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Vigil in the Night (1940)

Approved | | Drama | 9 February 1940 (USA)
Nurse Anne Lee blames herself for a fatal mistake of her sister Lucy, who also is a nurse. Anne loses her job, and gets a new one at a poorly equipped country hospital. There she falls in ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Anne Lee
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Dr. Robert S. Prescott
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Lucy Lee
Julien Mitchell ...
Matthew Bowley
Robert Coote ...
Dr. Caley
Brenda Forbes ...
Nora Dunn
Rita Page ...
Glennie
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Joe Shand
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Matron East
Doris Lloyd ...
Mrs. Martha Bowley
Emily Fitzroy ...
Sister Gilson
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Nurse Anne Lee blames herself for a fatal mistake of her sister Lucy, who also is a nurse. Anne loses her job, and gets a new one at a poorly equipped country hospital. There she falls in love with Dr. Prescott, who is battling with Mr. Bowly, the chairman of the local hospital board, who also makes Anne's life miserable. But then a virulent epidemic begins... Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Angeli della notte  »

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| (Turner library print)

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The production of the movie was held up several weeks when Carole Lombard was admitted to the hospital after suffering a miscarriage. The press dubbed it an 'appendectomy' to cover up. See more »

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The oxygen cylinder contents gauge on the tank that nurse lee brings to the child's bedside shows nearly three-quarters full. This represents a large volume of oxygen. The contents could not go down as fast as is shown here. Even if she took the regulator off and opened the cylinder all the way (which would make an ear-splitting noise) it wouldn't go down that fast. An H tank (which is the size shown in the film) holds 7100 cubic liters of oxygen. Oxygen being given with oxygen mask could not drain the tank shown in that short time. See more »

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Anne Lee: It's not futile Doctor, it's glorious. We work for all. Some live and some die. How often we've seen two people, both with the same disease, come into the hospital. Both with the same power of resistance. There turn in the night, one dies, the other lives. It isn't science. It isn't medicine. We do everything we can for them an it's something more. Who watches and reasons who's to live and who's to die. Its not for us to be bitter and criticize his judgement. We're here to serve and if we do it...
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simply spellbinding
23 October 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was totally mesmerized by the performance of Carole Lombard and Brian Aherne. She was definitely Academy Award material for this movie. The undercurrent of their secret love for one another is very sexually tense. He is taken with her from the very beginning. This movie makes you long for the old time nurses who wore caps and who were so compassionate. You also long for the old time Doctors who were dedicated and not always looking at their watches to make sure you haven't taken more than a Medicare Minute, or that it's getting close to 5pm.

It is definitely spellbinding. Carole handles herself in such a professional manner and and manages to keep her cool in such demanding settings. She plays a good Samaritan for her sister and puts her own career into jeopardy by taking the blame for her student nurse immature sister. She evokes sentiment in women to do what one has to do and not complain about it.For this reason the story in inspirational. It's got nothing of materialism in it, or agendas that aren't uplifting. You feel good about life after watching this wonderful, don't miss, movie. Please make this available to Schools of Nursing.

The Title Vigil in the Night promotes wonderment, because all kinds of things can happen in the night hours. Thanks, MB


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