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Grace Perkins (from the novel by)
Oliver H.P. Garrett (screenplay)
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Release Date:
8 August 1931 (USA) See more »
A nurse enlists the help of a petty criminal to foil a sinister plot to murder two children. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Barbara Stanwyck ... Lora Hart

Ben Lyon ... Mortie

Joan Blondell ... Maloney

Clark Gable ... 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. Milton Ranger

Walter McGrail ... The Drunk
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Allen ... Party Guest (uncredited)
James Bradbury Jr. ... Wounded Prisoner (uncredited)
Jim Farley ... Policeman (uncredited)
Willie Fung ... Hospital Patient (uncredited)
Betty Jane Graham ... Desney Ritchey (uncredited)
Marcia Mae Jones ... Nanny Ritchey (uncredited)

Allan Lane ... Intern (uncredited)
Betty May ... Nurse Bryan (uncredited)
Bob Perry ... Mortie's Pal (uncredited)
Jed Prouty ... Archie - Father-to-Be (uncredited)
Lucille Ward ... Woman Wanting Screen for Son's Bed (uncredited)

Directed by
William A. Wellman 
Writing credits
Grace Perkins (from the novel by) (as Dora Macy)

Oliver H.P. Garrett (screenplay)

Charles Kenyon (additional dialogue)

Cinematography by
Barney McGill (photography)
Film Editing by
Edward M. McDermott (edited by) (as Edw. M. McDermott)
Art Direction by
Max Parker 
Costume Design by
Earl Luick (gowns)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frank Shaw .... assistant director (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Owen Crompton .... key grip (uncredited)
Harry Davis .... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
Kenneth Green .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Aaron Hower .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Leo Hughes .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Claude Hutchinson .... gaffer (uncredited)
Bobby Robinson .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Homer Van Pelt .... still photographer (uncredited)
William P. Whitley .... camera operator (uncredited)
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... conductor: Vitaphone orchestra
Other crew
Harry Martin .... technical director (as Dr. Harry Martin)
Hanlin .... production assistant (uncredited)
Hegarty .... production assistant (uncredited)
Sorenson .... production assistant (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (present) (as a Warner Bros. Vitaphone Talking Picture)
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72 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Canada:14A (Manitoba/Ontario) (DVD) | Canada:PG (Nova Scotia) (DVD) | Canada:G (Quebec) (DVD) | USA:TV-G | USA:Not Rated (DVD Rating)

Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: 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 »
Lora Hart:Who are you?
Nick, the Chauffeur:I'm Nick... the chauffeur.
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29 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
why this is the best film ever (especially if you are a pediatric night nurse), 8 November 1998
Author: mucifer

"Night Nurse" is my favorite film , in a big way sister! This movie contains humor on various levels. Barbara Stanwyck and Joan Blondell are 2 tough broads who can hold their own against the evil Doctor Granger and even "Nick The Chauffeur" played by Clark Gable. It does help to be an actual pediatric night nurse to understand this movie to its full potential. The camp is both intentional and unintentional. The movie has a rebel flair with the nurses mouthing off to authority and even befriending a bootlegger (who is one of the heroes of the film).The movie is pre-code so it's pretty spicy for the 30's . You can even see Barbara and Joan in their skivvies.The medical lingo is very amusing. Barbara Stanwyck's character has "blood type 4h" and they got some very pudgy little kids to play the starving children. I own the video and have passed it along to co-workers who are also pediatric night nurses and it has become a cult favorite amongst my collegues.

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