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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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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)
Karolyn Grimes ...
Carolyn
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)  »

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Amor sublime  »

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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 »

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 »

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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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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.


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