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Mon Jan 3, 2022, 03:27 AM

Does Anyone Remember TV's "Ben Casey" or "Dr. Kildare" ?

I have season one Dr. Kildare on DVD but haven't seen an episode of Ben Casey in at least 50 years. I wish some cable TV station would re run them like, ME TV or Cosi or Antenna. I think Ben Casey was on Monday and Kildare was Thursdays. NBC and ABC. This was 60 years ago.






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Reply Does Anyone Remember TV's "Ben Casey" or "Dr. Kildare" ? (Original post)
pressbox69 Jan 2022 OP
elleng Jan 2022 #1
True Blue American Jan 2022 #2
ShazzieB Jan 2022 #3
Grumpy Old Guy Jan 2022 #4
Walleye Jan 2022 #15
lillypaddle Jan 2022 #5
NanceGreggs Jan 2022 #6
pressbox69 Jan 2022 #38
iwillalwayswonderwhy Jan 2022 #7
AngryOldDem Jan 2022 #29
Rhiannon12866 Jan 2022 #8
YDogg Jan 2022 #11
Rhiannon12866 Jan 2022 #12
pressbox69 Jan 2022 #39
electric_blue68 Jan 2022 #51
childfreebychoice Jan 2022 #9
argyl Jan 2022 #10
tblue37 Jan 2022 #13
mwooldri Jan 2022 #14
Fla Dem Jan 2022 #16
Laffy Kat Jan 2022 #22
pressbox69 Jan 2022 #40
Fla Dem Jan 2022 #42
sinkingfeeling Jan 2022 #17
DFW Jan 2022 #18
Laffy Kat Jan 2022 #23
AngryOldDem Jan 2022 #30
Laffy Kat Jan 2022 #37
Midnight Writer Jan 2022 #19
Ocelot II Jan 2022 #20
Paladin Jan 2022 #21
Tribetime Jan 2022 #24
Marthe48 Jan 2022 #34
highplainsdem Jan 2022 #25
AngryOldDem Jan 2022 #31
Dial H For Hero Jan 2022 #26
Wicked Blue Jan 2022 #27
Texaswitchy Jan 2022 #28
AngryOldDem Jan 2022 #32
Demovictory9 Jan 2022 #36
Paladin Jan 2022 #44
AngryOldDem Jan 2022 #45
Paladin Jan 2022 #47
Marthe48 Jan 2022 #33
pressbox69 Jan 2022 #41
Marthe48 Jan 2022 #43
pressbox69 Jan 2022 #50
AngryOldDem Jan 2022 #46
Demovictory9 Jan 2022 #35
3catwoman3 Jan 2022 #48
AngryOldDem Jan 2022 #49
Poiuyt Jan 2022 #52
electric_blue68 Jan 2022 #53

Response to pressbox69 (Original post)

Mon Jan 3, 2022, 03:42 AM

1. Sure do!

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Response to elleng (Reply #1)

Mon Jan 3, 2022, 03:53 AM

2. I liked Ben Casey.

Seldom watched Dr. Kildare.

I actually found Burns and Allen while channel surfing.

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Response to pressbox69 (Original post)

Mon Jan 3, 2022, 03:54 AM

3. I loved both of those shows!

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Response to pressbox69 (Original post)

Mon Jan 3, 2022, 04:14 AM

4. I watched them both.

I remember how surprised I was to learn that Betty Ackerman was married to Sam Jaffe. He seemed so much older than she was.

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Reply #4)

Mon Jan 3, 2022, 07:16 AM

15. Fun fact. I didn't know

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Response to pressbox69 (Original post)

Mon Jan 3, 2022, 04:38 AM

5. Yes, I watched both as well

Dr. Kildare was so hot!

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Response to pressbox69 (Original post)

Mon Jan 3, 2022, 04:42 AM

6. My cousin Jeanne and I ...

... were best friends growing up. But when she showed me her new back-to-school Dr. Kildare binder and I showed her my Ben Casey binder - well, we almost split up for good.

The only thing that rekindled our mutual trust in each other was when we both bought Beatles binders the next school year.

