Four Girls in White (1939)

70 or 73 mins | Comedy-drama | 27 January 1939

Director:

S. Sylvan Simon

Writer:

Dorothy Yost

Producer:

Nat Levine

Cinematographer:

Leonard Smith

Editor:

George Boemler

Production Designer:

Cedric Gibbons

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

Working titles for this film were Women in White and Diary of a Nurse . Although HR pre-release news items listed Ann Morriss, Barbara Bedford and Albert Morin in the cast, and noted that nurses Anne Crist, Ethel Schremser and Dorothy Ainsworth were signed to the picture, their appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. A HR news item published on the day that production on the film began indicated that Gene Raymond was set for the male lead. HR news items also note that the film marked producer Nat Levine's first picture for M-G-M; and that five-year-old Joy Anderson replaced Cammie King in the part of Susan when King contracted chicken pox after one day's work in a hospital ... More Less

Working titles for this film were Women in White and Diary of a Nurse . Although HR pre-release news items listed Ann Morriss, Barbara Bedford and Albert Morin in the cast, and noted that nurses Anne Crist, Ethel Schremser and Dorothy Ainsworth were signed to the picture, their appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. A HR news item published on the day that production on the film began indicated that Gene Raymond was set for the male lead. HR news items also note that the film marked producer Nat Levine's first picture for M-G-M; and that five-year-old Joy Anderson replaced Cammie King in the part of Susan when King contracted chicken pox after one day's work in a hospital sequence. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
19 Jan 39
p. 3.
Film Daily
24 Jan 39
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Dec 38
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Dec 38
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Dec 38
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Dec 38
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Dec 38
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Dec 38
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Dec 38
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
29 Dec 38
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Jan 39
p. 4.
Motion Picture Daily
27 Jan 39
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald
14 Jan 39
p. 36.
Motion Picture Herald
4 Feb 39
pp. 61-64.
New York Times
23 Feb 39
p. 19.
Variety
25 Jan 39
p. 11.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Prod
WRITERS
Orig story
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir assoc
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Ward
SOUND
Rec dir
VISUAL EFFECTS
Montage eff
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Diary of a Nurse
Women in White
Release Date:
27 January 1939
Production Date:
5 Dec 1938--3 Jan 1939
Copyright Claimant:
Loew's Inc.
Copyright Date:
30 January 1939
Copyright Number:
LP8617
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
70 or 73
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
5026
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Deciding that the nursing profession presents a wonderful opportunity to corral a prosperous husband, Norma Page enrolls in a nursing program headed by Miss Tobias. Other new recruits to the program at Maitland Hospital are Norma's sister Patricia, Mary Forbes, a young mother, and Gertie Robbins. Soon after starting her job at the hospital, Norma dates Dr. Stephen Melford, the brilliant resident physician. However, when Stephen foresakes a lucrative private practice for a life of public service, Norma breaks off the relationship. Norma's next quarry is wealthy playboy Robert Maitland, a descendant of the hospital's founder, who is admitted to the hospital after being shot by a jealous dancer. Following his recuperation, Robert checks out of the hospital without saying a word to Norma. When Norma sees Robert leaving, though, she immediately hands her patient over to Mary, who leaves her post to cover for Norma, so that she can bid Robert farewell. Norma succeeds in cajoling an invitation from Robert for her and Pat to join him on his father's yacht, but her act has dire consequences for Mary, who is reprimanded and denied her vacation for leaving her post. Rather than confess that she was responsible for Mary's dereliction of duty, Norma joins Pat and Robert on the yacht, but when Robert falls in love with Pat, Norma decides to return to the hospital. Shortly thereafter, Mary is killed by an insane patient, and the other nurses resent Norma for letting Mary take the blame for her misdeed. Norma is on the verge of resigning when she joins an emergency team that is speeding to administer aid to ... +


Deciding that the nursing profession presents a wonderful opportunity to corral a prosperous husband, Norma Page enrolls in a nursing program headed by Miss Tobias. Other new recruits to the program at Maitland Hospital are Norma's sister Patricia, Mary Forbes, a young mother, and Gertie Robbins. Soon after starting her job at the hospital, Norma dates Dr. Stephen Melford, the brilliant resident physician. However, when Stephen foresakes a lucrative private practice for a life of public service, Norma breaks off the relationship. Norma's next quarry is wealthy playboy Robert Maitland, a descendant of the hospital's founder, who is admitted to the hospital after being shot by a jealous dancer. Following his recuperation, Robert checks out of the hospital without saying a word to Norma. When Norma sees Robert leaving, though, she immediately hands her patient over to Mary, who leaves her post to cover for Norma, so that she can bid Robert farewell. Norma succeeds in cajoling an invitation from Robert for her and Pat to join him on his father's yacht, but her act has dire consequences for Mary, who is reprimanded and denied her vacation for leaving her post. Rather than confess that she was responsible for Mary's dereliction of duty, Norma joins Pat and Robert on the yacht, but when Robert falls in love with Pat, Norma decides to return to the hospital. Shortly thereafter, Mary is killed by an insane patient, and the other nurses resent Norma for letting Mary take the blame for her misdeed. Norma is on the verge of resigning when she joins an emergency team that is speeding to administer aid to the victims of a train wreck. Norma proves her mettle as, amid a raging storm, she endangers her own life to assist the injured. Norma's devotion to duty regains Stephen's love and proves her worthy of her title. +

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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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