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The White Angel(1936)


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Although no literary source is credited on the film itself, contemporary sources noted that the film was suggested by Lytton Strachey's biographical essay in Eminent Victorians (London, 1918). Others credited Michel Jacoby as the original author. In a memorandum to the MPAA included in the file on the film in the AMPAS Library, Warner Bros. executive Hal B. Wallis commented that the life of Florence Nightingale was in the public domain and that screenwriter Shairp had done his own research. The MPAA concurred that no source credit was needed. According to Hal Wallis' autobiography, Robert Lord wanted to base the film on Lytton Strachey's study of Nightingale with Josephine Hutchinson as the star. A Brooklyn actress was hired to portray Queen Victoria and British actress Doris Lloyd dubbed her voice. In l9l5, a British version of Nightingale's life, called Florence Nightingale and directed by Maurice Elvey was made. It starred Elizabeth Risdon. In 1951, another British film about the nurse, The Lady with the Lamp, was produced. It was directed by Herbert Wilcox and starred Anna Neagle.