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Response to NanceGreggs (Reply #6)

Tue Jan 4, 2022, 04:07 AM

38. Like the Beatles song says

We Can Work It Out.

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Response to pressbox69 (Original post)

Mon Jan 3, 2022, 04:44 AM

7. I loved Marcus Welby M.D.

I also loved Emergency! and had a crush on Randolph Mantooth.

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Response to iwillalwayswonderwhy (Reply #7)

Mon Jan 3, 2022, 06:31 PM

29. Same here.

Used to watch Medical Center, too, on reruns in the summer. Doc Welby and his sidekick Steve Kiley always struck me as being more wholesome and trustworthy than playboy Joe Gannon.

Watched Energency! as well. Thought it was high drama. There was always that major crisis for the last 15 minutes of the show — car over a cliff, building on fire with explosives inside…😁

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Response to pressbox69 (Original post)

Mon Jan 3, 2022, 04:56 AM

8. I don't know if I ever watched the shows, but I remember my cousin had a Ben Casey shirt.

With the symbols - Man, Woman, Birth, Death, Infinity. I can't believe I remember that!

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #8)

Mon Jan 3, 2022, 05:32 AM

11. Are you certain it didn't say ...

Person. Woman. Man. Camera. TV.

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Response to YDogg (Reply #11)

Mon Jan 3, 2022, 05:43 AM

12. Well, this was in the '60s - but you have to know that I thought of that, too!

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #8)

Tue Jan 4, 2022, 04:15 AM

39. Cool.

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #8)

Thu Jan 6, 2022, 01:15 AM

51. Bwah! I thought of them too. I think the one that I really remembered was...

Infinity, but I knew it was the last in a sequence on the chalkboard! 😄

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Response to pressbox69 (Original post)

Mon Jan 3, 2022, 04:56 AM

9. I loved those shows, plus the nurses

I think those shows influenced me to become nurse, then doc.

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Response to pressbox69 (Original post)

Mon Jan 3, 2022, 05:07 AM

10. Yep. I remember them both. Back when surgeons ruled supreme in TV land.

And, of course, they're highly trained professionals today but back then if you had some life threatening disease only a surgeon would do.

And now, medical research is more likely to end many diseases.

But on shows like Dr.Kildare,Ben Casey, and Medical Center they almost always seemed to have someone on the surgeon's table undergoing a long, difficult procedure.

Not to denigrate surgeons. If you've been in some horrible accident, been in a traffic accident, or shot it's still a surgeon who will save your life, if possible. And heart trouble or cancers that haven't gotten too out of control.

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Response to pressbox69 (Original post)

Mon Jan 3, 2022, 05:44 AM

13. I do.

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Response to pressbox69 (Original post)

Mon Jan 3, 2022, 06:11 AM

14. May I offer "Emergency Ward 10"?

A lot of episodes didn't survive. It ran for 10 years; Lew Grade (chief of ATV) said cancelling the show was his biggest mistake in his career.

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Response to pressbox69 (Original post)

Mon Jan 3, 2022, 09:23 AM

16. Of Course. Was a big Kildare fan, not so much Ben Casey,

His brooding demeanor was a turnoff for me. Vince Edwards who played Ben Casey, died of pancreatic cancer at 67. Richard Chamberlin is still a very active actor at 76.

Interesting both shows ran from 1961 - 1966

Ben Casey October 2, 1961 – March 21, 1966
Dr Kildare September 28, 1961 –August 30, 1966

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Response to Fla Dem (Reply #16)

Mon Jan 3, 2022, 01:56 PM

22. Same here.

I was around 10 when they went off the air, but my tween crush was Kildare.

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Response to Fla Dem (Reply #16)

Tue Jan 4, 2022, 04:24 AM

40. My Mom

Had a big crush on Ben Casey. She seemed to like the dark brooding type. I asked her why she was lukewarm about Kildare and she said he was too pretty.

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Response to pressbox69 (Reply #40)

Tue Jan 4, 2022, 10:23 AM

42. LOL, "Too pretty"! He did have that aura about him.

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Response to pressbox69 (Original post)

Mon Jan 3, 2022, 10:15 AM

17. Remember both.

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Response to pressbox69 (Original post)

Mon Jan 3, 2022, 10:21 AM

18. I remember Dr. Killjoy and Ben Casehistory

They were the MAD satires, which I remember better than the originals.

