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War Nurse (1930)

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

Director:

Edgar Selwyn

Writers:

Becky Gardiner (continuity), Becky Gardiner (dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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)

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

Passed
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

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

Runtime:

(Turner library print) | (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Matron: You've done such magnificent work. And that's what makes it so difficult to send you away. But I must.
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Connections

References Three Weeks (1914) See more »

Soundtracks

When I Saw Sweet Nelly Home
(1859) (uncredited)
Music and Lyric by John Fletcher
Sung a cappella by Robert Ames and Anita Page
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An interesting look at WWI nurses
22 January 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I was a bit surprised by the premise of this film. It seems that not all the nurses used during WWI were actually trained nurses. In other words, while the Red Cross provided many well-trained nurses with surgical and nursing experience, many of the volunteers were just ladies who were willing to give it a try! This film is specifically about these ladies.

As far as the types of women you see in the film, they all are a bit different. Some are very professional and dedicated and some are more flighty and annoying. One of the worst of them is actually the leading lady, Anita Page, who plays a nurse who seems awfully interested in romance and who seems ready to crack up at a moment's notice! While annoying, however, this is probably pretty realistic- -and it was very tough work to say the least.

Overall, this is a pretty good little film. At times it's gritty and blunt about sex for 1930, though in some ways it is all a bit sanitized as you really see no blood and the horrors of war aren't nearly as horrific as you'll see in contemporary films like "All Quiet on the Western Front". Not a brilliant film but one that is worth seeing, well acted and well written.


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