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Night Nurse (1931)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 8 August 1931 (USA)
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
Dr. Bell
Edward J. Nugent ...
Eagan (as Edward Nugent)
Miss Dillon
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 <col@imdb.com>

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

8 August 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

En natsygeplejerskes oplevelser  »

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$260,000 (estimated)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The traffic accident gag at the end is actually the same stunt shown twice, with only the soundtrack altered. 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 »


Maloney: Take my tip and stay away from interns. They're like cancer... the disease is known but not the cure.
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Featured in Indie Sex: Censored (2007) See more »


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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It Ain't Young Doctor Kildare
14 January 2007 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Gritty depression era flick, showing why Warner Bros. was the studio of record. It's tough broads here that get the leads. There's Stanwyck (before her teeth were fixed) and Blondell (gum-popping her way through the Nurse's Oath), both trying to survive grabby interns, unscrupulous doctors, murderous families, and no money. No, this isn't Young Doctor Kildare. Just compare Night Nurse with that sappy 1940's series for insight into what the Production Code did to social realism. Here nurses break the law, doctors violate their oath, and unless you go along, you don't work. Not exactly the professional AMA image. Sure, it's contrived melodrama. But there are elements of the real world here that would disappear from the screen for 35 years, courtesy the PC. Also included are gamey one-liners, mild strip scenes, and a really sardonic look at motherhood, along with a very scary Clark Gable. For a brief period from around 1930-34, Hollywood operated with the lid off, pressed by audiences with no work, no money and no prospects. Movies like NN reflect that reality, which was, of course, too unvarnished to survive. So catch up with this neglected period when you can, especially if the movie's from Warner Bros., like this little gem.

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