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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 »


Joy: You know girls, I was always told it would be disgraceful to see a man undress.
Babs: Well, I've watched so many naked men lately that I'm ready to go live with the eskimos. They only undress once a year!
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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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Keep Kleenex Close!
9 December 2004 | by msladysoulSee all my reviews

This movie really will tung at your heart strings and make you tear up. It really is a touching movie. Anita Page, one of Golden Era Hollywood beauties is one of the best actresses I have seen. Beautiful yet not self-contained. It seems she could play any role, drama seems to be her specialty, she could move you in any role but this one takes the cake. The whole cast plays their role beautifully. Anita Page plays Joy Meadows, the beautiful but naive young lady who ends up the worse of all of the ladies but don't deserve it. June Walker as Babs is a natural. Marie Prevost as Rosalie, add spice and sense of humor to the movie. All the ladies cry together, laugh, suffer, they really grow up together as well. I believe "Cry Havoc" starring Ann Sothern, Margarent Sullivan and Joan Blondell was a remake of War Nurses, even though it was a good try, War Nurses is better. War Nurses didn't hold back anything being made in the pre-code era. If your looking for a good movie, this it it. Turner Classic Movies run it often.

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