The Lamp Still Burns

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The Lamp Still Burns
Directed by Maurice Elvey
Produced by Leslie Howard
Written by Elizabeth Baron
Charles Nelson (add. dialogue)
Roland Pertwee (add. dialogue)
Based on One Set of Feet 
by Monica Dickens
Starring Rosamund John
Stewart Granger
Godfrey Tearle
Studio Two Cities Films
Release dates
  • November 29, 1943 (1943-11-29)
Running time 87-92 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Lamp Still Burns is a 1943 British drama film directed by Maurice Elvey and starring Rosamund John, Stewart Granger and Godfrey Tearle.[1] A woman architect changes careers to become a nurse. It was based on the novel One Pair of Feet by Monica Dickens.

Plot[edit]

During the Second World War, Laurence Rains (Stewart Granger) is annoyed when female architect Hilary Clarke (Rosamund John) insists he must enlarge the first aid room in his factory to satisfy government regulations, despite having the best safety record in the country. He encounters her once again, now a nurse trainee assisting a doctor treat one of his employees. He finds out that Clarke only became an architect to please her father, who had no sons to follow in his profession. When she saw how her young assistant at her firm, seriously injured in a traffic accident, was tended to by the nurses, she found her true vocation. Pamela Siddell (Margaret Vyner), a violinist and Rains' fiancee, sees his attraction to Clarke.

Through the influence of Sir Marshall Freyne (Godfrey Tearle), one of her clients and a member of the board of Queen Eleanor's Hospital, Clarke is allowed to embark on a tough nurse training course, though she is somewhat older than the typical nineteen- or twenty-year-old candidate. Her independence gets her into trouble time and time again with the strict, by-the-book matron in charge of the nurses (Cathleen Nesbitt) when she questions some of the numerous regulations (for example, nurses are not allowed to speak directly to the doctors).

Romantic complications arise when both Rains and Siddell become patients at the hospital after a factory explosion. Rains and Clarke fall in love. Siddell eventually releases her fiance from their engagement. However, nurses are expected to devote themselves body and soul to their profession and do not have the time for personal relationships. Clarke's friend and fellow nurse, Christine Morris (Sophie Stewart), decides in favour of love, and gives up her career and a promotion to "sister" to marry the man she loves. Clarke chooses differently, but Rains vows to wait until she or someone else gets the situation improved.

Cast[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Lamp Still Burns at the British Film Institute's Film and TV Database

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