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Response to DFW (Reply #18)

Mon Jan 3, 2022, 01:58 PM

23. Don't forget Mad's Marcus Welby, M.D. parody:

"Make-us Sickbe" or something like that. I still remember so many Mad parodies.

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Response to Laffy Kat (Reply #23)

Mon Jan 3, 2022, 06:35 PM

30. I still remember a Mad song parody about doctors.

Set to They Call the Wind Mariah: “The doctors say/I’m well today/And yet I still perspire/I tell the nurse/I’m feeling worse/And yet my bill gets higher…”

Mad was the best.

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Response to AngryOldDem (Reply #30)

Mon Jan 3, 2022, 08:27 PM

37. LOL. Yes, it was.

I wish I had all of my old copies. They'd be a blast to go back through now.

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Response to pressbox69 (Original post)

Mon Jan 3, 2022, 11:00 AM

19. "Calling Dr. Kildare!"

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Response to pressbox69 (Original post)

Mon Jan 3, 2022, 11:11 AM

20. Of course! I watched both avidly - and had a huge crush on Richard Chamberlain,

like a lot of girls my age. By the time he came out, which was much later, I had long since outgrown my crush but I was still surprised. He had been a pretty hot leading man in movies and tv in the '70s.

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Response to pressbox69 (Original post)

Mon Jan 3, 2022, 01:41 PM

21. My family and I never missed those shows.

We were partial to Ben Casey.

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Response to pressbox69 (Original post)

Mon Jan 3, 2022, 04:15 PM

24. I remember Ben Crazy....Houlihan and Big Chuck

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Response to Tribetime (Reply #24)

Mon Jan 3, 2022, 06:54 PM

34. I remember this lol

I watched Hoolihan and Big Chuck every weekend. lol

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Response to pressbox69 (Original post)

Mon Jan 3, 2022, 04:16 PM

25. Remember they were on the air. Never watched. Hate doctor/hospital shows.

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Response to highplainsdem (Reply #25)

Mon Jan 3, 2022, 06:37 PM

31. I watched them as a kid, which probably explains my hypochondria.

Brain tumors were popular storylines, as I recall.

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Response to pressbox69 (Original post)

Mon Jan 3, 2022, 04:32 PM

26. I occasionally listen to the Dr. Kildare radio program on satellite radio.

 

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Response to pressbox69 (Original post)

Mon Jan 3, 2022, 05:14 PM

27. Hell yes! I was in 6th grade and madly in love with both doctors

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Response to pressbox69 (Original post)

Mon Jan 3, 2022, 05:37 PM

28. I do.

There was older male Dr. with strange hair.

Dr. Ben had black hair and a attitude from what I remember.



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Response to Texaswitchy (Reply #28)

Mon Jan 3, 2022, 06:38 PM

32. Dr. Zorba, played by Sam Jaffe.

Man looked like he was 100.

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Response to AngryOldDem (Reply #32)

Mon Jan 3, 2022, 08:24 PM

36. this guy..he was about 70

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Response to Texaswitchy (Reply #28)

Tue Jan 4, 2022, 12:51 PM

44. Sam Jaffe had a long, distinguished film career.

If you want to see his talent at full force, check out "The Asphalt Jungle," where he portrays a brilliant jewel thief, brought down by a lecherous nature. (Everybody ought to see "The Asphalt Jungle," regardless. One of the great crime films ever made.)

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Response to Paladin (Reply #44)

Tue Jan 4, 2022, 01:11 PM

45. Yep.

More fun facts — Lived to be 93, and was married to Bettye Ackerman, who played Casey’s nurse (and maybe love interest, not sure).

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Response to AngryOldDem (Reply #45)

Tue Jan 4, 2022, 01:48 PM

47. Yeah, I vaguely remember Bettye Ackerman in the cast. Now that you mention her. (nt)

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Response to pressbox69 (Original post)

Mon Jan 3, 2022, 06:52 PM

33. We were too young to watch it

I remember the show coming on, especially Ben Casey, with the infinity sign and the voiceover. But my parents thought both shows were too adult for us kids, so off to bed we went.

