Dr. Hudson's Secret Journal

Dr. Hudson's Secret Journal is an American medical drama which aired in syndication from 1955 to 1957. It was based on a 1939 book of the same name by Lloyd C. Douglas, that was a prequel to his Magnificent Obsession.[1] A total of 78 episodes were produced.

Dr. Hudson's Secret Journal
Series title sequence
GenreMedical drama
Directed byPeter Godfrey
Harry R. Sherman
StarringJohn Howard
Jack Kelly
Olive Blakeney
Cheryl Callaway
Frances Mercer
Theme music composerIgor Stravinsky
Opening themeInfernal Dance from "The Firebird"
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes78
Producer(s)Brewster Morgan
Eugene Solow
Running time2224 minutes
Original networkSyndication
Picture formatBlack-and-white
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseNovember 5, 1955 (1955-11-05) 
November 1, 1957 (1957-11-01)

In 1955 a nationwide competition was held in TV Guide to find a young actor to play Dr. Hudson's protégé, Tim Watson, for several episodes. those entering had to submit a photo and recording in which they read emotional dialogue. The winner was a young actor named Joe Walker.[2]


  • John Howard as Dr. Wayne Hudson
  • Cheryl Callaway as Kathy Hudson
  • Olive Blakeney as Mrs. Grady
  • Frances Mercer as Nurse Ann Talbot
  • Jack Kelly as Dr. Bennett


  1. Douglas, Lloyd C. (1939). Doctor Hudson's Secret Journal. Houghton Mifflin. Retrieved 22 July 2017.
  2. The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 317. ISBN 0-345-45542-8.

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