This medical drama told the stories of Dr. James Kildare, who starts the series as an intern under the tutelage of Dr. Leonard Gillespie. Kildare starts by ignoring his mentor's advice that "doctors keep patients alive, they don't tell them how to live." The series repeats this pattern throughout subsequent episodes, introducing character stories beside the medical drama. It is responsible for launching Richard Chamberlain's career.
The character of Kildare started in a series of films in the 1930's and 40's (and was eventually written out in favor of the mentor character Gillespie). He also appeared in a radio serial and eventually a short lived comic book series.
With the help and emotional support, Dr. Kildare helps a severly neglected older woman, Doris Manning, give birth to her first child.
Cocky medical student, Mark Hadley cracks under the pressure of treating forest-fire victims.
Carolyn Jones plays the part of a girl born with an big, odd shaped nose and who is used to being teased and made fun of. Kildare dates her and convinces her to have plastic surgery to remedy the problem. She goes ahead and has the surgery. Later on she cannot get accustomed to having a normal looking face, tries to kill herself and Kildare feels responsible. C. Jones has spent so many years with her imperfection that she cannot get used to the fact that she is normal looking, she was used to making light of herself and so on.......as a defense mechanism. Super good episode.
Jack Carter plays an arrogant, sarcastic, smooth operating T.V. talk show host. His young son is hurt in an accident, Kildare shows up with the ambulance, the boy later dies , Carter blames Kildare and belittles him on the T.V. show. Finally Gillespe goes on the show and defends Kildare using Carters own words, thus making him eat every word he said and he apologizes for all. As tough as Carter thinks he is, Gillespe eats him up for lunch on the show. Decent episode, very predictable though.
A comedian with a bone tumor refuses to face a possible amputation.
Twin sisters one good and one bad, the good sister needs a kidney to save her life and the bad refuses to donate one to her.
A brother is worried about his mentally retarded brother, Julius and who will take care of him after he is gone.