Lora Hart 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, but something much more sinister is going on.
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Solid early Barbara Stanwyck vehicle that starts as a sexy pre-code number about a trainee nurse before getting bogged down in the second half in a story about con men, a bogus doctor, under nourished children and a trust fund. Regardless, Stanwyck shines here. Also of note for an early supporting turn by Clark Gable as the conniving brute of a chauffer. Interesting relic.
B. Stanwyck with her fists on her hips and a look on her face that combines "world-weary" with "sweet" still delivers a charge, but the story goes limp and the lines don't snap the way Baby Face's did. Maybe you had to be there in 1931 for the gangster boyfriend's punchline to have the intended effect; maybe it was never hilarious. I liked her two zits that cut through the soft focus and made themselves known.
Toujours aussi efficace et séduisant, le metteur en scène William Wellman nous gratifie d'une bienvenue comédie dramatique avec comme notoire particularité, la présence du jeune Clark Gable dans le rôle d'un brutal méchant... www.cinefiches.com
Sometimes the code of ethics needs a policing on the basis of other ethics. Not unlike the idea of a 'Code era' which would send fun romps like this into less suggestive territory. Or a nurse throwing out the rule book to crack down on a ring of child murderers. A total joy and breeze at 70 mins, another 30 mins to elaborate the plot might have improved the stakes or harmed the breakneck pace.
This pre-Code classic just gets better with age thanks to early performances from Barbara Stanwyck and Joan Blondell and particularly stylish direction by William Wellman. http://eddieonfilm.blogspot.com/2010/08/nursing-people-has-always-seemed-like.html