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Life Begins (1932)

Passed | | Drama | 10 September 1932 (USA)
At a maternity hospital, future fathers pace the corridors while their wives wait for their babies either anxiously or happily. Efficient and compassionate nurse Miss Bowers keeps the ward ... See full summary »

Directors:

James Flood, Elliott Nugent (co-director)

Writers:

Mary M. Axelson (play) (as Mary McDougal Axelson), Earl Baldwin (screen adaptation)
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Complete credited cast:
Loretta Young ... Grace Sutton
Eric Linden ... Jed Sutton
Aline MacMahon ... Miss Bowers
Glenda Farrell ... Florette Darien
Clara Blandick ... Mrs. West
Preston Foster ... Dr. Brett
Frank McHugh ... Ringer Banks
Walter Walker Walter Walker ... Dr. Tubby
Hale Hamilton ... Dr. Cramm
Vivienne Osborne ... Mrs. McGilvary
Dorothy Peterson ... A Patient
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At a maternity hospital, future fathers pace the corridors while their wives wait for their babies either anxiously or happily. Efficient and compassionate nurse Miss Bowers keeps the ward running smoothly. Things liven up when Grace Sutton is transferred from the prison where she is being held for murder. Most agree that the man she killed deserved to die, and Nurse Bowers sympathetically allows Grace's concerned husband Jed unlimited time with his wife. On the ward, the women have varied feelings about motherhood. Mrs. West, mother of six children, thinks babies are what give meaning to women's lives. In contrast, Florette, a showgirl, just wants to get rid of her twins as soon as possible. Miss Layton has decided opinions about child rearing and has no intention of being a doting mother. While the women debate their various theories, a woman who wants a baby so much that she has become demented wanders in from another ward. An Italian woman quietly sobs when she learns that her ... Written by Daniel Williams

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Drama

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 September 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Give Me a Child See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The Production Code Administration issued an approval certificate in 1936 for the movie's re-release, despite their concern about the directness of the story. See more »

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Version of A Child Is Born (1939) See more »

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Frankie and Johnny
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Sung a cappella by Glenda Farrell, twice
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What the Stork Brought
18 January 2010 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

A maternity ward for difficult mothers-to-be is the primary setting for this unusual drama. The main story focuses on boyish expectant father Eric Linden (as Jed Sutton), who arrives at the "Waiting Womans Ward" (sic) ahead of his wife, lovely Loretta Young (as Grace). Sounding desperate, Mr. Sutton begs doctors to take care of the fragile Ms. Young, a imprisoned murderer. Young is only in the hospital to have the baby, and Sutton fears she has lost the will to live. Sutton wants to fight for an appeal or pardon.

Young and Linden are a very appealing couple, with the lesser-known Linden surprisingly endearing. The story takes an atypical, and thought-provoking turn when doctors ask Linden to make a decision about his wife's pregnancy - then ignore his request. Sweet older mother Clara Blandick (as Mrs. West) offers sage advice. But, also watch for boozing baby-hating mother Glenda Farrell (as Florette Darien), the always underrated Aline MacMahon (as Miss Bowers), and the First National/Warner Bros. team.

****** Life Begins (9/4/32) James Flood ~ Eric Linden, Loretta Young, Aline MacMahon, Glenda Farrell


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