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the girl in white
- kevin sellers
About as cutting edge feminist as you're gonna get from early 50s Hollywood, this is a well intentioned, well acted and somewhat somnolently directed and sloppily written film. I was pleased that the ending did not feature, as I feared it might, Dr. Emily Dunning sublimating her professional life for her husband to be. I also really liked June Allyson's rather low key performance in the title role. She manages to command the screen without histrionics, speeches, or scenery chewing of any kind. Indeed, Allyson is so appealing that you find yourself caring for her not only as a pioneering woman that you admire, but as an individual with humor, compassion and intelligence with whom you would like to spend time. Arthur Kennedy, Gary Merrill and Mildred Dunnock all give solid support, but this picture belongs to Allyson. Would that it belonged to John Sturges as well. This usually good action director's pace really drags in this character study film. The last third is especially flat, with no buildup in tension to a climax or indeed any serious conflict. What conflict there has been between Allyson and a nasty head intern and her and the chief of staff, played by Merrill, has either been too easily resolved in the later case or allowed to drop in the former. Blame screenwriters Philip Stevenson, Allan Vincent and Irmgard Von Cube (sounds like a W.C. Fields character!) for these story lapses. So what we're left with is a fine performance in a less than fine film. B minus. P.S. Lovely music by that fine 50s composer, David Raksin.
No backlash, loved it!
This movie was quite a surprise. Extremely well written, acted and directed, what a joy to watch. I thought the ending with the kiss and then they both head to their work was quite something, not a typical neat wrap-up, but seemed just perfect to a film which never compromised. We get women working together, prejudice problematized, and men, not just the women who are wonderfully drawn-out. I always love Kennedy but no idea Allyson could be so good, bravo!
The Girl in White
- June Allyson Fan
I first saw this movie when it aired on TCM January 3rd, 2011 and LOVED it! PLEASE, show it again! I am a nurse and had NO idea Emily Dunning Barringer was the first woman doctor in NYC. Thanks!
A Nurse's Viewpoint
This autobiogrphical account of a young woman's determination to become a doctor at a time when medicine was a men's only profession was excellent. It portrays Dr. Dunning as a smart, attractive, problem solver who had compassion for her patients & colleagues alike, even though the latter were at odds with her choice of work. June Allyson did a great job making Emily believable as she persevered gracefully in reaching her goal of becoming a physician. The director & writer of the screenplay did well to avoid making the title character appear overly brash, militant, angry, or weepy. I found the setting interesting from a historical standpoint as well. I was educated in a facility that was built near the turn of the century, so the long halls and the wards were familiar sights. While the hospital sets looked authentic, the wild ambulance ride through the streets of New York seemed a little exaggerated, but provided some comic relief. I would definitely watch this movie again & recommend it to my some of my co-workers who enjoy classic films.
WHY Is This Movie Not Being Shown Anymore???
This movie was rarely shown as it is and now it is NOT being shown at all. WHY????I have not seen it broadcast on TCM since the death of its star!Bad enough it isn't available on DVD!Come on folks how about putting it back on the air for all of us to enjoy!Better yet, how about releasing it on DVD?Excellent movie and long overdue for release.
Pioneer in the movement for women's rights
This movie is virtually unknown to most people, but should be more widely seen. The story of the first woman ambulance surgeon in NYC, based on her autobiography, this film is a wonderful portrayal of what it was like to be a female pioneer in medicine. A good (and rarly mentioned) job by June Allyson. I wish it was on DVD!