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Night Nurse (1931)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 8 August 1931 (USA)
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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Taglines:

Tells the Naked Truth About Happenings in the Dead of Night! (Print Ad- Schenectady Gazette, ((Schenectady NY)) 24 August 1931)

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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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Box Office

Budget:

$260,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

In an earlier draft of the script, intern Eagan planted the skeleton in a baby carriage, not Lora's bed. The startled Laura dropped the baby she was holding, with tragic results. Eagan admitted to his guilt and was fired from the hospital. However, the sequence was changed to the one which is now appears in the film. See more »

Goofs

When Max the Drunk motions Lora thru the door, he drops his hand as Lora begins to leave. The next cut, max's hand is back up. See more »

Quotes

Lora Hart: [to the unconscious girl wasting away from malnutrition] Poor little Nanny, nobody cares if you live or die.
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Soundtracks

Dancing with the Daffodils
(1931) (uncredited)
Music by Jack Little
Played when Lora aids Mrs. Ritchey and is accosted by Mack
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Stanwyck Stands Out in a Pre-Code Murder Plot Melodrama with a Sinister Gable
5 March 2008 | by EUyeshimaSee all my reviews

This tense 1931 melodrama stars a very young Barbara Stanwyck in the title role as Lora Hart assigned to take care of the two young daughters in a wealthy family. However, she uncovers a plot hatched by their alcoholic mother to kill the girls in order to steal their trust funds with the assistance of a nasty chauffeur and a corrupt doctor. Directed by William Wellman, the movie features several risqué moments with Stanwyck and pal Joan Blondell dressing and undressing in their uniforms, as well as moments of unexpected violence. Again, Clark Gable shows up in a sinister role as the chauffeur and slaps Stanwyck around with convincing malevolence. While I prefer her work in 1933's "Baby Face" on Volume One, no one shined more than Stanwyck in these pre-code films since her non-nonsense manner was a perfect fit for the era's candor and directness.


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