Healthcare was in the news this week. Growing up in the 1960s, the nation was obsessed with two doctors. Were you a fan of Dr. Casey or Dr. Kildare?
In San Francisco in the 1960s, we had hospitals named St. Joseph’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital and Mt. Zion Hospital to name a few. Now, St. Joseph’s is a condominium complex, Children’s Hospital is a part of California Pacific Medical Center and Mt. Zion is called UCSF Mt. Zion Medical Center.
But the controversy about who was more popular, Dr. Ben Casey or Dr. James Kildare, continues. Both TV shows ran from 1961 to 1966.
Here is the opening theme song for Casey:
And here is an opening sequence for Kildare:
Vince Edwards played Dr. Ben Casey and went on to make some movies. He was also a singer. Here he is in a rare interview on the “Mike Douglas Show” and he sings a song.
Richard Chamberlain played Dr. Kildare. Here is a clip from a program called “What’s My Line?” where Chamberlain and his co-star, Raymond Massey, tried to stump the panel.
Vince Edwards died in 1996 at age 67. Richard Chamberlain is 83 years old and still makes public appearances. You can find his schedule on his Web site – http://www.richardchamberlain.net.