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Night Nurse (1931)

 -  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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Ben Lyon ...
Mortie
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Maloney
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Nick
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. Ranger
Walter McGrail ...
The Drunk
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Storyline

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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Also Known As:

En natsygeplejerskes oplevelser  »

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James Cagney was originally supposed to play Nick, but when The Public Enemy (1931) became a big hit, it was decided that he should no longer be relegated to supporting roles, allowing the relatively unknown Clark Gable to step in instead. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Lora Hart: [to Dr. Bell] Oh, ethics... ethics... ethics! That's all I've heard. Isn't there any ethics about letting poor little babies be murdered?
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Featured in When the Talkies Were Young (1955) See more »

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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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Stanwyck Stands Out in a Pre-Code Murder Plot Melodrama with a Sinister Gable
5 March 2008 | by (San Francisco, CA, USA) – See all my reviews

This tense 1931 melodrama stars a very young Barbara Stanwyck in the title role as Lora Hart assigned to take care of the two young daughters in a wealthy family. However, she uncovers a plot hatched by their alcoholic mother to kill the girls in order to steal their trust funds with the assistance of a nasty chauffeur and a corrupt doctor. Directed by William Wellman, the movie features several risqué moments with Stanwyck and pal Joan Blondell dressing and undressing in their uniforms, as well as moments of unexpected violence. Again, Clark Gable shows up in a sinister role as the chauffeur and slaps Stanwyck around with convincing malevolence. While I prefer her work in 1933's "Baby Face" on Volume One, no one shined more than Stanwyck in these pre-code films since her non-nonsense manner was a perfect fit for the era's candor and directness.


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