The Lamp Still Burns
|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
|Studio||Two Cities Films|
|Running time||87-92 minutes|
The Lamp Still Burns is a 1943 British drama film directed by Maurice Elvey and starring Rosamund John, Stewart Granger and Godfrey Tearle. A woman architect changes careers to become a nurse. It was based on the novel One Pair of Feet by Monica Dickens.
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.
- Rosamund John as Hilary Clarke
- Stewart Granger as Laurence Rains
- Godfrey Tearle as Sir Marshall Freyne
- Sophie Stewart as Christine Morris
- Cathleen Nesbitt as Matron
- Margaret Vyner as Pamela Siddell
- John Laurie as Mr. Hervey
- Joan Maude as Sister Catley
- Mignon O'Doherty as Sister Tutor
- Leslie Dwyer as Siddons
- Wylie Watson as Diabetic Patient
- Eric Micklewood as Trevor
- Joyce Grenfell as Doctor Barrett
- Ernest Thesiger as Chairman
- Brefni O'Rorke as Lorrimer
- Aubrey Mallalieu as Rev. J. Ashton