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Night Nurse
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Director:
Writers:
Grace Perkins (from the novel by)
Oliver H.P. Garrett (screenplay)
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Release Date:
8 August 1931 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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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Tough Stanwyck Drama See more (38 total) »

Cast

  (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. 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)
 
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Runtime:
72 min
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Certification:
Canada:14A (Manitoba/Ontario) (DVD) | Canada:PG (Nova Scotia) (DVD) | Canada:G (Quebec) (DVD) | USA:TV-G | USA:Not Rated

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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 »
Quotes:
Maloney:[Seeing Lora in a nurse's uniform] Gee, you look like an ad for Sloane's Liniment.See more »
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Soundtrack:
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50 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
Tough Stanwyck Drama, 9 February 2004
Author: Ron Oliver (revilorest@juno.com) from Forest Ranch, CA

The young NIGHT NURSE watching two sick little girls finds herself pitted against a gang of heartless criminals.

Barbara Stanwyck is a standout in this taut little film. Independent, resourceful and tough as nails, she pits herself against the bullying authority she encounters in the hospital and the absolute evil she must confront at the bizarre private home where she is sent to work. An intelligent & spirited actress, it was roles such as this which would hasten Stanwyck into becoming one of the biggest film stars of the 1930's.

A fine cast gives Stanwyck ample support. Ben Lyon plays the free spirited bootlegger who takes a shine to Barbara. Brassy Joan Blondell portrays her worldly wise roommate. Charles Winninger brightens his few scenes as a cherubic doctor, as does Edward Nugent as a flirtatious intern. Vera Lewis is properly implacable as the stern head nurse and Blanche Frederici adds a note of strangeness as a distraught housekeeper. Not yet a star, Clark Gable is very effective as a menacing chauffeur.

Movie mavens will recognize Willie Fung as a Chinese patient & Marcia Mae Jones as the sick child who needs the milk bath--both uncredited.

The Pre-Code status of the film is readily apparent. Stanwyck & Blondell are viewed in their lingerie as often as possible and Stanwyck must suffer some mighty rough handling from various villains in the movie. Capping it all off, Barbara exits the film with her new boyfriend, an unrepentant & unpunished crook involved in everything from thievery to murder, a situation certainly not allowed just a few years later.

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