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The White Angel (1936)

Approved | | Biography, Drama | 4 July 1936 (USA)
A look at the life of Florence Nightingale.

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Reporter Fuller of the London Times
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Charles Cooper
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Dr. West
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Dr. Hunt
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Dr. Scott
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Tommy 'Tom', the Drummer Boy
Charles Croker-King ...
Mr. Nightingale
Phoebe Foster ...
Mrs. Elizabeth Herbert
George Curzon ...
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Mrs. Nightingale
Ara Gerald ...
Ella Stephens
Halliwell Hobbes ...
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Sister Colomba (Sister Colombo in Credits)
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Mr. Bullock, Under Secretary of War
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A look at the life of Florence Nightingale.

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Much disagreement to the origin of the source material exists. Some contemporary sources believed the source was Lytton Strachey's 1918 biographical essay in "Eminent Victorians". Others contend Michael Jacoby was the author. Warner Bros. executive Hal B. Wallis contended that the life of Florence Nightingale was in the public domain, and that screenwriter Mordaunt Shairp did his own research. The MPAA agreed with Wallis; no source credit was necessary. See more »

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When Florence is receiving the news on the steps of the hospital of the sinking of the French transport, the shadow of the boom microphone moves onto then quickly off her left sleeve. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Auld Lang Syne
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Traditional
Lyrics by Robert Burns
Incorporated into the score at the new year
Sung by the crowd celebrating the new year
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Inspiring but also amazingly hokey
28 September 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Kay Francis was cast as Florence Nightingale and the film shows Florence from the time just before she dedicated her life to nursing to just after her return from the Crimean War. Francis' acting and that of most of the supporting actors was good--the dialog and details left a bit to be desired.

Hollywood sure loved bio-pics in the 30s and 40s and churned out gobs of them. The problem, though, is that while many were very entertaining, they also played rather fast and loose with the facts as well as had very, very high "schmaltz" levels on many occasions. In other words, the celebrities being portrayed were very often over-idealized and seemed more like living saints than 3-dimensional heroes. While Florence Nightingale was an absolutely amazing woman and deserved to have a film made about her, all too often the film degenerated into idol worship. My favorite over-the-top moment was when Flo entered the dilapidated hospital and the man ran screaming "water!!!"--what an amazingly unsubtle moment! While the general facts in the film are correct, the way they were realized on screen, at times, made me laugh. This is really a shame, as the real story of this woman should be good enough! As for me, I'd like to see a more realistic and less predictable treatment of her long life.


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