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Super Reviewer
March 20, 2014
Good but slightly sappy story of a nun nurse who helps kids with disabilities. A bit ho hum I'm afraid although the acting is solid. Not a stretch for Rosalind Russell.
February 8, 2013
Story of determination against a medical establishment unwilling to accept her revolutionary progress in her chosen field. It's a fine performance from Rosalind Russell in a real life depiction with a love interest thrown in for good measure.
March 2, 2011
A client just told me about this film about a pioneering nurse/bodyworker. Who knew?
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Super Reviewer
½ May 1, 2010
Inspiring story of the Australian nurse who bucked the system and arrogant short sighted doctors to effect real change in the treatment of polio. Roz is great in the title role.
½ January 20, 2010
The outstanding performance from Rosalind Russell as a very dedicated nurse, makes this film work beautifully. It is a bit too melodramatic, but it's always engrossing and interesting. A fine film.
December 28, 2008
Great movie. It carries a message that is all too true throughout history, that science becomes so sure of itself as a fact that it fails to realize it's weaknesses when faced with them.
November 1, 2008
Amazing, underrated show! Russell is fantastic as the woman challenges the with her discovery of a treatment for polio. I also gained a lot of respect for Dean Jagger as an actor while watching this.
July 24, 2008
Rosalind Russell is my hero! Can't believe that I didn't know about Sister Kenny before. True stories rock!
½ October 25, 2007
Dudley Nichols‚?? plodding medical drama has Rosalind Russell‚??s nurse discovering a new, more practical way of treating patients, only to have people ridicule this newfound theory. However, she stands firm by her treatment, known as the ‚??Kenny treatment,‚?? and over many years her hard work finally pays off.

Whilst watching this film, I was trying to think of modern films that it resembles. It has a touch of ‚??North Country‚?? in its portrayal of sexism and perseverance, and, like its comparison, it is every bit as worthy and dull. Rosalind Russell does what she can with her bad script, but even she cannot overcome the unconvincing and downright cheap aging device used throughout the film. She jumps from the age 20 to 40 inauspiciously, but at even older, things get even worse.

In the end, there is the happy ending, we have all been waiting for, but it feels completely tacked on by studio producers, and the speech, given by Sister Kenny at the end, though still relevant today, falters in its delivery. Which is a shame, as the first half-hour had a good premise, a strong female character and some credible tension in the male-female relationships. Such a pity, then, that the rest of the movie spirals into bloated claptrap.
Super Reviewer
October 23, 2007
Story of a nurse who develops a treatment for polio in the early 20th century. Of course even in 1946, they have Hollywooded up the movie. Kenny's methods are not accepted by the pig-headed doctors, and she has to fight for 30 years to get her methods accepted.
½ April 4, 2006
[font=Trebuchet MS][[b]Short Thought:[/b] A surprisingly engrossing and earnest biography of someone who actually deserves and needs it, for once: Australian nurse Elizabeth Kenny fought for thirty years for the medical establishment to recognise her pioneering treatment of polio. As a film, this has a rather odd pacing, suddenly leaping years without telling anyone, but it's a superior Hollywood production otherwise, not overdoing the personal life but giving us enough to actually invest in the character, whom Rosalind Russell plays with surprising restraint and dedication, and without the grandstanding which marred her later career. In addition to being a compelling character piece, it is a fascinating insight into the medical establishment's lack of desire to accept revolutionary ideas.][/font]
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½ June 4, 2005
The outstanding performance from Rosalind Russell as a very dedicated nurse, makes this film work beautifully. It is a bit too melodramatic, but it's always engrossing and interesting. A fine film.
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