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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

Certificate:

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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

Although mostly set in Australia with primarily Australian characters none of the cast make any attempt to speak in anything other than their own native accent. See more »

Soundtracks

British Grenadiers
(uncredited)
Traditional
Played by a marching band
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Signature Film of Rosalind Russell
7 April 2017 | by howardmorleySee all my reviews

In 1963 (when I was 17), my parents took me and my younger sister on a summer holiday to Whitby a coastal town in Yorkshire, UK.We stayed at a hotel there which showed this film as entertainment for the guests.I never forgot it nor the performance of Rosalind Russell which I regard as her best film and better than "His Girl Friday" with Cary Grant since it deals with a real person and real events, always more convincing in my book than mere fiction.She was well supported by actor Alexander Knox who played an orthopedic surgeon, friend and colleague and known to me as the surgeon "Mr Joyce" in the 1956 film "Reach for the Sky", who operates on the broken legs of Douglas Bader.I would have liked 20th Century Fox to have employed more Australian character actors but as there were few in Hollywood in 1946 and as Americans seem to have a hard time doing the Australian accent and as many were being demobbed in 1946, this is understandable.Other reviewers have described the screenplay and basic biography of Elizabeth Kenny satisfactorily, so I won't reiterate it.I awarded this film 8/10 and am grateful to Youtube for uploading it.


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