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The White Angel(1936)

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  • more of more of an Angel....

    • colin
    • 10/22/16

    ...Later viewers of this flick will find it a bit dated,except for perhaps young girls & film buffs

  • more of an Angel....

    • Colin
    • 10/13/16

    1936 found Kay Francis still at the top of the heap at Warner Brothers."Whie Angel"was more so developed as an 'epic'of a film,with more monies thrown into it.As it turned out,Kay's role as the (real) historical figure (Florence Nightingale),as written for the screen play by Michael Jacoby & Mordaunt Shaird),at least does note the woman's struggles in a male dominated society,especially in the serious subject of health care & nursing.Woman's lib in the mid-1850s-Yes!By the new century,F.N was (then) one of the few celebrated of recent history.This film became a huge success at the box office(despite the memories of Hal Wallis),and an othe r success for Kay.This timemany of Kay's (women) followers were able to bring along their younger daughters & nieces,as this flick hardly finds Kay risque.Is Kay too stiff here-the script demanded it!This film was directed by William Dieterle,& produced by Henry Blanke.The excellent cast included Ian Hunter,Donald Crisp,Nigel Bruce,Henry O'Neil,Billy Mauch,Eily Malyon,Mobtagu Love,George Curzon,amoung others.Cinematography & art byTont Gaudio & Anton Groy,& costumes by Orry Kelly all found this pic looking very well.The real drama of this film is more so found in the British field hospitals of the Crimean War (1855).The real F.N. was there,serving the real horrors of war.While this flick cannot be MASH of another generation,the medical knowledge of F.N. was indeed crude.Actor Nigel Bruce as a Dr.West,before he was Dr.Watson in the later Sherlock Holmes films,resembles Watson only for his bumbling.As a mean spirited doctor of authority,he was Kay's principle nemesis -who did not like the idea of a woman cleaning up hospitals ,as well as newer ideas of sanitation,he does indeed represent the kind of people the (real) F.N.delt with./While this film succeeded in 1936,later viewers of this flilm.except for film buffs & young girls.Would F.N. have approved Kay of doing more with Ian Hunter?

  • Great Kay Francis

    • Mike McCrann
    • 7/16/14

    This is one of the best Kay Francis movies. The film was a flop critically and commercially but it only gets better with time. Kay Francis was criticized at the time for not being more emotional in her performance but Francis plays the part like a real character not an emoting over the top actress. Some of the scenes are really spectacular: The nurses led by Kay as they leave the ship in Scutari in the rain; Kay's first reaction when she enters the filthy room filled with wounded men; Kay sitting on her chair in the snow. I find it hard to believe that this film was not a success. I love Kay Francis. She was elegant, glamorous and a really good actress. Jack Warner punished her for not giving up her great weekly salary thinking she would refuse his B movies. Kay stood her ground and ended her contract. She came back with her great performance in the Gary Grant/Carole Lombard drama In Name Only. Francis richly deserved a Best Supporting Actress nomination that year. I love Kay Francis and even her later Monogram films were fun. Kay Francis was the best and her performance in The White Angel is great. Her last scene where she is talking to the portrait of Queen Victoria is vividly played and staged. The White Angel is a vastly underrated movie.

  • I WANT THIS MOVIE TO PuRCHASE

    • Dennis
    • 2/23/12

    please someone tell me where can i get it....i saw it ob tcm years ago and always remembered it. please pleasecontact me spicemonkey27@gmail.com

  • The White Angel

    • Susan Spencer
    • 5/4/10

    I want to purchase this movie to show my Medical Sociology class at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. It is much better than any later version of Florence Nightinggale's works.

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    • Linda Howe
    • 9/26/08

    I want this movie to show it in my History of Nursing class at Clemson University--I wish I would have taped it when I saw it today--because now I find out, it is not available--I wish it was--so much more accurate than later versions of Nightingale's life.

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