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to mark international nurses day, we’ll be watching night nurse (1931) based on the 1930 novel

Every year International Nurses Day is celebrated on 12 May to commemorate the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birthday. This day also celebrates the contribution done by nurses to the society around the world. On this day the International Council of Nurses organisation produces an International Nurses kit to educate and assist health workers globally with a different theme every year.

Night Nurse (1931)

Based on the novel by Dora Macy (Grace Perkins)

Lora Hart (Barbara Stanwyck) manages to land a job in a hospital as a trainee nurse. Upon completion of her training she goes to work as a night nurse for two small children who seem to be very sick, though something much more sinister is going on.

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 dishabille.

Based on the 1930 novel of the same name by Dora Macy (pen name Grace Perkins). Grace Perkins was an American screenwriter, actress, and novelist active during the 1920s through the 1950s.



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