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War Nurse (1930)

Passed | | Drama, Romance, War | 22 November 1930 (USA)
Women from various backgrounds volunteer as nurses in France at the outbreak of World War I.



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At the outbreak of the World War, American women from all walks of life join a volunteer nursing outfit in France. Some volunteer out of a sense of duty while others travel to France because that's where all the men are. The nurses are surrounded by death and disease and must sacrifice their own comfort and safety in service of the wounded men who need them. The soldiers, so far from home and facing an uncertain future, are desperate for female companionship, but not necessarily the kind of romance the nurses are hoping for. Pretty young Joy hits it off with Robin, a fellow New Yorker, while no-nonsense Barbara tries to fend off the advances of Wally, a cocksure young flier. Joy's wartime romance takes an unexpected turn, with serious consequences, and Barbara reconsiders her romantic notions when Wally is sent on a dangerous mission. Written by Jimmy L.

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Drama | Romance | War







Release Date:

22 November 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Enfermeiras de Guerra  »

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Technical Specs


(Turner library print) | (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Most of Loretta Young's scenes were deleted before release. See more »


Matron: You've done such magnificent work. And that's what makes it so difficult to send you away. But I must.
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When I Saw Sweet Nelly Home
(1859) (uncredited)
Music and Lyric by John Fletcher
Sung a cappella by Robert Ames and Anita Page
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pretty realistic
10 January 2000 | by (Hull, Québec) – See all my reviews

This film tells the tale of a group of young "war nurses". The opening scenes show them drinking and thinking that being a war nurse will be relatively easy. This is especially apparent with the character played by Anita Page. Most of these girls are unprepared and have no idea of what they are about to go through. Soon enough, the harsh realities of war hits them in the face. War Nurse doesn't rank up there with The Big Parade or All Quiet on the Western Front but it does have several points in it's favor. The performances are all good. Anita Page is perfectly cast and she convincingly portrays the wide-eyed, innocent young girl. Helene Jerome Eddy, a popular silent player who also had a long career in talkies, is especially good, as is Marie Prevost. The war atmosphere is well presented. And these nurses are portrayed as valiant, selfless and always ready to do their share. Not a major motion picture but still a pretty good one.

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