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War Nurse (1930)

Women from various backgrounds volunteer as nurses in France at the outbreak of World War I.


Edgar Selwyn


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Complete credited cast:
Robert Montgomery ... Wally
Anita Page ... Joy
June Walker ... Babs (Barbara Whitney)
Robert Ames ... Robin
Zasu Pitts ... Cushie
Marie Prevost ... Rosalie
Helen Jerome Eddy ... Kansas
Hedda Hopper ... Matron
Edward J. Nugent ... Frank (as Edward Nugent)
Martha Sleeper ... Helen
Michael Vavitch Michael Vavitch ... Doctor


At the outbreak of the World War, American women from all walks of life join a volunteer nursing outfit in France. Some volunteer out of a sense of duty while others travel to France because that's where all the men are. The nurses are surrounded by death and disease and must sacrifice their own comfort and safety in service of the wounded men who need them. The soldiers, so far from home and facing an uncertain future, are desperate for female companionship, but not necessarily the kind of romance the nurses are hoping for. Pretty young Joy hits it off with Robin, a fellow New Yorker, while no-nonsense Barbara tries to fend off the advances of Wally, a cocksure young flier. Joy's wartime romance takes an unexpected turn, with serious consequences, and Barbara reconsiders her romantic notions when Wally is sent on a dangerous mission. Written by Jimmy L.

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NOTHING HAS BEEN LEFT OUT! (Print Ad- Buffalo Courier-Express,((Buffalo, NY)) 27 November 1930)


Drama | Romance | War







English | French

Release Date:

22 November 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Enfermeiras de Guerra See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs


(Turner library print) | (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


Loretta Young was replaced by Anita Page midway through filming, which led to her scenes being deleted and re-shot. Young can briefly be seen in a long shot. See more »


Set during World War I (1914 - 1918), at about 30 minutes into the movie, there is a scene where Robert Montgomery lands his plane and approaches some fellow pilots who are talking nearby. As they talk, contemporary 1920s vehicles can be seen passing on a distant road (at the upper left of the screen, over Robert Montgomery's shoulder). See more »


Babs: Well, this is an idea. I think I'd make a swell nurse.
Rosalie: Behave...
Babs: Just think of the thrill. Holding hands all night with good-looking sick officers.
Rosalie: And can you imagine moonlights nights at no-man's land. Oh, boy.
Babs: Yeah, with a general on each arm.
Rosalie: You know, with that it would have it on Paris. They've commandeered our cars and left nothing but 80-year old men on the boulevards.
Babs: You, said it! With five million men up there, that's our place, darling.
Rosalie: Hooray.
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References Three Weeks (1914) See more »


El Choclo
Music by Angel Gregorio Villoldo
Played by the band in the dance hall and danced by Robert Ames and Anita Page and other couples
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tribute to nurses during the war
16 April 2014 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

Sound quality is a little iffy in this early talkie from MGM. Anita Paige and Robert Montgomery. Even Zasu Pitts and Hedda Hopper. Also some STRONG regional accents that really come out now and then. Nurses date the soldiers in between surgical procedures during the war. They have daily adventures, and spout clever aphorisms to each other. At one point, the pilots are shown landing with mountains in the background... probably Burbank or Orange county. Palm Springs landing strip wasn't built yet. Directed by Edgar Selwyn, whose early life was full of strife and adventure, if the bio on IMDb is accurate. Apparently, the "wyn" from his name is part of the "Goldwyn" studio name. On IMDb, it is said he was considering going for a ride on the titanic, but couldn't make the trip. Some fun life stories, with the war as a serious backdrop. Because its such an early talkie, they still use a title card at the very end with a tribute to the "War Nurses". Not bad. Fun to watch. Some serious moments of loss, but it does take place during wartime, so that is expected.

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