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Night Nurse (1931)

A nurse enlists the help of a petty criminal to foil a sinister plot to murder two children.

Director:

William A. Wellman

Writers:

Grace Perkins (from the novel by) (as Dora Macy), Oliver H.P. Garrett (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Barbara Stanwyck ... Lora Hart
Ben Lyon ... Mortie
Joan Blondell ... Maloney
Clark Gable ... Nick
Blanche Friderici ... Mrs. Maxwell (as Blanche Frederici)
Charlotte Merriam ... Mrs. Ritchey
Charles Winninger ... Dr. Bell
Edward J. Nugent ... Eagan (as Edward Nugent)
Vera Lewis ... Miss Dillon
Ralf Harolde ... Dr. Milton Ranger
Walter McGrail ... The Drunk
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Storyline

Lora Hart manages to land a job in a hospital as a trainee nurse. Upon completion of her training she goes to work as a night nurse for two small children who seem to be very sick, but something much more sinister is going on. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Cantonese

Release Date:

8 August 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

En natsygeplejerskes oplevelser See more »

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Budget:

$260,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

James Cagney was originally supposed to play Nick, but when The Public Enemy (1931) became a big hit, it was decided that he should no longer be relegated to supporting roles, allowing the relatively unknown Clark Gable to step in instead. See more »

Goofs

During the surgery scene, all the doctors, nurses, and observers are wearing face masks but only their mouths are covered. Their noses are sticking out above the masks. There is no point in wearing a surgical mask if the nostrils are exposed. See more »

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Maloney: Take my tip and stay away from interns. They're like cancer... the disease is known but not the cure.
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Featured in When the Talkies Were Young (1955) See more »

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Dinah
(1925) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Akst
Played as dance music at the party
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Tough, quick melodrama
31 May 2003 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Barbara Stanwyck plays a night nurse at a very strange household where some children may be in serious danger.

Strong pre-Code film has (for 1931) strong dialogue, Stanwyck and Joan Blondell in their underwear, alcoholism, nymphomania, attempted rape, child abuse and Clark Gable (without his mustache) slugging Stanwyck unconscious.

The plot is kind of silly but the film moves so quickly (72 minutes) that you sort of disregard it. There are also some nice directorial touches from William Wellman. The whole cast is great: Stanwyck is just superb in the title role--smart, strong and has no fear--she almost manages to stare Gable down in one of their fights. Gable is incredible as the bad guy--violent, brutal and very scary. There's great support from Blondell as Stanwyck's best friend and Ben Lyon as a bootlegger with the hots for her.

A really great film--don't miss this one!

Two of the many great lines: "I'm a nymphomaniac...and I'm proud of it!" "You MOTHER!"


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