The Gentle Touch (1956)
"The Feminine Touch" (original title)

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The public and private lives of 5 girls, who start out as student nurses in the National Health service during the 1950's.



(based on the novel "A Lamp is Heavy" by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Belinda Lee ...
Delphi Lawrence ...
Henryetta Edwards ...
Barbara Archer ...
Diana Wynyard ...
The Matron
Joan Haythorne ...
Home Sister
Beatrice Varley ...
Sister Snow
Joan Carol ...
Theatre Sister
Constance Fraser ...
Assistant Matron
Vivienne Drummond ...
Second-year Nurse
Christopher Rhodes ...
Ted Robinson
Richard Leech ...
Casualty Doctor
Newton Blick ...


The public and private lives of 5 girls, who start out as student nurses in the National Health service during the 1950's.

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Those Wonderful Nurses-In-Training...Trying to Give Their All to Mankind...Or To The Right Kind of Man! See more »


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Release Date:

20 June 1956 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

The Gentle Touch  »

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Sound Mix:

(Gaumont Kalee Recording) (RCA Sound Recording)


(Colour by) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Susan: Oh yes - let the nurses do it! They're expendable. They haven't any union, just a vocation, that's all. Oh what fools, the lot of us!
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Night Club Music
Music by Una Bart
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Michael Balcon Losing His Touch
25 June 2015 | by (london) – See all my reviews

This film was presumably one of the last produced by Michael Balcon at Ealing.Maybe it shows just how much he was out of touch with the public that the studios had to close.Remember that only a year or two before the Doctor series had started to great commercial success.Maybe Balcon thought that he could mine the same vein only for a dramatic film.In fact this film resembles "The Lamp Still Burns" right down to the matron's final speech.However as things have advanced 12 years since then the nurses are allowed to marry especially doctors.Everything about this film is too pat and clichéd and by and large the characters are rather uninteresting.In any event ITV was about to start "Emergency Ward 10" which of course would be the beginning of TV obsession with medical dramas.

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