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William A. Wellman
When Nurse Maloney is talking with Mrs. Maxwell and waiting to be relieved, she spends no less than one minute and 55 seconds putting on a single glove and adjusting its fit. Obsessive and nervous behavior is inconsistent with the confident nature of the character. Perhaps the actress or the director felt she needed to be doing something with her hands. 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 »
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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