Wednesday, 11 July 2012

1961, Television: Dr. Kildare

Dr. Kildare, an NBC medical drama television series, premièred on September 27, 1961. It was broadcast until April 5, 1966, with a total of 190 episodes in five seasons. The show was an instant success and helped spark a number of new medical shows.

Dr. James Kildare is a fictional character created by the author Frederick Schiller Faust, under the pen name Max Brand.

The series told the story of a young intern, Dr. James Kildare (Richard Chamberlain), working in a fictional large metropolitan hospital (Blair General) while 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).
Raymond Massey & Richard Chamberlain

  • Golden Globe for Best TV Star – Male: Richard Chamberlain (1963)
  • Eddie (American Cinema Editors, USA) for Best Edited Television Program: Harry V. Knapp (1964)
Lois Nettleton, Richard Chamberlain & Raymond Massey

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