Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Clyde’s Classic Television – Dr. Kildare, Dr. Kildare: Dr. Gillespie on line 6.

I hope to start writing more about classic television as time permits.  I have a fairly decent collection of old time TV hits, but not nearly as many as I should have.  I also have some incomplete sets for various reasons that I won’t go into now.  I’m actually working on a brand new spanking movie review, which hopefully won’t take too long.  But I wanted to take time out to mention that a really good classic series is finally available from the Time Warner Archive Store.  I received notice of it in my email.

I’m talking about the
sixties TV series, Dr. Kildare.  I’ve been waiting a while for this one.  Despite the obvious advances in medicine, this series should live on despite that because of the myriad of dramatic conflicts inside Blair General Hospital.  And the guest stars were generally no slouches either, which included several  Academy Award winners. 

Pre Thorn Birds heart throb Richard Chamberlain stared as Kildare. 
Raymond Massey co-starred as chief of staff, Leonard Gillespie, who was always on Kildare’s case.  If you get it, don’t expect season two anytime soon.   Warner really is kind of slow on this old stuff.  Except for Night Court.  For some reason they rushed all those out in a hurry once they made them part of the archive collection.  And Alice too. 

The price is $49.99 which is just ridiculous.  I really need to write about not only the Warner Store, but the whole new burn-on-demand DVD phenomenon.  Yes, it gives us a chance to get some films and TV series we might not get otherwise, but the prices are just nuts.  Yeah, I believe they have a right to make whatever profit they want, but I also know that it keeps me from buying a lot of DVD’s and it’s messing up my collections. 

My advice is to wait for a sale and compare prices.  If you sign up for the Warner Archive newsletter, they’ll let you know when that happens.  That’s why I finally was able to pick up Season Two of Eight is Enough which goes for $49.99 normally.  I still had to wait until their sale and money in my pocket worked in tandem.  Finally happened this week, courtesy of Uncle Sam.

Amazon?  Yeah, you can find some of these there and the shipping is free.  But the prices are usually worse at Amazon on the Warner stuff
then buying direct.   The Eight is Enough complete second season is $53.99 currently at Amazon, and I’ve seen it there as high as sixty.  The first season is only $13.99 with the mighty huge caveat that there are only about seven episodes.  But I’ll throw up a couple of Amazon ads just in case some passer by wants to help me out so I can make my 20 or 30 cents towards a trip to Starbucks. I’m parched.   That hasn’t happened in months.  But we’ll keep plugging away. 

Check out Deep Discount though.  Occasionally they’ll be cheaper especially if the Warner Archive store isn’t having a sale.  I get no commission there either, but I could sign up for their program.  It’s just the ads aren’t as specific and I put too much crap on here already. 

While you’re checking out the Dr. Kildare set, be sure to watch the clip from an episode that co-stars a very famous space traveler.  Wooooo!  That’s his picture on the right, as if you really need me to tell you.  Where have the years gone?  I was going to embed the video clip here but studio executives are pretty much nincompoops when they are promoting their products, even if they are getting that advertisement free of charge.  But check it out anyway.  Don’t bother telling them I sent you because it won’t make a damn bit of difference.

Got to go back to work on that review and my copy of Django on Blu-ray has arrived but I may have to wait until the weekend for that one.  Just one more question before I go.  Where the hell is Dr. Casey?

Update 4/17/2013 7:40 PM:  Thanks to an anonymous  tip, they do enable you to embed their clip via YouTube.  Nice.  Redundant but nice.  Better late than never.  I guess I should explore YouTube more, but you know how my feelings have soured on YouTube clips.

Update:  4/24/2013  1:08 A.M.:  Dr. Kildare is  now available through Amazon.  Use the link at the top of the page.  The downside is that the current pre-order price there is $59, which is ten dollars more than the Warner Price.  You can now order it from
Deep Discount DVD’s for just over $46.  Shipping and handling is free but tax brought it up to $49.99 which is the Warner Price before shipping and handling and taxes.  So I ordered it from Deep Discount.  You can use the link, but you’ll have to do a DVD search once there as the site is currently down and I can’t link directly to the product.  It is now a direct link to the product.


  1. Anonymous2:54 PM

    Embeding is allowed via their youtube page.

    Here: http://www.youtube.com/embed/YZqBy5Q9a74