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Life Begins (1932)

 -  Drama  -  10 September 1932 (USA)
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At a maternity hospital, future fathers pace the corridors while their wives wait for their babies either anxiously or happily. Efficient and compassionate nurse Miss Bowers keeps the ward ... See full summary »

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Grace Sutton
Eric Linden ...
Jed Sutton
Aline MacMahon ...
Miss Bowers
Glenda Farrell ...
Florette Darien
Clara Blandick ...
Mrs. West
Preston Foster ...
Dr. Brett
Frank McHugh ...
Ringer Banks
Walter Walker ...
Dr. Tubby
Hale Hamilton ...
Dr. Cramm
Vivienne Osborne ...
Mrs. McGilvary
Dorothy Peterson ...
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At a maternity hospital, future fathers pace the corridors while their wives wait for their babies either anxiously or happily. Efficient and compassionate nurse Miss Bowers keeps the ward running smoothly. Things liven up when Grace Sutton is transferred from the prison where she is being held for murder. Most agree that the man she killed deserved to die, and Nurse Bowers sympathetically allows Grace's concerned husband Jed unlimited time with his wife. On the ward, the women have varied feelings about motherhood. Mrs. West, mother of six children, thinks babies are what give meaning to women's lives. In contrast, Florette, a showgirl, just wants to get rid of her twins as soon as possible. Miss Layton has decided opinions about child rearing and has no intention of being a doting mother. While the women debate their various theories, a woman who wants a baby so much that she has become demented wanders in from another ward. An Italian woman quietly sobs when she learns that her ... Written by Daniel Williams

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Ten Million Women Lived and Loved to Make This Pictures (Print ad) See more »

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10 September 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Give Me a Child  »

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This film was banned in London. See more »

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Version of A Child Is Born (1939) See more »

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Pretty Baby
(1916) (uncredited)
Music by Tony Jackson and Egbert Van Alstyne
Played during the opening credits
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28 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Life Begins (1932)

*** (out of 4)

The ultimate "chic flick" takes place in a maternity ward as various women discuss children, their lives and their hopes for the future. The entire cast including Loretta Young makes this thing worth watching. It's overly dramatic throughout and quite preachy and heavy handled but the charm of the cast makes it worth sitting through. The downbeat ending also packs a nice little punch.

As of now, most of Young's film remain unavailable on DVD so if you want to check her work you'll need to keep your eyes on Turner Classic Movies.


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