That Mothers Might Live

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That Mothers Might Live
Directed by Fred Zinnemann
Produced by John Nesbitt
Written by Herman Boxer
Starring Shepperd Strudwick
Music by David Snell
Cinematography Harold Rosson
Distributed by MGM
Release date
  • April 30, 1938 (1938-04-30)
Running time
10 minutes
Country United States
Language English

That Mothers Might Live is a 1938 American short drama film directed by Fred Zinnemann. It won an Academy Award in 1939 for Best Short Subject (One-Reel).[1][2] The short is a brief account of Hungarian physician Ignaz Semmelweis and his discovery of the need for cleanliness in 19th century maternity wards, thereby significantly decreasing maternal mortality, and of his struggle to gain acceptance of his idea.[3]



  1. ^ "The 11th Academy Awards (1939) Nominees and Winners". Archived from the original on July 6, 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  2. ^ "New York Times: That Mothers Might Live". NY Times. Retrieved May 14, 2008. 
  3. ^ "That Mothers Might Live". TopTenREVIEWS. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 

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