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Nurse Edith Cavell (1939)

English nurse Edith Cavell is matron in a small private hospital in German-occupied Brussels during WWI. When the son of a recently deceased patient escapes from a German prisoner-of-war ... See full summary »

Director:

Herbert Wilcox

Writers:

Michael Hogan (screen play), Reginald Berkeley (story "Dawn") (as Capt. Reginald Berkeley)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Neagle ... Nurse Edith Cavell / Edith Cavell
Edna May Oliver ... Countess de Mavon
George Sanders ... Capt. Heinrichs
May Robson ... Mme. Rappard
Zasu Pitts ... Mme. Moulin
H.B. Warner ... Mr. Hugh Gibson
Sophie Stewart Sophie Stewart ... Sister Watkins
Mary Howard ... Nurse O'Brien
Robert Coote ... Bungey
Martin Kosleck ... Pierre
Gui Ignon Gui Ignon ... Cobbler
Lionel Royce Lionel Royce ... Gen. Von Erhardt
Jimmy Butler ... Jean
Rex Downing ... Francois
Henry Brandon ... Lt. Schultz
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Storyline

English nurse Edith Cavell is matron in a small private hospital in German-occupied Brussels during WWI. When the son of a recently deceased patient escapes from a German prisoner-of-war camp, Cavell aids him to reach Holland and safety. This leads to Cavell, a local noblewoman, the grandmother of the escaped prisoner-of-war, and others to form an organization to help Belgian, French, English and other soldiers escape as well. Eventually the Germans become aware of what's happening and take action. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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"This Woman Must Die!" See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | War

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

1 September 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Enfermeira Edith Cavell See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Imperadio Pictures Ltd. See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (R C A Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The bible verse Cavell reads in the night, "Appoint out for you cities of refuge whereof I spake unto you..." is from Joshua 20:2. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: This is a tale, based on fact, of heroic life and a conflict of loyalties, told in reverence and without bitterness.

Nursing is a dedication to mercy and healing. War is a dedication to brutal force. Neither admits distinction of race or person. Each is the uncompromising foe of the other.

A Christmas card with Merry Christmas on the outside and inside Edith Cavell BERKENDAEL MEDICAL INSTITUTE Brussels Christmas 1913 See more »

Connections

Version of Nurse and Martyr (1915) See more »

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Neagle at the top of her game
9 December 2018 | by malcolmgswSee all my reviews

Having just finished the 2 pictures in which she played Queen Victoria, Neagle continued in the same vein with her portrayal of Nurse Edith Carell. This film was made by producer Herbert Wilcox in Hollywood at the studios of RKO Radio Pictures,as would other of her wartime films.She does an excellent job in this polished production with a good American cast


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