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The White Parade (1934)

Approved | | Drama | 16 November 1934 (USA)
The title represents the hopeful, ambitious students at a hospital training school and is primarily a story of the stern discipline and laborious physical and mental toil they endure in ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »

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Ronald Hall III
Dorothy Wilson ...
Zita Scofield
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Gertrude Mack
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Una Mellon
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Lou 'Pudgy' Stebbins
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Miss Watkins
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The title represents the hopeful, ambitious students at a hospital training school and is primarily a story of the stern discipline and laborious physical and mental toil they endure in order to become nurses and join the White Parade. It is told mainly through the character of June Arden who finds romance with Ronald Hall III on the way, with side stories of the other girls who find failure, success, laughs and tears on the way. The forerunner of umpteen dozens of TV series over the past forty years. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Has never been released on home video due to the rough condition of the print. See more »

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I just watched this film at UCLA on January 11th, 2011.
12 January 2011 | by (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) – See all my reviews

"The White Parade" is a film not unlike all medical series set in a hospital that we've seen over the last half-century. Marcus Welby, MD, ER and Scrubs are just some of the shows that relate to this exceedingly rare Oscar Nominee.

The film is set in a medical training hospital, where nurses are rigorously trained for duty in real hospitals. Loretta Young is the main nurse, June Arden; there are several other we follow from inception to graduation.

The film is slow and comical at first but becomes more dramatic near the end. A fine pre-cursor to other medical dramas, with decent performances. The film is short, 80 min, and feels like it could have been longer.

"The White Parade" is indeed an extremely rare film in that the only surviving print resides at the UCLA archive. I watched this film, and, to say the least, it is in very bad shape (this is why it has never been released on home video.) The print is fuzzy and almost bleached out, yet still watchable. Near the end of the film, it inexplicably cuts to an image saying, "disc 7." Fast forward a little and we continue the film to the end.

Several frames are cut and spliced together, and some frames "jump," where we see two different frames on screen at once.

I guess UCLA hasn't had a chance to restore it yet... I'm sure they will someday.

Oscar film buffs, if you ever get a chance to go to UCLA and watch this film, do so!


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