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Sister Kenny (1946)

Approved | | Biography, Drama | 10 October 1946 (USA)
An Australian nurse discovers an effective new treatment for infantile paralysis, but experiences great difficulty in convincing doctors of the validity of her claims.

Director:

Dudley Nichols

Writers:

Dudley Nichols (screen play), Alexander Knox (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rosalind Russell ... Elizabeth Kenny
Alexander Knox ... Dr. McDonnell
Dean Jagger ... Kevin Connors
Philip Merivale ... Dr. Brack
Beulah Bondi ... Mary Kenny
Charles Dingle ... Michael Kenny
John Litel ... Medical Director
Doreen McCann Doreen McCann ... Dorrie McIntyre
Fay Helm ... Mrs. McIntyre
Charles Kemper ... Mr. McIntyre
Dorothy Peterson ... Agnes
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Burke ... Undetermined Minor Role (scenes deleted)
Teddy Infuhr Teddy Infuhr ... Boy (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Elizabeth Kenny, as a young nurse out in the Australian bush discovers an effective treatment for polio, but can't get official recognition or sanction for her techniques and theories. For more than three decades (while she tells her fiancée she can't marry him, and repeatedly confronts the pigheaded orthopedic specialist Dr. Brack), she is prevented from treating acute cases and is ridiculed, while she seeks formal recognition for the efficacy of her treatment. Written by Kathy Li

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A woman made for love . . . but whose service to humanity became her destiny!

Genres:

Biography | Drama

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sister Kenny See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,200,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film did poorly at the box office for RKO, resulting in a loss of $660,000 ($8.9M in 2017) according to studio records - even doing poorly in Australia. See more »

Goofs

During the medical director's opening remarks the shot of the audience makes a sudden upwards movement, as if someone bumped against the camera. See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Birthday to You
(1893) (uncredited)
Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
Sung by children to Rosalind Russell
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Sister Elizabeth Kenny
28 July 2008 | by vitamikeSee all my reviews

This movie was most interesting to find and watch. At the age of three I had polio and received the Sister Kenny treatment in Minnesota during an epidemic. The results were as dramatic as the movie portrays. After one month in the hospital I walked out and without braces. My ability to speak clearly returned slowly but completely and my legs remained normal except for extreme exercise which would result in intense pain only relieved by wet heat and massage- that too eventually faded away especially after discovering the benefits of calcium and magnesium for the nerves and muscles.

The film was interesting and a commentary on medical protectionism that has merit as a present day commentary regarding alternative medicine. The US government also issued a commemorative stamp in Sister Kenny's honor. It really did deserve the Golden Globe award for Rosalind Russell's acting.


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