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Biographical

Florence Nightingale

  • Florence Nightingale (1915, UK, silent) Director: Maurice ElvyCast: Elisabeth Risdon

  • The White Angel (1936) Drama

    In this biographical drama Florence Nightingale develops skilled nursing during the Crimean War and saves hundreds of lives.

    Starring Kay Francis, Ian Hunter, Donald Woods, Nigel Bruce, Donald Crisp, Henry O'Neill.

    Director(s) William Dieterle.

    Screenwriter(s) Michel Jacoby, Mordaunt Shairp.

  • The Lady With a Lamp (1951) Drama NR

    Romanticized version of Florence Nightingale's successful fight for sanitary medical conditions during the Crimean War. This version concentrates upon the political complexities the hard-headed nurse, played by Neagle, had to battle. The cast gives fine impressions of the many historical personalities, and the contrast in settings--between stately British homes and the squalor of the hospital--focuses the viewer's attentions on what the real battles were. Honorable mention should be given to Lewthwaite's editing of the war sequences.

    Starring Anna Neagle, Michael Wilding, Gladys Young, Felix Aylmer, Julian D'Albie, Arthur Young

    Director(s) Herbert Wilcox

    Screenwriter(s) Warren Chetham-Strode

  • Florence Nightingale (1985 US, made for TV) Drama

    A 19th-century noblewoman studies nursing and emerges as a national heroine by revolutionizing British medical care.

    Jaclyn Smith is a curious choice to play the title character in the made-for-TV biopic Florence Nightingale. This fact, however, never enters into the consciousness of the viewer, thanks to Smith's excellent performance. Some liberties are taken with the details of the life of "The Lady with the Lamp," notably the addition of a largely speculative romance between Florence and her young swain (Timothy Dalton). The best scenes--and the most accurate--occur during the Crimean War sequences and during Nightingale's strenuous efforts to form the Red Cross.

    Director: Daryl Duke 

    Cast: Claire Bloom, Jeremy Brett, Timothy Dalton, Peter McEnery, Jaclyn Smith, Timothy West

Edith Cavell

  • Nurse Edith Cavell (1939)

    Stirring true story of the nurse who, along with three other civilians, risked her life to aid Allied forces in Belgium during WWI. Anna Neagle, Edna Mae Oliver, ZaSu Pitts and George Sanders star. 96 min.

    Director: Herbert Wilcox

    Cast: Henry Brandon, Robert Coote, Richard Deane, Gilbert Emery, Martin Kosleck, Fritz Leiber, Anna Neagle, Edna May Oliver, ZaSu Pitts, Lucien Prival, Frank Reicher, Bert Roach, May Robson, Lionel Royce, George Sanders, Henry Victor, H.B. Warner

    Academy Award®

    Nominee: Best Original Score

    B&W

Elizabeth Kenny

  • Sister Kenny 1946, Drama

    A crusading Australian nurse develops a controversial cure for infantile paralysis.

    Director: Dudley Nichols With: Rosalind Russell, Alexander Knox, Dean Jagger, Philip Merivale, Beulah Bondi, Dorothy Peterson

    Academy Award®

    Nominee: Actress In A Leading Role




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