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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.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »
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Cast

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

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

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Biography | Drama

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10 October 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amor sublime  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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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

While Dr. Brack stands in front of his bookshelves dismissing Elizabeth Kenny's unscientific terms, a cut from medium to long shot has him instantly move half a shelf to his left. See more »

Soundtracks

It's a Long Way to Tipperary
(1912) (uncredited)
Written by Jack Judge and Harry Williams
Sung offscreen by a chorus of men
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And intriguing, if quirky film
24 January 2007 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I like this film, but it's hard to believe that it's set in Australia.

It has a strange idea of what Australia was like in the early 20th century. A bush dance is filled with Scots and Irish folk, and the music is bagpipes?! The accents are mostly British with the exception of the title role, which is played by Rosalind Russell, who has a distinctly American accent. Place names are mispronounced (like "Bris-bane" instead of "Bris-ban" for Brisbane).

And yet, there's a charm to this film. The real Elizabeth Kenny was an outsider who used unorthodox techniques and terminology to treat polio. It didn't cure the condition, but alleviated the symptoms. In the film she resolutely persists in practicing this and opposing the medical establishment, at a cost of her personal life.

Well worth watching.


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