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3 Men in White (1944)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 15 March 1945 (Mexico)
At Blair Hospital, physician Dr. Leonard Gillespie must choose an assistant from among his two brightest interns, Dr. Randall 'Red' Adams and Dr. Lee Wong How.


Willis Goldbeck


Harry Ruskin (original screenplay), Martin Berkeley (original screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview:
Lionel Barrymore ... Dr. Leonard B. Gillespie
Van Johnson ... Dr. Randall Adams
Marilyn Maxwell ... Ruth Edley
Keye Luke ... Dr. Lee Wong How
Ava Gardner ... Jean Brown
Alma Kruger ... Molly Bird
Rags Ragland ... Hobart Genet
Nell Craig ... Nurse 'Nosey' Parker
Walter Kingsford ... Dr. Walter Carew
George Reed ... Conover (as George H. Reed)
Celia Travers Celia Travers ... Nurse Slidell


Gillespie has to finally choose his official assistant, or Red and Lee are going to kill themselves in competition. So, it's another diagnosis competition. Lee's assignment is a small girl who falls ill whenever she eats candy. Red has to cure a girl's mother of a debilitating case of arthritis. But when Red needs Lee's help, will either one live with Gillespie's choice? Written by Kathy Li

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DR. GILLESPIE BRINGS YOU NEW THRILLS! (print ad - Lubbock Morning Avalanche - Lyric Theatre - Lubbock, Texas - November 1, 1944 - all caps) See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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This film received its initial television showing in Chicago Wednesday 19 June 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2); it first aired in Miami 30 June 1957 on WCKT (Channel 7), in Philadelphia 5 August 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Tucson 4 November 1957 on KVOA (Channel 4), in New York City 11 October 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Nashville 27 October 1957 on WLAC (Channel 5), in Los Angeles 7 November 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), in Hartford CT 14 January 1958 on WHCT (Channel 18), in Norfolk VA 11 February 1958 on WTAR (Channel 3), and in San Francisco 12 June 1958 on KGO (Channel 7). It finally found its way to Seattle 17 April 1959 on KING (Channel 5), and to Minneapolis 22 June 1959 on KMSP (Channel 9). See more »


Dr. Randall 'Red' Ames: In checking you out last night, it became pretty obvious you had yourself a pretty nice time.
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Follows The People vs. Dr. Kildare (1941) See more »

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Barrymore, Johnson, and Luke still at Blair General
24 April 2006 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

This is a rather annoying entry into the series. With Dr. Kildare persona non grata at MGM after Lew Ayres became a conscientious objector, the franchise now belongs to irascible Dr. Gillespie (Lionel Barrymore). Barrymore was a wonderful actor, but these were B movies slapped together probably in days, and it shows. This particular film had Barrymore overplaying to the balcony at the top of his lungs. Van Johnson and Keye Luke are cute as the energetic interns vying to be his assistant (again) and each taking on a difficult case. Johnson, of course, also has to deal with a woman. This time, it's pretty Marilyn Maxwell.

The chief interest in seeing this film is for an early appearance by Ava Gardner as Jean Brown. She is flawlessly beautiful as a young woman caring for her arthritis-stricken mother.

I liked the Dr. Kildare series with Lew Ayres and Laraine Day much more, I have to confess.

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Release Date:

15 March 1945 (Mexico) See more »

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Three Men in White See more »


Box Office


$450,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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