Night Nurse (1931)

Night Nurse


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In this film, Lora Hart is a nurse hired as a governess for the children of alcoholic socialite Mrs. Ritchie. Lora is shocked at the degree to which kids have been neglected by their tosspot mother and even more shocked at the behavior of Mrs. Ritchie's sinister chauffeur Nick.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Oliver H.P. Garrett, Charles Kenyon
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On DVD: Oct 23, 1991
Warner Bros. Pictures



as Lora Hart

as Morlie

as Maloney

as Dr. Arthur Bell

as Mrs. Ritchey

as Eagan the Interne

as Mrs. Maxwell

as Second Interne

as 2nd Interne

as Mack, a drunk

as Dr. Milton Ranger

as Miss Dillon

as Wounded Prisoner

as Nurse

as Archie, father-to-be

as Patient
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Critic Reviews for Night Nurse

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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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New York Times
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Time Out
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Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The moral ambiguity more than the exposed skin and spilled booze is what stamps 'Night Nurse' as a definitive pre-code masterwork.

Full Review… | June 20, 2014
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

A rough-hewn marvel

Full Review… | April 12, 2013

Audience Reviews for Night Nurse

Cutesy and melodramatic. A nice example of young Stanwyck honing her craft.

Randy Tippy

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Stanwyck is an ordinary nurse until she learns of malpractice and has to fight for the life of her patient.

Aj V

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"night nurse" is another piece of work made in the pre-code period of the 30s, and barbara stanwyck glitters with her inner strength as the heroine who practices the justice among immoral debauchies of a disorientated world under probation. then you might also be amused to glimpse the young clark gable without his trademarked mustache.

stanwyck plays lora hart (which means a pun for heart to suggest her characteristics), who is a compassionate young woman who aspires to nuture others as pleasure. so she enlists in the hospital with the help of surgeon dr. bell as a registered nurse. and joan bondell is her wisecracking confidante who provides mostly the comic relief in the script, such as their habit to imitate the throat-cleaning sound, bondell's chewing-gum vivacity and stanwyck's frequent remark "says me in a big way, sister." and also stanwyck's merciful generosity leads to the friendship or potential love interest of a decent-hearted bootleger, played by ben lyon, who would be the savior later in the flick.

so both bondell and stanwyck pass their tests of ordeals to be the night nurses, then they encounter a job concerned with their professional ethics. they're dispatched with a cse of two sick young girls who have been starved deliberantly to death so their mother and her paramour chauffer(clark gable) could obtain their father's trust fund inheritage. the flick is related to the forbidden subjects of prosmiscuity, illict affairs, alcoholism and child abuse then.

clark gable makes a riveting entrance as the bully man in dragon-embroidered robe, impressing the audience with a certain degree of menace as the brutal villain who smacks stanwycks, and the issue of violence on women is not a pleasant theme for the censor as well. gable shows his darker side of cad convincingly for sure.

"night nurse" is certainly a relish to look at, and you see stanwyck ballistically slaps the rotten mother who disregards the children, that would be a kick for sure.

Veronique Kwak

Super Reviewer

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