7.2/10
677
12 user 6 critic

Sister Kenny (1946)

Approved | | Biography, Drama | 10 October 1946 (USA)
An Australian nurse discovers an effective new treatment for infantile paralysis, but experiences great difficulty in convincing doctors of the validity of her claims.

Director:

Writers:

(screen play), (screen play) | 3 more credits »
Reviews
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Sisters Ruth and Eileen Sherwood move from Ohio to New York in the hopes of building their careers. Ruth wants to get a job as a writer, while Eileen hopes to succeed on the stage. The two ... See full summary »

Director: Alexander Hall
Stars: Rosalind Russell, Brian Aherne, Janet Blair
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Eugene O'Neill's updated version of the Orestaia. In New England, after the American Civil War, a war-weary Agamem--er, Ezra Mannon comes home to his unhappy wife (Christine) and loving ... See full summary »

Director: Dudley Nichols
Stars: Rosalind Russell, Michael Redgrave, Raymond Massey
Madame Curie (1943)
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Despite himself, accomplished physicist and avowed bachelor Pierre Curie falls for brilliant student Marie, and together they embark on the discovery of radium.

Directors: Mervyn LeRoy, Albert Lewin
Stars: Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Henry Travers
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

An unwed mother, forced to give up her child to avoid scandal, follows her son's life from afar even as she prospers in business.

Director: Mitchell Leisen
Stars: Olivia de Havilland, John Lund, Mary Anderson
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An orphaned young boy is guided by his great-grandfather and strives to go to university to become a doctor. However, the boy's harsh grandfather stands in his way.

Director: Victor Saville
Stars: Charles Coburn, Tom Drake, Beverly Tyler
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Broadway star Valerie Stanton, breaking up with her producer-lover Gordon Dunning, unintentionally kills him. In flashback, she recalls meeting new flame Michael Morrell, and Dunning's ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Gage
Stars: Rosalind Russell, Leo Genn, Claire Trevor
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

This movie shows the idealized career of the singer Al Jolson, a little Jewish boy who goes against the will of his father in order to be in showbiz. He becomes a star, falls in love with a... See full summary »

Director: Alfred E. Green
Stars: Larry Parks, Evelyn Keyes, William Demarest
Drama | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

An opportunistic Texas gambler and the exiled Creole daughter of an aristocratic family join forces to achieve justice from the society that has ostracized them.

Director: Sam Wood
Stars: Gary Cooper, Ingrid Bergman, Flora Robson
Wilson (1944)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A chronicle of the political career of US President Woodrow Wilson.

Director: Henry King
Stars: Alexander Knox, Charles Coburn, Geraldine Fitzgerald
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

An aged teacher and former headmaster of a boarding school recalls his career and his personal life over the decades.

Directors: Sam Wood, Sidney Franklin
Stars: Robert Donat, Greer Garson, Terry Kilburn
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Mary Rafferty comes from a poor family of steel mill workers in 19th Century Pittsburgh. Her family objects when she goes to work as a maid for the wealthy Scott family which controls the ... See full summary »

Director: Tay Garnett
Stars: Greer Garson, Gregory Peck, Donald Crisp
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

True story of the doctor who considered it was not immoral to search for a drug that would cure syphillis.

Director: William Dieterle
Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Ruth Gordon, Otto Kruger
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
Dr. McDonnell
...
Kevin Connors
...
Dr. Brack
...
Mary Kenny
...
Michael Kenny
...
Medical Director
Doreen McCann ...
Dorrie
Fay Helm ...
Mrs. McIntyre
...
Mr. McIntyre
Dorothy Peterson ...
Agnes
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
...
Undetermined Minor Role (scenes deleted)
Teddy Infuhr ...
Boy (scenes deleted)
Edit

Storyline

Elizabeth Kenny, as a young nurse out in the Australian bush discovers an effective treatment for polio, but can't get official recognition or sanction for her techniques and theories. For more than three decades (while she tells her fiancée she can't marry him, and repeatedly confronts the pigheaded orthopedic specialist Dr. Brack), she is prevented from treating acute cases and is ridiculed, while she seeks formal recognition for the efficacy of her treatment. Written by Kathy Li

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A woman made for love . . . but whose service to humanity became her destiny!

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

10 October 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amor sublime  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The Wikipedia article on Elizabeth Kenny lists notable individuals who had been polio patients of Sister Kenny. Among those listed are Alan Alda, Dinah Shore and "Rosalind Russell's nephew." It is known that Rosalind Russell had campaigned long to portray Sister Kenny in film. Her nephew's treatment may have been a factor in that interest. See more »

Goofs

Whilst addressing a forum of doctors, Sister Kenny is asked whether she remembers the final paragraph of the oath she took to become a registered nurse, and she recounts that paragraph. The real Sister Kenny received no formal nursing training and was not a registered nurse. She enlisted as a nurse in the army in WW1 backed by a letter from a doctor stating she had experience working in a bush hospital and was given the title Sister by the army. See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Birthday to You
(1893) (uncredited)
Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
Sung by children to Rosalind Russell
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
well done and not overly sentimental
19 July 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This film is about a real-life nurse named "Sister Kenny" who came from the Australian Outback and made a name for herself in the early days of Polio treatment. The only problem with the film is that they made it look like her way of treating patients through body massages and hands on treatment was super effective. While it WAS a significant improvement over the care received by doctors at the time, preventative vaccines and the elimination of the disease would not occur until later. However, what the film shows so well is the fight she experienced from conservative doctors unwilling to try new methods--especially ones espoused by a lowly nurse! The film also excels because it does not give in to sentimentality like so many schmaltzy biopics from the 30s and 40s. An excellent and easy to enjoy film.


20 of 21 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Inspiring Movie... Blondfashionisto
Alan Alda a patient Drewy
Discuss Sister Kenny (1946) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?