Caroline Shelley (Aired March 15, 1950)
Dr. James Kildare was a fictional character, the primary character in a series of American theatrical films in the late 1930s and early 1940s, an early 1950s radio series, a 1960s television series of the same name and a comic book based on the TV show. The character was invented by the author Frederick Schiller Faust (aka Max Brand). The character began in the film series as a medical intern; after becoming a doctor he was mentored by an older physician, Dr. Leonard Gillespie. After the first ten films, the series eliminated the character of Kildare and focused instead on Gillespie. In the summer of 1949, MGM reunited Lew Ayres and Lionel Barrymore to record the radio series, The Story of Dr. Kildare, scripted by Les Crutchfield, Jean Holloway and others. After broadcasts on WMGM New York from February 1, 1950 to August 3, 1951, the series was syndicated to other stations during the 1950s. The supporting cast included Ted Osborne as hospital administrator Dr. Carough, Jane Webb as nurse Mary Lamont and Virginia Gregg as Nurse Parker, labeled "Nosy Parker" by Gillespie, with appearances by William Conrad, Stacy Harris, Jay Novello, Isabel Jewell and Jack Webb.
March 15, 1950. Program #9. MGM syndication. Commercials added locally. Caroline Shelley is a little girl in Blair Hospital with a bad appendix; an operation is needed immediately. Her parents have separated, leaving her a lonely little girl. Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore, Dick Joy (announcer), Walter Schumann (composer, conductor), William P. Rousseau (director), Jean Holloway (writer), Lurene Tuttle, Bea Benaderet, Marlene Ames, Jack Edwards, Max Brand (creator), Raymond Katz (producer). 28:21. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.