Night Nurse (1931)

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



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Complete credited cast:
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
The Drunk


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 <>

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8 August 1931 (USA)  »

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En natsygeplejerskes oplevelser  »

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In an earlier draft of the script, intern Eagan planted the skeleton in a baby carriage, not Lora's bed. The startled Laura dropped the baby she was holding, with tragic results. Eagan admitted to his guilt and was fired from the hospital. However, the sequence was changed to the one which is now appears in the film. See more »


During the surgery scene, all the doctors, nurses, and observers are wearing face masks but only their mouths are covered. Their noses are sticking out above the masks. There is no point in wearing a surgical mask if the nostrils are exposed. See more »


Lora Hart: I'll call the doctor.
Nick, the Chauffeur: Listen, you'll do what I tell you.
Lora Hart: What are you trying to do? What he did?
Nick, the Chauffeur: No, but you're not gonna call a doctor. You're a nurse, you give her the works yourself.
Lora Hart: I can't, except under doctor's orders.
Nick, the Chauffeur: Oh, yes you can, and what's more, you will.
[Nick squeezes her wrist tightly]
Lora Hart: I can't very well with a broken wrist.
[Lora picks up the phone]
Lora Hart: Operator, operator, get me a doctor quick!
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Onward, Christian Soldiers
(1871) (uncredited)
Music from "St. Gertrude" by Arthur Sullivan
Played on organ during the nurses' graduation ceremony
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A-hem !
15 January 2002 | by (Maine, USA) – See all my reviews

Great pre-code flick, full of violence, bootleggers, and language.

Stanwyck and gum snapping Joan Blondell are the only characters in this film with any redeeming qualities. Despite the deception and illegality that permeates the plot, only Stanwyck entertains the idea of going to the authorities.

Great secondary cast, especially biddy head nurse Vera Lewis ("A-HEM!), house servant Blanche Frederici ("can't we give her a milk bath, it saved my sisters baby!), boozy mother Charlotte Merriam ("I'm a dipsomaniac and I LIKE IT!")

One scene that reminded me how much I like Stanwyck is when Gable tosses her across the room and into the wall. Most actresses would want a double, not Stanwyck, she hits the wall hard. For that alone, you have to love her.

Melodramatic to be sure, it's still a fun movie

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