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Nurse Edith Cavell (1939)

Nurse Edith Cavell




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Many of the "preparedness" films of the years just prior to World War II sidestepped censorship by depicting past outrages of the Germans. Such a film was British producer Herbert Wilcox's Hollywood production Nurse Edith Cavell, in which Wilcox's future wife Anna Neagle portrayed the titular martyred Englishwoman. Ms. Neagle plays the legendary Ms. Cavell as a candidate for Canonization. Her selfless efforts to rescue refugee soldiers from World War I Belgium results in her being arrested on charges of espionage. Despite international pleas for clemency, the dastardly Deutschlanders sentence Edith to death. She faces the firing squad with a courageous serenity that makes Joan of Arc look like a hysterical schoolgirl. An earlier, silent version of Nurse Edith Cavell had caused turmoil in England due to its unadorned depiction of war's horrors. In 1939, however, audiences inundated by reports of Hitler's latest outrages were more receptive. Ironically, the film opened in the US a scant few days before war broke out in Europe.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
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Written By: Reginald Berkeley, Edith Cavell, Michael Hogan


Anna Neagle
as Nurse Edith Cavell
George Sanders
as Capt. Heinrichs
Edna May Oliver
as Countess de Mavon
Zasu Pitts
as Mme. Moulin
May Robson
as Mme. Rappard
H.B. Warner
as Mr. Gibson
Sophie Stewart
as Sister Watkins
Mary Howard
as Nurse O'Brien
Gui Ignon
as Cobbler
Lionel Royce
as Gen. Von Ehrhardt
Jimmy Butler
as Jean Rappard
Rex Downing
as Francois Rappard
Henry Brandon
as Lt. Schultz
Fritz Leiber
as Sadi Kirschen
Gilbert Emery
as Brad Whitlock
Lucien Prival
as Lt. Schmidt
Richard Deane
as Lt. Wilson
Bert Roach
as George Moulin
Halliwell Hobbes
as British Chaplain
Ernst Deutsch
as Dr. Schroeder, Publi...
Egon Brecher
as Dr. Gunther
Will Kaufman
as Baron von Weser
Willy Kaufman
as Baron von Weser
Gustav von Seyfferti...
as President of Trial C...
Frank Reicher
as Baron von Bissing
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