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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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Anne Lee
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Dr. Robert S. Prescott
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Lucy Lee
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Matthew Bowley
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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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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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During the scene where Lombard visits Bowley in his hospital room, Bowley's son's hair part suddenly changes. See more »

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Anne Lee: Come, my Doctor Prescott, there's work for us to do.
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nurse helps doctor overcome medical prejudice
18 June 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

poignant story about ignorance among medical professionals...Carole Lombard is excellent as a conscientious nurse who teams with a local doctor to overcome medical incompetence and prejudice. Her sister, who is also a nurse means well, but complicates matters...Lombard's comedic skills certainly didn't hurt her portrayal, and gave more than the usual depth to a role that could have been one-dimensional...the music is evocative, and it makes the scenes in the children's ward of the hospital especially poignant. The finale, tho corny and reflective of Hollywood mores of that era, is uplifting. Despite a bitter-sweet resolution, it leaves us with an offer of hope for the future.


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