Nurse Edith Cavell

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Nurse Edith Cavell
Nurse Edith Cavell FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Herbert Wilcox
James Anderson (assistant)
Lloyd Richards (assistant)
Produced by Herbert Wilcox
Merrill G. White (associate)
Screenplay by Michael Hogan
Based on the novel, Dawn
by Reginald Berkeley
Starring Anna Neagle
Edna May Oliver
George Sanders
May Robson
ZaSu Pitts
Music by Anthony Collins
Cinematography F. A. Young
Joseph H. August
Edited by Elmo Williams
Imperadio Pictures
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release dates
  • September 22, 1939 (1939-09-22) (Premiere-New York City)[1]
  • September 29, 1939 (1939-09-29) (US)[1]
Running time
98 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $508,000[2]
Box office $1,082,000[2]

Nurse Edith Cavell is a 1939 American film directed by British director Herbert Wilcox about Edith Cavell. The film was nominated at the 1939 Oscars for Best Original Score.



The film made a profit of $38,000.[2] Modern Screen gave the film 4 out of 4 stars, stating that the film was "a powerful message against war and hatred", and that it maintained its level of suspense throughout the course of the picture. They praised the acting, particularly that of Anna Neagle in the title role, as well as May Robson, Edna May Oliver, and ZaSu Pitts, in their roles of women who aid the fleeing soldiers. The performance of Rex Downing was called "notable", and that of Lionel Royce was described as "stand-out". Also commended were George Sanders, Mary Howard, Sophie Stewart and H.B. Warner. The magazine was especially enthusiastic of Herbert Wilcox's direction, in that he managed to make every part credible, and even the roles of the "heavies" managed to be shown with compassion and understanding.[3]

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  1. ^ a b "Nurse Edith Clavell: Detail View". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on April 2, 2014. Retrieved September 14, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Richard Jewel, 'RKO Film Grosses: 1931-1951', Historical Journal of Film Radio and Television, Vol 14 No 1, 1994 p56
  3. ^ "Movie Reviews: Nurse Edith Cavell". Modern Screen. November 1938. p. 15. Retrieved December 31, 2015. open access publication - free to read

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