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Nurse Marjorie (1920)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Comedy  |  4 April 1920 (USA)
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Lady Marjorie Donegal becomes a nurse in hospital, much to the dismay of her aristocratic family. She falls in love with one of her patients, a commoner labor leader.


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Credited cast:
Arthur Hoyt ...
Anthony, Duke of Donegal
Vera Lewis ...
Duchess of Donegal
Frank Leigh ...
Lord Douglas Fitztrevor
Clyde Fillmore ...
John Danbury
Frankie Lee ...
Dick Allen
George Periolat ...
Andrew Danbury
Mollie McConnell ...
Mrs. Danbury
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Al Flosso ...
Punch Worker


Lady Marjorie Donegal becomes a nurse in hospital, much to the dismay of her aristocratic family. She falls in love with one of her patients, a commoner labor leader. Written by Jim Beaver <>

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4 April 1920 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La jolie infirmière  »

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The play "Nurse Marjorie" by Israel Zangwill first opened on Broadway at the Liberty Theatre on October 3rd, 1906, and ran for 49 performances. The production was staged by Charles Cartwright and the cast included William Hackett, Ernest Mainwaring, Eleanor Robson Belmont, Hassard Short and H.B. Warner. See more »

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Entertaining Romantic Comedy
16 July 2003 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

Mary Miles Minter plays a beautiful, aristocratic Irish nurse, whose stuffy relatives disapprove of her career choice. When not taking care of patients at the local hospital she is romping around on her parents' estate on her horse, and lecturing her maid on the pitfalls of falling in love with the butler.

Young Nurse Marjorie is chosen to be the recovery nurse for a popular Labor Leader in the British Parliament, played by Clyde Fillmore. Clyde's character John has an eye operation to correct a squint. Before being anesthetized he sees a hideous nurse who looks like a transvestite staring down at him. He asks his doctor: "Is that my nurse?" and when the answer is affirmative John shudders and turns away.

After the operation John's eyes are bandaged for several days, and he can't see that the hospital has switched nurses on him: the transvestite nurse has been replaced with beautiful Nurse Marjorie. She quickly realizes his misunderstanding, and with her Irish sense of humor intact, teases John and intentionally does not reveal her identity. When the bandages are removed John sees this lovely vision in the mirror and decides immediately that his recuperation time should be prolonged, so he fakes more illness to be able to stay in the hospital to be near Marjorie.

All ends happily, despite an attack on John's life by a mad gunman, and the film proceeds with comic and romantic touches which are very entertaining. The class system in the UK is also depicted in this film, but the moral of the story is that true love can transcend pre-conceived notions about someone's rank and status in society. "I've been cured of my moral squint," says the happy politician at the conclusion of the film. (Lots of politicians around today with the same squint!)

Director William Desmond Taylor portrayed Mary Miles Minter in this film as a pure vision of loveliness. It was obvious he must have had strong feelings for her at the time.

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