Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Dr. Kildare - "Jail Ward" (1963)

Franciscus plays police detective Stan Fisher, who wants cop-killer Ed Carson (Henry Silva) tried and convicted as quickly as possible. But Dr. Kildare (Richard Chamberlain) insists that Carson be treated for acute anemia. Fisher tries to goes over Kildare's head to ask his superior, Dr. Gillespie, for help.

Franciscus was the "Dr. Kildare" producers' first choice for the role of Kildare, but he couldn't take the part because of prior contractual obligations. Other actors considered for the role were William Shatner and Robert Redford - and all three men made guest appearances on the show.

James Franciscus with Richard Chamberlain, around the time of Dr. Kildare


Ben Casey - "So Oft It Chances in Particular Men" (1962)

Franciscus plays John Wickware, an accident victim who suffers an unexplained mental collapse. Dr. Ben Casey (Vince Edwards) must defer to a psychiatrist for the patient's treatment.