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Night Nurse

Based on the novel by Dora Macy (Grace Perkins)


Barbara Stanwyck, Ben Lyon, Joan Blondell, Clark Gable,

The pre-Code Night Nurse’s feminist credentials announce themselves immediately in a head nurse’s admonition, “The successful nurse is one who keeps her mouth shut.” Tell it to Barbara Stanwyck and Joan Blondell. The distinction between professionalism and ethics is central to Night Nurse, which delivers a sharp critique of Hippocratic hypocrisy while also providing plenty of occasions for nurses Stanwyck and Blondell to appear in dishy dishabille. Grace Perkins Oursler, who published the 1930 novel under the name Dora Macy, was the grandmother of artist Tony Oursler.

  • Oliver H. P. Garrett
  • Charles Kenyon
Based On
  • the novel by Dora Macy [Grace Perkins]

  • Barney McGill
Print Info
  • B&W
  • 35mm
  • 73 mins
  • Warner Bros. Classics

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Night nurse (program note), London Film Festival, Clyde Jeavons, 2004

Pre-code Hollywood : sex, immorality, and insurrection in American cinema, 1930-1934 -- excerpt. Night nurse (book excerpt), Columbia University Press, Thomas Doherty, 1999

Night nurse (program note), Pacific Film Archive, William K. Everson, 1978

Night nurse (review), Variety, Sid., 1931

Night nurse (credits), AFI Catalog (online version)

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