GenreDrama Music directorDavid Snell CountryUnited States
Release date28 March 1945 WriterMax Brand (characters), Harry Ruskin CastVan Johnson (Dr. Randall "Red" Adams), Lionel Barrymore (Dr. Leonard Gillespie), Gloria DeHaven (Edna), Keenan Wynn (Tobey), Keye Luke (Dr. Lee), Marie Blake (Sally) Similar moviesThe Sixth Sense, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Marnie, Notting Hill, Born on the Fourth of July, The Man from Earth
TaglineWhen Van Johnston kisses... it's something to remember!
Between two women
Between Two Women, made in 1945, was the sixteenth film in the Dr Kildare series. This was the fourteenth of fifteen in which Lionel Barrymore starred as Dr. Leonard B. Gillespie. The film following was Dark Delusion (1947), which was the last in the Dr. Kildare series released by MGM. This was the last of Van Johnson's character, Dr. Randall 'Red' Adams, also seen in three previous Kildare films.
This episode in the series should have been called Between Three Women, because there are plot strands involving three, not two, women. Dr. Gillespie's (Lionel Barrymore) assistant, Dr. Red Adams (Van Johnson), is still fending off the romantic advances of beautiful blond socialite and social worker Ruth Edley (Marilyn Maxwell), who finally succeeds in winning Red's heart. The second woman is a pretty night club singer Edna (Gloria DeHaven), who collapses suddenly one night after a show and cannot understand why she is no longer able to eat. Red finds out that a complicated subconscious obsession is the cause. The third woman is Sally (Marie Blake), the reliable and wise-cracking switchboard operator in all of the episodes. Sally is stricken with Bright's Disease and refuses to let anyone besides Red operate on her ailing kidney. Things turn out well for Red and all three women.
There are some scenes in the singer's night club that draw inspiration from the country's immersion in the Second World War. As part of a "home front" money raising contest to help the war effort, Ruth bids extravagant amounts of money for the chance to kiss Red in public.
(Allmovie.com's synopsis of the movie has Red romantically involved with ailing socialite Cynthia Grace (Lucille Bremer), who supposedly suffers from a life-threatening blood clot, but this is the plot for Dark Delusion)
Van Johnson as Dr. Randall 'Red' Adams
Lionel Barrymore as Dr. Leonard B. Gillespie
Marilyn Maxwell as Ruth Edley
Gloria DeHaven as Edna
Keenan Wynn as Tobey
Keye Luke as Dr. Lee Wong How aka Dr. Lee
Alma Kruger as Nurse Molly Byrd
Walter Kingsford as Dr. Walter Carew
Marie Blake as Sally
Nell Craig as Nurse 'Nosey' Parker
Shirley Patterson as Nurse Thorsen
Edna Holland as Nurse Morgan
Lorraine Miller as Marion
Eddie Acuff as Orderly
According to MGM records the movie was the most popular in the series yet, due in part to the rising popularity of Van Johnson - it earned $1,896,000 in the US and Canada and $386,000 elsewhere, making a profit of $1,184,000, a remarkable figure for a "B" picture.