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Night Nurse (1931)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 8 August 1931 (USA)
A nurse enlists the help of a petty criminal to foil a sinister plot to murder two children.

Director:

William A. Wellman

Writers:

Grace Perkins (from the novel by) (as Dora Macy), Oliver H.P. Garrett (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Barbara Stanwyck ... Lora Hart
Ben Lyon ... Mortie
Joan Blondell ... Maloney
Clark Gable ... Nick
Blanche Friderici ... Mrs. Maxwell (as Blanche Frederici)
Charlotte Merriam ... Mrs. Ritchey
Charles Winninger ... Dr. Bell
Edward J. Nugent ... Eagan (as Edward Nugent)
Vera Lewis ... Miss Dillon
Ralf Harolde ... Dr. Milton Ranger
Walter McGrail ... The Drunk
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Storyline

Lora Hart manages to land a job in a hospital as a trainee nurse. Upon completion of her training she goes to work as a night nurse for two small children who seem to be very sick, but something much more sinister is going on. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Cantonese

Release Date:

8 August 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

En natsygeplejerskes oplevelser See more »

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Budget:

$260,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

James Cagney was originally supposed to play Nick, but when The Public Enemy (1931) became a big hit, it was decided that he should no longer be relegated to supporting roles, allowing the relatively unknown Clark Gable to step in instead. See more »

Goofs

After Lora Hart is introduced to Maloney and the two leave Miss Dillon's office, they pass the two interns in the hallway. When the interns turn to watch them go by around the corner off-screen, the shadow of the boom mike can be seen at the top left corner. See more »

Quotes

Lora Hart: Who are you?
Nick, the Chauffeur: I'm Nick... the chauffeur.
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Soundtracks

Dancing with the Daffodils
(1931) (uncredited)
Music by Jack Little
Played when Lora aids Mrs. Ritchey and is accosted by Mack
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A Strong Stanwyck as a Young Nurse
11 June 2014 | by atlasmbSee all my reviews

"Night Nurse" is representative of pre-code era films--only slightly risqué by today's standards. It is also representative of the times in the sense that Hollywood seemed to be enamored of the medical profession--both doctors and nurses--during the period, with many such scripts being produced. I think it is due to changing views about medical professionals, instigated by medicine being more science-centered. Audiences probably learned a lot about medical procedures and standards that were somewhat new. This makes such films interesting now from a historic standpoint; and they are interesting as comparisons to today's methods. What we most learn is that standards of care which are en vogue almost always look primitive (and ignorant) by standards only fifty years later.

Joan Blondell and Barbara Stanwyck star in this film about the education, training and practicing of nurses. Stanwyck's character trains in a hospital after no medical education. The girls knock heads with the nurse in charge of their training (and their morals). They deal with the orderlies and physicians who, being male, have a sense of entitlement. Eventually, they get jobs in private care, tending to two young girls who seem neglected.

Clark Gable portrays a belligerent chauffeur with suspect intentions, though his part is a minor one. He plays "sinister" very well, perhaps a clue to his later successes portraying men who are somewhat threatening (like John Garfield).

At one point--as Stanwyck tries to unravel the mystery of the young girls' declining health--the film slows. Otherwise, I found it interesting on many levels. It is fun to see Blondell and Stanwyck as such young women. Even then, Stanwyck commanded the screen with her intensity, when necessary.


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