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A Child Is Born (1939)

 -  Drama  -  6 January 1940 (USA)
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A maternity ward, staffed by sympathetic nurses, serves mothers-to-be from all walks of life. These include a happy mother of a large family; a secretly-married teenager who thinks their ... See full summary »

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Jeffrey Lynn ...
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Florette
Gale Page ...
Miss Bowers
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Mrs. West
Johnnie Davis ...
Ringer Banks
Henry O'Neill ...
Dr. Lee
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Dr. Brett
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Mrs. Kempner
Johnny Downs ...
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Miss Pinty
Fay Helm ...
The Woman
Louis Jean Heydt ...
Mr. Kempner
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Gladys Norton (as Nanette Fabares)
Jean Sharon ...
Mrs. Banks
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A maternity ward, staffed by sympathetic nurses, serves mothers-to-be from all walks of life. These include a happy mother of a large family; a secretly-married teenager who thinks their parents won't approve of either their children's marriage or baby; a woman who is trying for a living child despite a history of stillbirths; a showgirl who doesn't want a child, and who is shocked to find she is having twins; and a convicted murderess whose husband is forced to choose between saving her or the baby. Written by afsnowbird

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6 January 1940 (USA)  »

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Quando a Vida Começa  »

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The film was rejected in Ireland, New Zealand and British Columbia because it might have created fear in expectant mothers. Scenes of expectant mothers experiencing labor pains, as well as scenes of actual or suggested childbirth were purposely omitted. In fact none of the expectant mothers even looked pregnant. See more »

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Version of Life Begins (1932) See more »

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My Melancholy Baby
(1911) (uncredited)
Music by Ernie Burnett
Lyrics by George A. Norton
Sung a cappella by Gladys George
Reprised by her when she gets to hold her baby
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Fine Remake
28 August 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Nice tearjerker with a good cast centers on a hospital maternity ward and the various expectant mothers there. Among the moms-to-be are Geraldine Fitzgerald, Gladys George, Gloria Holden, and Spring Byington. Gale Page holds it all together as the sympathetic head nurse. Rest of the cast includes Jeffrey Lynn, Eve Arden, John Litel, and Johnnie Davis. This is a remake of a great Pre-Code film called Life Begins, which starred Loretta Young. That film was grittier and less glossy than this one. Frankly, I like it more although this one is certainly enjoyable. I recommend checking them both out to see two different approaches to the same material.


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