War Nurse (1930)

79 mins | Drama | 22 November 1930

Director:

Edgar Selwyn

Writer:

Becky Gardiner

Cinematographer:

Charles Rosher

Production Designer:

Cedric Gibbons

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

The film opens with the following written prologue: "This is the story of a group of girls, who, at the outbreak of the World War, volunteered for nursing duty in France, untrained, unorganized, unrelated to the vast army of nurses sent out by government authorities or under the banner of the Red Cross, yet they rendered valiant service." The story ends with a brief statement of thanks to those nurses who served.
       War Nurse marked the first onscreen appearance of French actor Charles Boyer, who is seen briefly as a French surgeon. Although Boyer made the French-language version of Big House for M-G-M (see entry) at around the same time as War Nurse, that film was not released in the United States. ...

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The film opens with the following written prologue: "This is the story of a group of girls, who, at the outbreak of the World War, volunteered for nursing duty in France, untrained, unorganized, unrelated to the vast army of nurses sent out by government authorities or under the banner of the Red Cross, yet they rendered valiant service." The story ends with a brief statement of thanks to those nurses who served.
       War Nurse marked the first onscreen appearance of French actor Charles Boyer, who is seen briefly as a French surgeon. Although Boyer made the French-language version of Big House for M-G-M (see entry) at around the same time as War Nurse, that film was not released in the United States.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
26 Oct 1930
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New York Times
24 Oct 1930
p. 31
Variety
29 Oct 1930
p. 17
DETAILS
Release Date:
22 November 1930
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 23 Oct 1930
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corp.
13 November 1930
LP1724
Physical Properties:
Sound
Movietone
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
79
Length(in feet):
7,333
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

At the start of World War I, a number of American women, from all walks of life, travel to France to become nurses. Among them are Babs, head nurse, who becomes the focus of attention for Wally O'Brien, an American aviator in the French Army; Joy, a pampered and convent-trained daughter of a rich American who experiences great difficulty in adjusting to her environment; and Kansas, a studious and naive teacher from the country, who is constantly amazed at the horrors of war and the actions of the nurses in the emergency hospital. Kansas dies during an attack on a convoy in which the nursers are traveling. Joy falls in love with Robin, whom she later discovers to be already married, and when ordered home returns to the front-line hospital. There she finds the badly wounded Robin, who dies after telling her he has always loved her. Joy dies a short time later, after giving birth to her child during a bombardment. Babs takes care of the baby, and at the end of the war Wally finds her in Paris, where he proposes that the three become a ...

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At the start of World War I, a number of American women, from all walks of life, travel to France to become nurses. Among them are Babs, head nurse, who becomes the focus of attention for Wally O'Brien, an American aviator in the French Army; Joy, a pampered and convent-trained daughter of a rich American who experiences great difficulty in adjusting to her environment; and Kansas, a studious and naive teacher from the country, who is constantly amazed at the horrors of war and the actions of the nurses in the emergency hospital. Kansas dies during an attack on a convoy in which the nursers are traveling. Joy falls in love with Robin, whom she later discovers to be already married, and when ordered home returns to the front-line hospital. There she finds the badly wounded Robin, who dies after telling her he has always loved her. Joy dies a short time later, after giving birth to her child during a bombardment. Babs takes care of the baby, and at the end of the war Wally finds her in Paris, where he proposes that the three become a family.

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GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
World War I


Subject

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

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