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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

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

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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

It was reported at the time that Elizabeth Kenny was paid $100,000 for the rights to her story by RKO. She then donated the amount to a trust fund set up for the benefit of seventeen nephews who were all in the Royal Australian Air Force at the time. And, it was stipulated in her contract with RKO that Rosalind Russell portray her in the film. 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

It's a Long Way to Tipperary
(1912) (uncredited)
Written by Jack Judge and Harry Williams
Sung offscreen by a chorus of men
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" Rosalind Russell Gives Inspirational Performance "
20 September 2013 | by PamelaShortSee all my reviews

This fine movie has a very inspirational message and Rosalind Russell's strong performance delivers it. Based on a true story, Sister Kenny never wavers from her conviction about the amazing treatment she has discovered for helping polio sufferers. This film should be considered a classic and a must see for the encouragement of dedication towards a worthy cause, as this story delivers so strongly. Rosalind Russell was a perfect choice to play the strong-willed nurse with an important mission. Philip Merivale is equally good as the stubborn nemesis Dr.Brack, whom Sister Kenny must continually battle against his cynicism of her treatments. Presented well, this film does not mire down in sentimentality, but rather, proceeds at an entertaining pace, sufficiently delivering an uplifting story. I found this to be an enjoyable and worthwhile movie that has stood the test of time.


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