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A Child Is Born (1939)

Approved | | Drama | 6 January 1940 (USA)
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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Gladys Norton (as Nanette Fabares)
Jean Sharon ...
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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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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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An Ob/Gyn Grand Hotel
14 March 2005 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

All kinds of ladies are having babies in this maternity ward! Spring Byington, somewhat improbably cast as the happy housewife who pops them out once a year or so. Geraldine Fitzgerald, very touching as a woman brought from prison to have the always appealing Jeffery Lynn's child. She was arrested for killing someone in self-defense but we're never told if she really did or was, as Lynn says, was falsely accused.

I watched this to see that fine and sadly neglected actress Gladys George, who plays a vaudevillian who doesn't want to mess up her career with a baby. Unfortunately, though she's good, the role is a little clichéd and it is not a sympathetic character.

I find the allusion to the birth of Jesus peculiar. The title of this movie is often used in religious texts and in carols. Surely whoever gave the movie this title was aware of this.


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