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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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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. 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)
 
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  • Warner Bros. (present) (as a Warner Bros. Vitaphone Talking Picture)
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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 (DVD Rating)

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Trivia:
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 »
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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:There's only one guy in the world that can do a nurse any good and that's a patient with dough! Just catch one of them with a high fever and a low pulse and make him think you saved his life and you'll be getting somewhere.See more »
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Soundtrack:
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44 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
It Ain't Young Doctor Kildare, 14 January 2007
Author: dougdoepke from Claremont, USA

Gritty depression era flick, showing why Warner Bros. was the studio of record. It's tough broads here that get the leads. There's Stanwyck (before her teeth were fixed) and Blondell (gum-popping her way through the Nurse's Oath), both trying to survive grabby interns, unscrupulous doctors, murderous families, and no money. No, this isn't Young Doctor Kildare. Just compare Night Nurse with that sappy 1940's series for insight into what the Production Code did to social realism. Here nurses break the law, doctors violate their oath, and unless you go along, you don't work. Not exactly the professional AMA image. Sure, it's contrived melodrama. But there are elements of the real world here that would disappear from the screen for 35 years, courtesy the PC. Also included are gamey one-liners, mild strip scenes, and a really sardonic look at motherhood, along with a very scary Clark Gable. For a brief period from around 1930-34, Hollywood operated with the lid off, pressed by audiences with no work, no money and no prospects. Movies like NN reflect that reality, which was, of course, too unvarnished to survive. So catch up with this neglected period when you can, especially if the movie's from Warner Bros., like this little gem.

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