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The White Angel (1936)

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



(screenplay), (poem)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Reporter Fuller of the London Times
Charles Cooper
Dr. West
Dr. Hunt
Dr. Scott
Tommy 'Tom', the Drummer Boy
Charles Croker-King ...
Mr. Nightingale
Phoebe Foster ...
Mrs. Elizabeth Herbert
George Curzon ...
Mrs. Nightingale
Ara Gerald ...
Ella Stephens
Halliwell Hobbes ...
Eily Malyon ...
Sister Colomba (Sister Colombo in Credits)
Mr. Bullock, Under Secretary of War


A look at the life of Florence Nightingale.

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Biography | Drama






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4 July 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Anjo de Piedade  »

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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 »


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 »


Version of The Lady with a Lamp (1951) See more »


Auld Lang Syne
Lyrics by Robert Burns
Incorporated into the score at the new year
Sung by the crowd celebrating the new year
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9 November 2013 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Kay Francis stars in this biopic of Florence Nightingale. I love old Hollywood biopics. They get a lot of flack today by certain types for embellishing some facts of these people's lives. Seems to me biopics today have even worse flaws. Instead of embellishing positively they embellish negatively. In other words, instead of focusing on inspiring uplifting strengths and virtues they focus on the faults and vices of historical figures. To each their own but personally I will take the rousing biographical films from back then over the salacious and often slanderous ones of the modern era.

Rant aside, this is not the strongest biopic but it is a decent one. Kay Francis works against type quite well. She's helped by an amazing supporting cast. To name a few: Donald Crisp, Nigel Bruce, Donald Woods, Henry O'Neill, Ian Hunter, Halliwell Hobbes -- they all give first rate support.

Overall it's an entertaining film. I recommend it to people who are interested In the story of Florence Nightingale and anybody who enjoys Golden Age of Hollywood biographical dramas.

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