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Response to Marthe48 (Reply #33)

Tue Jan 4, 2022, 05:03 AM

41. My Parents

would let me watch anything so long as I didn't get nightmares. I still remember being angry because my favorite Friday night TV show, The Line Up, was replaced by The Twilight Zone. Was even more angry a short time later when Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop replaced my beloved Buffalo Bob and Howdy Doody. I cried more than Clarabell the clown did when that last episode ended. I wonder how many kids remember watching both The Twilight Zone and Howdy Doody, before they started school. One of the few Ben Casey episodes I sort of remember was with Stanley Addams who played a comic. Sam Jaffe (Dr. Zorba) played Albert Einstein professor types in two movies, Gentleman's Agreement and The Day the Earth Stood Still. Was Oscar nominated for The Asphalt Jungle. Played the High Lama in Lost Horizon. Title role in Gunga Din and played Ben Hur's faithful friend.

Thank you everyone for all your wonderful responses. I really thought this post would go largely ignored.

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Response to pressbox69 (Reply #41)

Tue Jan 4, 2022, 11:29 AM

43. My older siblings wanted Howdy Doody

My younger brother and I wanted to watch Capt. Kangaroo. I was always happy if I could sneak in a few minutes of CK, but my sister especially would change the channel when she came into the room. My mom eventually let each of us have a week, in rotation. We got to choose shows during our week. That worked well, because you can bet we tracked the weeks better than any other part of our schedule! She also suggested that if we left a chair, we yelled saved, so we didn't fight over that either. With 5 kids in the house, anything to keep the peace.

Most of the time, we liked the same shows. I remember I liked The Monkees more than Gilligan's Island, but my older brother would watch GI on his week. Gleefully.

We all liked Soupy Sales, and I can remember my brothers and me laughing through his shows.

It is fun to think of some good times from back in the day.

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Response to Marthe48 (Reply #43)

Wed Jan 5, 2022, 03:27 AM

50. I loved

John Barry's score for Goldfinger 1964. I think the music for the Fort Knox gassing is great. It was only recently that I was reminded that the first time I heard it was in a sketch on the Soupy Sales show called Philo Kvetch. I didn't see Goldfinger until years after it's release.


Do you remember the time Soupy had some of the Ratpack on?


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Response to Marthe48 (Reply #33)

Tue Jan 4, 2022, 01:12 PM

46. It was on afternoon reruns when I was a kid.

I remember watching it while doing homework.

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Response to pressbox69 (Original post)

Mon Jan 3, 2022, 08:21 PM

35. yep

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Response to pressbox69 (Original post)

Tue Jan 4, 2022, 07:06 PM

48. I think almost every episode of Ben Casey had him...

…somberly uttering the dreaded diagnosis “subdural hematoma.”

When I first observed surgery as a nursing student, I remember being quite shocked that the atmosphere in the OR was not nearly so silent and serious as it was on the medical shows. There was music playing, and the doctors and nurses chatted and told jokes.

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Response to 3catwoman3 (Reply #48)

Tue Jan 4, 2022, 08:02 PM

49. LOL

That man never cracked a smile.

And as for medical cliches, almost every episode of Emergency! worked in “Ringers lactate”.

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Response to pressbox69 (Original post)

Thu Jan 6, 2022, 01:30 AM

52. I remeber that opening for Ben Casey

I think Mad Magazine did a takeoff on that at the time.

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Response to pressbox69 (Original post)

Thu Jan 6, 2022, 01:31 AM

53. We (family) watched both. I don't remember which but one lead into a serious discussion...

from my parents. The episode was pertinent in some way.

I found out I'd had an unidenticle twin who died a few hours after being born. We were preemies at ?27, 28 weeks back in '53 - I arriving first.. It was startling at the time.

The crazy thing 15+ years later was going to get my state non-drivers ID. I went to get my birth certificate.
My parents had basically switch around our first and middle names to name us.

The birth cert had my twins name, not mine. It freaked the hell outta me for a few weeks. I had to, and my dad helped me to get the documents I needed to prove that
"I" was I. It got properly changed, but woooah!

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