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Vigil in the Night (1940)

Approved | | Drama | 9 February 1940 (USA)
A nurse loses her job after selflessly taking the blame for a fatal mistake her sister and co-worker made; she is subsequently employed at a poorly-equipped hospital, where she finds romance and tragedy.

Director:

George Stevens

Writers:

Fred Guiol (screenplay), P.J. Wolfson (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Carole Lombard ... Anne Lee
Brian Aherne ... Dr. Robert S. Prescott
Anne Shirley ... Lucy Lee
Julien Mitchell Julien Mitchell ... Matthew Bowley
Robert Coote ... Dr. Caley
Brenda Forbes ... Nora Dunn
Rita Page Rita Page ... Glennie
Peter Cushing ... Joe Shand
Ethel Griffies ... Matron East
Doris Lloyd ... Mrs. Martha Bowley
Emily Fitzroy ... Sister Gilson
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Storyline

Nurse Anne Lee blames herself for a fatal mistake of her sister Lucy, who also is a nurse. Anne loses her job, and gets a new one at a poorly equipped country hospital. There she falls in love with Dr. Prescott, who is battling with Mr. Bowly, the chairman of the local hospital board, who also makes Anne's life miserable. But then a virulent epidemic begins... Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Angeli della notte See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The production of the movie was held up several weeks when Carole Lombard was admitted to the hospital after suffering a miscarriage. The press dubbed it an 'appendectomy' to cover up. See more »

Goofs

The oxygen cylinder contents gauge on the tank that nurse lee brings to the child's bedside shows nearly three-quarters full. This represents a large volume of oxygen. The contents could not go down as fast as is shown here. Even if she took the regulator off and opened the cylinder all the way (which would make an ear-splitting noise) it wouldn't go down that fast. An H tank (which is the size shown in the film) holds 7100 cubic liters of oxygen. Oxygen being given with oxygen mask could not drain the tank shown in that short time. See more »

Quotes

Lucy Lee: I'm just a bad girl and a bad nurse.
Anne Lee: You're not a bad girl.
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Alternate Versions

The version shown in Europe has a slightly different ending: the radio in Dr. Prescott's room can be heard. On it, British Prime Minister Nevil Chamberlain is explaining that Hitler has refused to withdraw his troops from Poland and therefore a state of war exists between Germany and Great Britain. The American version has no such radio message in it and a shot of Anne Lee and Dr. Prescott reacting to the news is missing. See more »

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Referenced in Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008) See more »

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Great movie to discuss nursing pre-antibiotics
4 December 2005 | by gimmiepugsSee all my reviews

I use this film to discuss nursing history. It is pre-antibiotics, so there has to be good nursing care and sterile technique for folks to survive. Plus this movie has it all - terribly sick children, a hokey doctor-nurse romance, and several dramatic scenes you don't get these days, like a bus wreck! The scene in the operating room is pretty interesting too - it makes one realize that an appendectomy was once a life threatening procedure. Overall, it is always fun to have students watch it and learn from growth of the profession and the science. It is so sad that Carole Lombard died so young - she had the potential to be a magnificent dramatic actress. Peg Farrar


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