Night Nurse (1931)

  • Barbara Stanwyck, Joan Blondell, & Clark Gable. Stellar trio, right there.
  • The opening of this movie is from the physical viewpoint of an ambulance driver – you’re looking out through the windshield of the car, and get a sequence of quick, somewhat jerky shots. For 1931, this seems like an interesting decision to have been made. Definitely unique.
  • The head nurse just denied Lora Hart (Barbara Stanwyck) a job as a nurse because she applied with nothing but a letter of recommendation from a grocer. This makes sense to me, even though Stanwyck’s character seems like a nice enough person. Just because a grocer likes you doesn’t mean you can practice medicine. Sorry, Lora.
  • Well, that didn’t last long. As is usually the case in Barbara Stanwyck movies, she only needed about 10 seconds with the man in charge to convince him to reverse Nursie’s decision. Feminine power, y’all. Stanwyck’s the master.
  • (Note to self: Maybe a hospital movie featuring blood & surgeries was not the best choice for breakfast time?)
  • Wow – Mrs. Maxwell’s an evil. That’s for damn sure.
  • And now we wait for Pal (Ben Lyon) to show up and save everyone. Clock’s ticking.
  • Lora: “These children are starving!”

Dr. Bell: “Don’t get so worked up about it!”


  • Pal’s cute. I like him.
  • Also, turns out Mrs. Maxwell (Blanch Friderici) has a heart after all. Good for her. The world is full of surprises.
  • Stanwyck just punched a man to floor. What a badass.
  • “Where do you buy milk?” — Pal

…Uh. Pal? You’re kinda a dope.

  • Gable vs. Stanwyck scenes = terrific.
  • Very well-shot movie – but it’s one of those that I feel could benefit from some fleshing out of the characters, their backstories, etc. Oh well, though. It was okay.

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