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Vigil in the Night (1940)

Approved  |   |  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 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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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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Thoroughly absorbing
20 October 1999 | by See all my reviews

It is indeed surprising to see Carol Lombard in a serious dramatic role, and it shows us the range of her talents. We thus mourn her early demise all the more deeply.

Maltin is correct in that good acting and direction here save a potentially sentimental script from descending into bathos. In fact, the explosiveley dramatic start undergirds the whole story and gives it an impetus that keeps us involved throughout. The movie wears its age well, and is well worth seeing.


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