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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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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

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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)
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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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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:
James Cagney was originally supposed to play Nick, but when The Public Enemy (1931) became a big hit, it was decided that he should no longer be relegated to supporting roles, allowing the relatively unknown Clark Gable to step in instead.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Lora first sees the two children, one of them faints and falls from her bed onto the floor. The next shot ends with Lora lifting her up and placing her on the bed with the child's feet towards the wall. In the next shot, the child has turned 180 degrees, with her head towards the wall.See more »
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Mrs. Ritchey:Don't be sore big boy. Where are you going?See more »
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16 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Medical Ethics, 31 August 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

One of Barbara Stanwyck's best early starring films is Night Nurse which essentially is two separate stories.

The first is young Barbara in training to be a nurse and teaming up with Joan Blondell, another would be nurse, in a typical Joan Blondell role. Stanwyck is a bit more dedicated to the profession, but she learns from Blondell how to take a more realistic attitude.

The second part of the film concerns Stanwyck being assigned as a private night nurse to some kids who are being slowly starved to death. Something is really wrong when you see malnourished kids in a purportedly wealthy home. Stanwyck suspects something amiss and she's quite right. The doctor Ralf Harolde and the chauffeur Clark Gable are in cahoots in a murderous scheme.

Stanwyck puts her own career on the line to bring some justice and compassion to her charges. In doing so she has to step on some medical toes and question the ethics of who she's working for.

Clark Gable was loaned out from MGM to play the murderous chauffeur and if he hadn't been discovered as a new kind of tough leading man, he would have had a grand career as a character actor playing all kinds of thugs who slug. And slug Stanwyck he does, right on the kisser.

Stanwyck gets some help from breezy bootlegger Ben Lyon who would soon be leaving for the UK with his wife Bebe Daniels where he would have his best success. Earlier in the film Stanwyck kind of winks at the rules where Lyon is concerned and she makes a friend who comes in real handy when dealing with Gable and Harolde.

Lyon is fine, but this seemed to be a part James Cagney would have been perfect for. And Cagney going up against Gable would really have made this a classic.

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