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Sister Kenny (1946)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Elizabeth Kenny
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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
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James Burke ...
Undetermined Minor Role (scenes deleted)
Karolyn Grimes ...
Carolyn (scenes deleted)
Teddy Infuhr ...
Boy (scenes deleted)
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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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polio | nurse | medical | australia | reporter | See more »

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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)  »

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Sister Kenny  »

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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 »

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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 »

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Happy Birthday to You
(1893) (uncredited)
Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
Sung by children to Rosalind Russell
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" Rosalind Russell Gives Inspirational Performance "
20 September 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This fine movie has a very inspirational message and Rosalind Russell's strong performance delivers it. Based on a true story, Sister Kenny never wavers from her conviction about the amazing treatment she has discovered for helping polio sufferers. This film should be considered a classic and a must see for the encouragement of dedication towards a worthy cause, as this story delivers so strongly. Rosalind Russell was a perfect choice to play the strong-willed nurse with an important mission. Philip Merivale is equally good as the stubborn nemesis Dr.Brack, whom Sister Kenny must continually battle against his cynicism of her treatments. Presented well, this film does not mire down in sentimentality, but rather, proceeds at an entertaining pace, sufficiently delivering an uplifting story. I found this to be an enjoyable and worthwhile movie that has stood the test of time.


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