MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 31,299 this week

A Child Is Born (1939)

Approved  |   |  Drama  |  6 January 1940 (USA)
6.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.5/10 from 132 users  
Reviews: 4 user | 1 critic

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 »

Director:

Writers:

(based on the play by) (as Mary McDougal Axelson) , (screen play)
0Check in
0Share...

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 5250 titles
created 29 May 2012
 
a list of 106 titles
created 06 Apr 2013
 
a list of 1152 titles
created 06 Aug 2013
 
list image
a list of 9997 titles
created 26 Nov 2013
 
list image
a list of 212 titles
created 06 Feb 2014
 

Related Items

Search for "A Child Is Born" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: A Child Is Born (1939)

A Child Is Born (1939) on IMDb 6.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of A Child Is Born.

Photos

1 photo »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Out of jail for a crime she did not commit, Madelon turns to prostitution and thievery to send her illegitimate son to medical school.

Director: Edgar Selwyn
Stars: Helen Hayes, Lewis Stone, Neil Hamilton
Night Flight (1933)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Polio breaks out in Rio de Janeiro, the serum is in Santiago and there's only one way to get the medicine where it's desperately needed: flown in by daring pilots who risk the treacherous weather and forbidding peaks of the Andes.

Director: Clarence Brown
Stars: John Barrymore, Helen Hayes, Clark Gable
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Streetwise but kind-hearted Maisie Ravier has put her vaudeville life behind her, but not its associated outward good looks, flash and glamor. Trying to get to New York for a job, she ... See full summary »

Director: Harry Beaumont
Stars: Ann Sothern, Barry Nelson, Mark Daniels
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A tipsy doctor encounters his patient sleepwalking on a building ledge, high above the street.

Director: Hal Roach
Stars: Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis, Roy Brooks
Kid Galahad (1962)
Drama | Musical | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

When he completes his military service Walter Gulick returns to his birthplace, Cream Valley, New York. He was orphaned as an infant and grew up elsewhere but always wanted to return to ... See full summary »

Director: Phil Karlson
Stars: Elvis Presley, Gig Young, Lola Albright
Victim (1961)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A prominent lawyer goes after a blackmailer who threatens gay men with exposure (homosexual acts still being illegal). But he's gay himself...

Director: Basil Dearden
Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Sylvia Syms, Dennis Price
Arrowsmith (1931)
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Based on Sinclair Lewis's novel "Arrowsmith". A medical researcher is sent to a plague outbreak, where he has to decide priorities for the use of a vaccine.

Director: John Ford
Stars: Ronald Colman, Helen Hayes, Richard Bennett
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Released as part of the studio's 20th anniversary celebration, the film shows highlights of MGM's major productions from 1924 through 1943.

Stars: Lewis Stone, Lionel Barrymore
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A young man scores seeking Alaskan gold, comes home to claim his bride. When she snubs him, he falls for the younger sister instead.

Director: Joseph Santley
Stars: Ann Sothern, Burgess Meredith, Mary Boland
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A screwball comedy in the vein of His Girl Friday (1940). Jerry and Connie are ace reporters for rival newspapers. They are engaged to be married, but their employers try every trick in the... See full summary »

Directors: Ben Holmes, Edward Killy
Stars: Gene Raymond, Ann Sothern, Gordon Jones
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Young undefeated boxer Terry Dolan, who's been lying to his invalid mother about his career, confides to Maisie that he hates and is terrified by boxing and wants out. Not wanting to let ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin L. Marin
Stars: Ann Sothern, George Murphy, Robert Sterling
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Maisie becomes attached to a dirt-poor farmer and his family as they try to make ends meet joining hundreds of others digging for gold in a previously panned-out ghost town.

Directors: Edwin L. Marin, J. Walter Ruben, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Ann Sothern, Lee Bowman, Slim Summerville
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Jeffrey Lynn ...
...
Gale Page ...
Miss Bowers
...
Mrs. West
Johnnie Davis ...
Ringer Banks
Henry O'Neill ...
Dr. Lee
...
Dr. Brett
...
Mrs. Kempner
Johnny Downs ...
...
Miss Pinty
Fay Helm ...
The Woman
Louis Jean Heydt ...
Mr. Kempner
...
Gladys Norton (as Nanette Fabares)
Jean Sharon ...
Mrs. Banks
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

6 January 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Quando a Vida Começa  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The play opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 28 March 1932 but closed after only 8 performances. In the cast were Glenda Farrell, Mildred Dunnock and Frank Wilcox. See more »

Connections

Version of Life Begins (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

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
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Get out the handkerchief!

Get ready for an emotional roller coaster! One minute you'll be laughing the next minute the tears will be streaming down your cheeks! This is the story of one hospital's maternity floor and the women who are staying there waiting to have their babies. Geraldine Fitzgerald gives a fine performance as Mrs. Grace Sutton, a young lady, like any other, going to the hospital to have a baby...only she is handcuffed! She has evidently murdered a man (though no explanation is given as to the circumstances)and will likely spend the rest of her life in prison. The stress of being in jail and having a baby is proving to be too much for her. Gloria Holden (star of Dracula's Daughter a few years earlier) plays a woman who is worried about losing her first child. Spring Byington has a field day as a gal who is now popping out her 6th child, and a very young Nanette Fabray is a teenager whose mother doesn't know she is having a baby, or that she is even married! Then there is Gale Page as the oh so professional nurse, and Eve Arden in a rare non-comedic role as another nurse. But the stand-out performances are by Jeffrey Lynn as the tragic husband of the incarcerated mom-to-be and Johnnie Davis as another franticly nervous spouse! These and a few other characters play out this underrated film which, while slightly dated, is sure to wring out the tears in just about everyone! I give it 10 stars!!!


10 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
OK......I'll give it a start! necoleman
Discuss A Child Is Born (1939) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?