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Four Girls in White (1939)

Passed | | Action, Comedy, Drama | 27 January 1939 (USA)
Four student nurses cope with life and career problems while interning at a major hospital.


S. Sylvan Simon


Dorothy Yost (screen play), Nathalie Bucknall (original story) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Florence Rice ... Norma Page
Una Merkel ... Gertie Robbins
Ann Rutherford ... Patricia Page
Mary Howard ... Mary Forbes
Alan Marshal ... Dr. Stephen Melford
Kent Taylor ... Robert Maitland
Buddy Ebsen ... Express
Jessie Ralph ... Miss Tobias
Sara Haden ... Miss Bennett
Phillip Terry ... Dr. Sidney
Tom Neal ... Dr. Phillips
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Tyler ... Corey (scenes deleted)


Four student nurses cope with life and career problems while interning at a major hospital.

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Release Date:

27 January 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Women in White See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film's initial telecast took place in Los Angeles took place Tuesday 16 July 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11); it first aired in Altoona PA 2 September 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), in Chicago 9 September 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Philadelphia 3 November 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Seattle 5 November 1957 on KING (Channel 5), in Norfolk VA 2 December 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3), in Honolulu 6 January 1958 on KHVH (Channel 13), and in San Francisco 21 January 1958 on KGO (Channel 7); the Four GIrls, still in White, finally made it to New York City 26 September 1962 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »


Robert Maitland: Oh, will you go away!
Norma Page: Oh, be quiet and stop acting like a pest. You're not in a nightclub now, you're in a hospital and nobody here cares who you are! You're just another noisy, complaining patient!
Robert Maitland: Say, where are you going?
Norma Page: To inform the superintendent that you only want men around you to protect you from designing women, I suppose. Well, let me tell you, Mr. Maitland, we're not women, we're nurses!
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Stiff upper lips all around
2 April 2012 | by jjnxn-1See all my reviews

In that golden year of 1939, the same year that she played Careen, Scarlett O'Hara's youngest sister in GWTW Ann Rutherford also appeared in this earnest programmer. She's one of the title girls although not the most heavily featured, that would be the forgotten Florence Rice, but she's pert and strictly secondary which would explain how she could appear in EIGHT! films that year.

As for the rest of the film it's second feature, bottom of the bill stuff all the way. The lives and challenges of young nurses has been examined many times and nothing new is added here. Everyone performs professionally but without distinction, the unique Una Merkel livens things up whenever she pops in but she is also mostly on the sidelines. Everybody gets to prove their mettle by the end no matter how far they've strayed during the overheated melodramatics.

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