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
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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 »
When Lora first sees the two children, one of them faints and falls from her bed onto the floor. The next shot ends with Lora lifting her up and placing her on the bed with the child's feet towards the wall. In the next shot, the child has turned 180 degrees, with her head towards the wall. See more »
[into the phone]
Operator! Operator! Operator!
[Nick hangs up the phone and knocks her unconcious]
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Barbara Stanwyck plays a night nurse at a very strange household where some children may be in serious danger.
Strong pre-Code film has (for 1931) strong dialogue, Stanwyck and Joan Blondell in their underwear, alcoholism, nymphomania, attempted rape, child abuse and Clark Gable (without his mustache) slugging Stanwyck unconscious.
The plot is kind of silly but the film moves so quickly (72 minutes) that you sort of disregard it. There are also some nice directorial touches from William Wellman. The whole cast is great: Stanwyck is just superb in the title role--smart, strong and has no fear--she almost manages to stare Gable down in one of their fights. Gable is incredible as the bad guy--violent, brutal and very scary. There's great support from Blondell as Stanwyck's best friend and Ben Lyon as a bootlegger with the hots for her.
A really great film--don't miss this one!
Two of the many great lines: "I'm a nymphomaniac...and I'm proud of it!" "You MOTHER!"
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