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The Girl in White (1952)

The first female doctor in New York City comes up against prejudice from male counterparts who feel threatened by her skills. Eventually, though, they come to respect her and romance ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
June Allyson ... Dr. Emily Dunning
Arthur Kennedy ... Dr. Ben Barringer
Gary Merrill ... Dr. Seth Pawling
Mildred Dunnock ... Dr. Marie Yeomans
Jesse White ... Alec, Ambulance Driver
Marilyn Erskine ... Nurse Jane Doe
Herbert Anderson ... Dr. Barclay (as Guy Anderson)
Gar Moore Gar Moore ... Dr. Graham
Don Keefer ... Dr. Williams
Ann Tyrrell Ann Tyrrell ... Nurse Bigley
James Arness ... Matt
Curtis Cooksey ... Commissioner of Hospitals Hawley
Carol Brannon Carol Brannon ... Nurse Wells
Ann Morrison Ann Morrison ... Nurse Schiff
Jo Gilbert Jo Gilbert ... Nurse Bleeker


The first female doctor in New York City comes up against prejudice from male counterparts who feel threatened by her skills. Eventually, though, they come to respect her and romance blossoms between her and the head doctor. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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If men can do it, women can do it better!


Biography | Drama


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Release Date:

23 May 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bowery to Bellevue See more »


Box Office


$1,088,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The kind of sentiment that a woman doctor faced during this period didn't resemble the prejudice towards blacks or other ethnic or religious groups. Legal experts call it "romantic paternalism". There was no hostility towards women in general. (How could there be? Everyone has a mother.) Rather it was thought that a woman's God-given place was at home, that they were too delicate for professional life. See more »

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its a great film and still can be viewed and enjoyed in the year 2005
7 February 2005 | by turbo_issaSee all my reviews

I loved this movie so much. I watched when I was 21 and now I'm 22 going on to 23 and I think this movie is great. We are in the year 2005 and I can honestly tell you that women will love this movie and not only women but men as well. The male lead in this movie has such dignity and is so respectable that he elevates the status of men, not making them out and men appear these days on film to be after a women only for there looks. He looks just like Kiefer Sutherland, and since I didn't know his name I called him the Kiefer look alike when I described the story to my sister. He is ambitious, smart just like the leading lady who is the wonderful June Allyson. I was bored one day and I turned on TCM and this movie started in black and white, and I don't like black and white films. The story of this film is great. It starts off with June "Emily" and her mother moving to a new town and her mother falls ill or is pregnant and asks her daughter to find a doctor. Emily hunts for a doctor and finds the doctors apartment, upon entering she meets a woman and inquires where the doctor is. The woman declares herself to be the doctor "Dr Marie". Emily is hesitant about sending this woman to heal her mother for she has the same prejudice that a lot had back in those days about women being doctors. Nevertheless Dr Marie attends to her mother and after he mother is better. Emily gains the utmost respect for her and the story continues on to Emily becomes Dr Maries assistant and then goes to Medical school where she is the only woman there. The story is triumphant of how she finds love with another doctor who is probably one of the best male characters I've ever seen, and how she overcomes obstacles to be a great doctor, and on top of that she is a woman doctor. Its great acting and for me who wasn't caught up in the hype of MGM stars and I don't care what happened back then, for me to fall in love with this film and relate to it is great personally. So I recommend you all to watch it. Don't be turned off by the fact that it is black and white like I was initially and let yourself be inspired.

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