Cast & Crew
A. Eric Linden
At a maternity hospital, future fathers pace the corridors while their wives wait for their babies either anxiously or happily. Efficient and compassionate nurse Miss Bowers keeps the ward running smoothly. Things liven up when Grace Sutton is transferred from the prison where she is being held for murder. Most agree that the man she killed deserved to die, and Nurse Bowers sympathetically allows Grace's concerned husband Jed unlimited time with his wife. On the ward, the women have varied feelings about motherhood. Mrs. West, mother of six children, thinks babies are what give meaning to women's lives. In contrast, Florette, a showgirl, just wants to get rid of her twins as soon as possible. Miss Layton has decided opinions about child rearing and has no intention of being a doting mother. While the women debate their various theories, a woman who wants a baby so much that she has become demented wanders in from another ward. An Italian woman quietly sobs when she learns that her newborn has died. After a touching farewell with Jed, Grace, whose health has suffered from prison conditions, is taken into the labor room. While Jed waits anxiously, Florette is appalled by the plans that the prospective adoptive mother of her twins has concocted. She cradles one baby herself and discovers mother love. Miss Layton has also given up on her progressive plans for her baby. Down the hall, things are going badly for Grace. When the doctors ask Jed to choose between saving Grace or the baby, he chooses Grace, but she herself insists that the doctors operate and save the baby. After she dies, Jed refuses to see the baby girl, but wise Nurse Bowers places the child in his arms, and as with the mothers, he cannot resist her charms.
A. Eric Linden
Producer: Darryl F. Zanuck
Director: James Flood, Elliott Nugent
Screenplay: Mary Axelson, Earl Baldwin
Cinematography: James Van Trees
Film Editing: George Marks
Art Direction: Esdras Hartley
Cast: Loretta Young (Grace Sutton), Eric Linden (Jed Sutton), Aline MacMahon (Miss Bowers), Glenda Farrell (Florette Darien), Clara Blandick (Mrs. West), Preston Foster (Dr. Brett).
by Violet LeVoit
This film was banned in London.
The Production Code Administration issued an approval certificate in 1936 for the movie's re-release, despite their concern about the directness of the story.
The film's pre-release titles were Give Me a Child and Woman's Day. The film was praised for its honest portrayal of a maternity ward. Although the censors expressed concern at its directness, it was acceptable for re-issue in 1936. According to the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library, however, the film was banned in London. It was remade by Warner Bros. in 1940 as A Child is Born (above).