."  He followed that in 1930 with "All Quiet on the Western Front," Lewis Milestone's acclaimed film on World War I.




Richard W. 'Dick' Joy
(Announcer)

Stage, Radio, Television and Film Announcer and Actor
(1915-1991)

Birthplace: Putnam, Connecticut, U.S.A.

Radiography:

1940 Silver Theatre
1940 Forecast
1943 Downbeat
1943 Hello Americans
1944 The Horace Heidt Show
1945 Vox Pop
1945 The Danny Kaye Show
1945 Pabst Blue Ribbon Town
1945 Maxwell House Coffee Time
1946 The Adventures Of Sam Spade
1948 Spotlight Revue
1950 The Story Of Dr Kildare
1953 Touchdown Tips
Here's To Veterans
Personal Album
The Fred Lowery Show (Audition)
Letter to the O.P.A.
Train Time
One Night Stand

Dick Joy at the KNX Mike for CBS, ca. 1946
Dick Joy at the KNX Mike for CBS, ca. 1946






Dick Joy broadcasting for KCMJ, Palm Springs' first Radio station
Dick Joy broadcasting for KCMJ, Palm Springs' first Radio station.






Ozzie Nelson and Harriet Hilliard visit Dick Joy, third from left at Palm Springs' KCMJ
Ozzie Nelson and Harriet Hilliard visit Dick Joy, third from left at Palm Springs' KCMJ.





































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The Massachusetts Turnpike Authority's actual Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagogg-
chaubunagungamaugg sign.



Lovely Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg as it might have appeared during the Sam Spade Radio years
Lovely Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagogg-
chaubunagungamaugg as it might have appeared during the Sam Spade Radio years.

A Connecticut native, beloved local--and national--Radio announcer Richard 'Dick' Joy got his start in Radio by airing some bit announcements and fill for local Los Angeles, California radio stations while attending Journalism School at the University of Southern California. After graduation from U.S.C. he became a staff announcer for the Hearst radio station, KEHE. Joy later became a staff announcer for L.A.'s CBS flagship station, Radio KNX. When Joy joined the CBS Radio network, at 21, he was their youngest staff announcer in history. Within three years, Joy entered active duty during World War II with the U.S. Naval Reserve.

During the War, Joy wrote and broadcast for the Navy's contingent of the Armed Forces Radio Service, recording the intros for Downbeat and 'Hello, Americans', among several other patriotic War effort productions.

Upon returning from the War he partnered in the construction and operation of Radio KCMJ, the voice of Palm Springs, California. Joy remained in Southern California to become the announcer for such long-running programs as Silver Theatre, The Adventures Of Sam Spade, Vox Pop, The Telephone Hour, and the Danny Kaye, Nat King Cole, and Spike Jones shows.

Not just a 'talking head' but rather a serious, full-time journalist, Dick Joy pioneered the use of a running series of 'voice bites' to punctuate and bring normally dull news narratives to life with fast-paced, succinct snippets illustrating news items. He worked with CBS News Producer Barney Miller, to create CBS Sunday Desk, the first news-capsule program to employ such voice and sound 'bites'.

Joy returned to KNX as a newscaster from 1950 - 1956, overlapping that job with work as News Director of the L.A. classical music station KFAC, a position he held from 1951 - 1967.

Dick had made a successful transition to CBS Television in the late 1940s as a reporter for CBS’ You Are There, and later as the announcer for December Bride, Perry Mason, Have Gun—Will Travel, Daktari, Lost in Space, and Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C. The high point of his announcing career was while he worked for CBS Television's legendary Playhouse 90, which brought him in weekly contact with Drama's best, brightest, and most talented for four years.

Throughout those years, he freelanced in Radio and Television, while maintaining his position as News Director at KFAC. Joy spent a total of 35 years in the L.A. area, broadcasting before his retirement in 1969. He ultimately retired to the Medford Oregon area in 1975.

And yet despite this extraordiary career in Commercial and Public Communications, Dick Joy is probably most fondly remembered to this day, as the announcer for the 1940s' The Adventures of Sam Spade . . . Detective. Indeed it was Joy's own punctuation of the word 'Detective' in those weekly broadcasts that so firmly associated Dick Joy with that famous series of Golden Age Radio broadcasts.

One of the most fascinating and enduring anecdotes about Dick Joy's poise and professionalism arouse out of the famous--or infamous--The Indian Caper, or more accurately and authentically titled:

The Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchau-bunagungamaugg Caper

As the story goes, in Massachusetts, there is a town named Webster, located on the shores of Webster Lake. Apparently the actual Nipmuc Indian name of the lake is one of the longest place names in the world. A writer for The Adventures of Sam Spade was determined to work that name into an episode of 'Sam Spade'. The name became the working title for the script that aired September 25, 1949, The Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchau-bunagungamaugg Caper.

Knowing Dick Joy's reputation for being one of Radio's most poised, unflappable, and elecutory professionals, the writers and the crew conspired to play a little practical joke on Joy. Accordingly, when they rehearsed the script, they contrived to keep the title page of the episode out of Dick Joy's copy of the script--until the actual live broadcast was underway.

William Spier directed their first customary commercial break, after which they'd return and announce the 'caper' for the evening. And so as Joy completed his Wildroot Cream Oil plug, the crew handed him the infamous title page to the script, all grinning from ear to ear in anticipation of finally flummoxing the legendary Dick Joy.

He took the page, cleared his throat and seamlessly recited, "And now we return to The Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchau-bunagungamaugg Caper, brought to you by Wildroot Hair Oil."

Letter perfect, no hesitation, no faltering, no flub. Perfect. The crew's joke lay shattered, most of them muttering under their breath, 'How in heck did he manage that!??!"

What none of them could have known, least of all former New Englander William Spier, was that Joy had grown up in none other than Webster, Massachusetts.

Richard W. 'Dick' Joy, 75, veteran Radio and Television announcer died at his home in Talent, Oregon, of complications from liver disease. His legacy lives on through thousands of Radio recordings stamped with Joy's unmistakable, bell-clear, concise baritone narrations. He's remembered--and will continue to be remembered--as one of Radio's most unmistakable voices and one of Radio's most likeable personalities.




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