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Nurse Edith Cavell (1939)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, War | 1 September 1939 (USA)
English nurse Edith Cavell is matron in a small private hospital in German-occupied Brussels during WWI. When the son of a recently deceased patient escapes from a German prisoner-of-war ... See full summary »

Director:

Herbert Wilcox

Writers:

Michael Hogan (screen play), Reginald Berkeley (story "Dawn") (as Capt. Reginald Berkeley)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Neagle ... Nurse Edith Cavell / Edith Cavell
Edna May Oliver ... Countess de Mavon
George Sanders ... Capt. Heinrichs
May Robson ... Mme. Rappard
Zasu Pitts ... Mme. Moulin
H.B. Warner ... Mr. Hugh Gibson
Sophie Stewart Sophie Stewart ... Sister Watkins
Mary Howard ... Nurse O'Brien
Robert Coote ... Bungey
Martin Kosleck ... Pierre
Gui Ignon Gui Ignon ... Cobbler
Lionel Royce Lionel Royce ... Gen. Von Erhardt
Jimmy Butler ... Jean
Rex Downing ... Francois
Henry Brandon ... Lt. Schultz
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English nurse Edith Cavell is matron in a small private hospital in German-occupied Brussels during WWI. When the son of a recently deceased patient escapes from a German prisoner-of-war camp, Cavell aids him to reach Holland and safety. This leads to Cavell, a local noblewoman, the grandmother of the escaped prisoner-of-war, and others to form an organization to help Belgian, French, English and other soldiers escape as well. Eventually the Germans become aware of what's happening and take action. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Biography | Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

1 September 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Enfermeira Edith Cavell See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (R C A Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Opening credits: Gratefully acknowledging the information, letters and hitherto unpublished British, American and German documents placed at our disposal by -

The relatives of Nurse Edith Cavell.

Miss E. Wilkins, O.B.E., chief assistant to Nurse Cavell in Brussels during 1914-1915.

The authorities of the Imperial War Museum, London.

The Department of State, Washington. See more »

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Opening credits prologue: This is a tale, based on fact, of heroic life and a conflict of loyalties, told in reverence and without bitterness.

Nursing is a dedication to mercy and healing. War is a dedication to brutal force. Neither admits distinction of race or person. Each is the uncompromising foe of the other.

A Christmas card with Merry Christmas on the outside and inside Edith Cavell BERKENDAEL MEDICAL INSTITUTE Brussels Christmas 1913 See more »

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Version of Nurse and Martyr (1915) See more »

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A lesson in Hun diplomacy
25 November 2005 | by mail-671See all my reviews

Before her popular "London Suite" escapism of the late 40s Anna Neagle achieved early fame for her biopics - Nell Gwyn, Queen Victoria & Amy Johnson portrayed with dignity & feeling,when necessary. This was even more evident in Edith Cavell under the sincere & sympathetic direction of husband,Herbert Wilcox. Her martyrdom & heroism to both her calling & beliefs that "patriotism is not enough" was commemorated after WW1 with the erection of a famed statue in London's Charing X Road,still there, so in the film the ending was never in doubt. Wilcox repeated his 1928 "Dawn" with Sybil Thorndyke without histrionics or dramatics and a bunch of popular stars in more untypical reserved roles except George Sanders who was getting into his stride after "Lancer Spy" as the stiff,autocratic Hun determined to uphold the intransigency of the "rules of war" & expediency irrespective of pleadings of British diplomats up to the very last and the decision of the court-martial against this dignified British nurse - all of which Kubrick later reflected so vividly in "Paths Of Glory". It is interesting to compare the Hun his descendant/counterpart, the Nazi and his downfall - each had their degrees of corporate conquest & world domination whatever the cost. The basic tale of Nurse Cavell running her small Belgian underground escape route for soldiers & fliers under the noses of the enemy is narrated in brief factual episodes. The short closing scenes of her arrest,brief imprisonment,quick execution & memorial service in Westminster Abbey are moving & dignified as directed by Wilcox, a name in high regard among British filmgoers for almost 20 years irrespective of their unfortunate later bankruptcy. By this time Anna Neagle's figure & appearance as a dancer had changed noticeably since her earlier buxom parts in such as "The 3 Maxims"(Later remade as "Trapeze")doing very realistically what Betty Hutton did very realistically later for de Mille. Regrettably, many copies of this rarely seen film have deteriorated especially the sound track which can be muffled & inaudible. Happily,my video copy was taped before it reached this state.


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