The Girl in White
|The Girl in White|
|Directed by||John Sturges|
|Produced by||Armand Deutsch|
|Written by||Philip Stevenson
Irmgard von Cube
Emily Dunning Barringer
|Music by||David Raksin|
|Editing by||Ferris Webster|
|Distributed by||Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (USA)|
|Release date(s)||23 June 1952 (USA)|
|Running time||92 mins.|
Her pregnant mother is in labor and in dire need of a doctor, but young Emily Dunning is new to the neighborhood and knows no one. When someone finally suggests a Dr. Yeomans, she is shocked to discover the doctor is a woman.
It is the turn of the century in New York and times are changing, but as yet women are not being made welcome in the field of medicine. Emily is so impressed by Marie Yeomans that she decides to enroll in med school at Cornell.
Fellow student Ben Barringer is one of the few there who encourage Emily, and they also fall in love. Ben plans to continue his education at Harvard, but upsets Emily by asking her to abandon her studies and accompany him.
Emily instead moves to New York, where she and Dr. Yeomans share an apartment. Hospitals deny her an internship until a reluctant Dr. Seth Pawling is persuaded to accept her, although he confines her mainly to ambulance duty. Ben, it turns out, has become an intern at the same hospital.
A patient is pronounced dead prematurely by a Dr. Graham, but is resuscitated by Emily, who exhausts herself for hours in the process. A nurse informs the press of Emily's heroic act, irritating Graham but impressing Pawling, who recognizes her determination and skills.
When a typhoid epidemic breaks out, the need for doctors is so great that Dr. Yeomans is asked to help. She, too, earns the respect of the hospital's men, just before her weak heart gives out. Ben is leaving for Paris to continue his work, but Emily heeds her friend's advice to have a personal life as well as a professional one, so she promises Ben that their careers will not keep them apart.
- June Allyson as Emily Dunning
- Arthur Kennedy as Ben Barringer
- Mildred Dunnock as Marie Yeomans
- Gary Merrill as Seth Pawling
- Jesse White as Alec
- Marilyn Erskine as Nurse Jane Doe
- Glenn Lovell, Escape Artist: The Life and Films of John Sturges, University of Wisconsin Press, 2008 p72
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