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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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Eagan (as Edward Nugent)
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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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En natsygeplejerskes oplevelser  »

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$260,000 (estimated)
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Ben Lyon and wife Bebe Daniels leased William A. Wellman and his wife a house that they occupied during the course of shooting. See more »

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When Lora holds up the thank you note from Mortie, the position of her hands completely changes between the closeup of the note and the shot of Lora holding it. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Ritchey: Don't be sore big boy. Where are you going?
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Referenced in Consolation Marriage (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

Onward, Christian Soldiers
(1871) (uncredited)
Music from "St. Gertrude" by Arthur Sullivan
Played on organ during the nurses' graduation ceremony
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Tough, quick melodrama
31 May 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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