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Richard Chamberlain On Stage in “The Heiress”

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Richard Chamberlain fans: Dr. Kildare himself will be starring as Dr. Austin Sloper in a production of “The Heiress” starting today at the Pasadena Playhouse. Heather Tom and Julia Duffy star alongside Chamberlain in the show, which runs from April 24 – May 20, 2012.

Here’s a description of the play from the Pasadena Playhouse website:

“Catherine Sloper, who stands to inherit a fortune from her ailing physician father, is a plain-looking young woman living under his malevolent scrutiny, as well as his well-meaning but cold-hearted demeanor. Dr. Sloper disapproves of Catherine’s passionate suitor Morris Townsend, certain that the penniless young man has proposed marriage to win Catherine’s inheritance. Catherine’s too much in love to consider this potential betrayal, and when circumstances lead her to misinterpret Morris’s intentions, THE HEIRESS reaches an unforgettable conclusion that brilliantly supports the richly psychological nuance brought to the preceding romance.”

Chamberlain talks about playing Dr. Kildare in his 2012 Archive interview. Let us know how Dr. Sloper compares!

For more info and to purchase tickets, click here.

Watch Richard Chamberlain’s full Archive interview here.

Dr. Kildare Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary!

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Fifty years ago today, on September 28, 1961, long before McDreamy and McSteamy, the strikingly handsome Dr. Kildare first graced our television sets. Swoon.

One of television’s first medical dramas, alongside ABC’s Ben Casey, Dr. Kildare followed a young intern, Dr. James Kildare (played by Richard Chamberlain) as he learned the tricks of his trade. The program highlighted teachable moments from Kildare’s mentor, Dr. Leonard Gillespie, portrayed by veteran actor Raymond Massey. Executive producer Norman Felton had long hoped to create a medical series, but never intended to make a television show based on the 1930’s and 1940’s MGM films starring the character of Dr. Kildare. Once Felton sold his pilot about a medical intern to NBC, a suggestion trickled down from the network and MGM representatives (where Felton had a production deal) to call the series Dr. Kildare, to lend it an air of familiarity. Chamberlain’s character was dubbed Kildare, and the rest is TV history.

Below, Archive Interviewee Richard Chamberlain discusses the character of Dr. Kildare:

Archive Interviewee Lamont Johnson, who directed several episodes of Dr. Kildare, shares why he was drawn to the medical aspect of the show:

Not that you’d ever want to get sick, but from 1961-1966, if you happened to fall ill, you would have been in good hands with Blair General Hospital’s Drs. Kildare and Gillespie.