A nurse loses her job after selflessly taking the blame for a fatal mistake her sister and co-worker made; she is subsequently employed at a poorly-equipped hospital, where she finds romance and tragedy.
Nurse Anne Lee blames herself for a fatal mistake of her sister Lucy, who also is a nurse. Anne loses her job, and gets a new one at a poorly equipped country hospital. There she falls in love with Dr. Prescott, who is battling with Mr. Bowly, the chairman of the local hospital board, who also makes Anne's life miserable. But then a virulent epidemic begins...Written by
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A contemporary article in The Hollywood Reporter noted RKO bought the film rights to the novel by A.J. Cronin specifically as a vehicle for Carole Lombard. See more »
Mr. Bowley's first name is spelled with one T on his bank check and two T's in the credits. See more »
It's not futile Doctor, it's glorious. We work for all. Some live and some die. How often we've seen two people, both with the same disease, come into the hospital. Both with the same power of resistance. There turn in the night, one dies, the other lives. It isn't science. It isn't medicine. We do everything we can for them an it's something more. Who watches and reasons who's to live and who's to die. Its not for us to be bitter and criticize his judgement. We're here to serve and if we do it...
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The version shown in Europe has a slightly different ending: the radio in Dr. Prescott's room can be heard. On it, British Prime Minister Nevil Chamberlain is explaining that Hitler has refused to withdraw his troops from Poland and therefore a state of war exists between Germany and Great Britain. The American version has no such radio message in it and a shot of Anne Lee and Dr. Prescott reacting to the news is missing. See more »
It is indeed surprising to see Carol Lombard in a serious dramatic role, and it shows us the range of her talents. We thus mourn her early demise all the more deeply.
Maltin is correct in that good acting and direction here save a potentially sentimental script from descending into bathos. In fact, the explosiveley dramatic start undergirds the whole story and gives it an impetus that keeps us involved throughout. The movie wears its age well, and is well worth seeing.
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