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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
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
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Sister Gilson
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Storyline

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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9 February 1940 (USA)  »

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Angeli della notte  »

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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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Lucy Lee: Isn't it wonderful?
Anne Lee: Lucy and Joe married. I-I can't believe it.
Joe Shand: Well, you better, Anne. We've got the proof.
Anne Lee: Well, what about your certificate, Lucy?
Lucy Lee: Oh, yes, I still have it. I don't expect to use it, though. Still, it will look nice hanging on the wall of our home. Something to show people that I once was a nurse.
Anne Lee: Well, I'm very happy because you're so happy. I-I know you'll be a good wife, dear, and Joe, I know you'll be a good husband. My blessings to you both.
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Lombard was a great actress, period
10 December 2004 | by (Tampa, Florida) – See all my reviews

Too many people commenting on this film about Carole Lombard not being funny in this movie. She proves in "Vigil in the Night" that she could deliver an impressive dramatic performance, and a good deal of it is without dialogue. This is not surprising since she started in the silent film era; it's also not surprising to anyone who saw her in "Made For Each Other" either. She was as fine an actress as Katharine Hepburn & Bette Davis; one can only wonder what other good performances she would have give had she survived the plane crash that took her in 1944. Sharp-eyed viewers must also note the actress who plays Matron was brilliant as the pompous ornithologist in the cafe scene of "The Birds", twenty years after "Vigil" came out.


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