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Vigil in the Night (1940)

 -  Drama  -  9 February 1940 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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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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The production of the movie was held up several weeks due to Carole Lombard's appendectomy. See more »

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First Matron: And remember Nurse Lee, wherever you go, there is nothing in the world so bad as a bad nurse nor so good as a good one. Remember it all your days.
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Carole Lombard and Peter Cushing
5 May 2014 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

1940's "Vigil in the Night" was a dramatic departure for comedic actress Carole Lombard, in a serious performance that never descends into cliché. Anne Lee (Lombard) is a conscientious nurse dedicated to duty, yet accepts blame for the death of a little boy who perished while her derelict younger sister Lucy (Anne Shirley) was off making tea. Joe Shand (Peter Cushing) is in love with Anne, who refuses his marriage proposal, and finds employment at another hospital, where she hopes her sister will eventually join her once she earns her certificate. Instead, Lucy impulsively marries Joe and moves to London, where they have a falling out, Lucy again finding trouble while Anne loyally stands by her. Brian Aherne is fine as a doctor who falls for Anne, and special mention must go to Ethel Griffies' eccentric performance as head matron. This was only Peter Cushing's third feature, and while his six minutes on screen are on par with the other films he made in those two years in Hollywood, he shares the screen with Lombard in all four, and earned some critical notice as well, one reviewer even comparing him to Spencer Tracy.


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