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Nurse Edith Cavell (1939-USA)

Anna Neagle , Edna May Oliver , Herbert Wilcox  |  DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Anna Neagle, Edna May Oliver, George Sanders, May Robson
  • Directors: Herbert Wilcox
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Imperadio Pictures Ltd.
  • DVD Release Date: October 14, 2009
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002STG4GU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #705,391 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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With ANNA NEAGLE, EDNA MAY OLIVER, MAY ROBSON, GEORGE SANDERS, ZASU PITTS, H.B. WARNER. This at once touching and suspense-filled drama is the based-on-fact account of one of the 20th-centurys great heroines. She is nurse Edith Cavell, British-born directoress of a medical institute in Brussels. The time is World War I and Belgium has been conquered by the Hun. As a nurse Edith Cavell has devoted her life to mercy and healing. She quickly comes to learn that war is "a dedication to brutal force," and that nursing and war are uncompromising foes of each other. Across the Belgian countryside, Allied soldiers have been wounded and are hiding out in barns or ditches and crying out for help. The German policy has been to capture these soldiers and shoot them as spies rather than treat them as prisoners-of-war. As a nurse and a human being, Edith Cavell finds that she cannot ignore this injustice. With stiff-upper-lip determination she goes about organizing an underground network whereby Belgian, British and French soldiers are smuggled to safety outside the country right under the noses of the Germans. Assisting her are some unlikely accomplices. They are a trio of women who might easily be the grandmothers of the soldiers whose lives they are saving. This heartbreaking film about humanism and courage also in its own way served to prepare the world for yet another war against Germany, which was to begin in the year of its release. 97 minutes.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good movie, but a bad print. December 20, 2008
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Its a good movie. Well acted with an excellent cast. The problem is that the print badly needs some form of restoration. The sound is crackly, and at times inaudible, and the print is very dark - even the daylight scenes appear to be at night. I'm a big fan of Edna May Oliver, so am glad to have the movie for her performance alone. One hopes a better quality print will be issued in due course.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended January 4, 2014
Edith Louisa Cavell (played by Anna Neagle) was a British nurse, serving as matron of the Berkendael Institute in Brussels, Belgium. After the Germany Army occupied Brussels, Miss Clavell’s faith would not let her sit still, and ignore the fate of Allied soldiers trapped behind enemy lines. And so she became involved in smuggling men out of the country. But, the Germans are the activities are going on, and they are determined to stop the flow of soldiers and those that are helping them.

This 1939 movie was made at the beginning of the Second World War, and was intended to remind the British people of heroes of yesterday. It is very well written, telling the story of the life and death of Nurse Clavell with a lot of power. I really enjoyed this moving movie, and do not hesitate to recommend it to you and your family.

(By the way, one of the characters in this movie is played by George Sanders, one of my favorite actors!)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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This story was a well-written, excellently acted film. Time does not diminish the facts or ideas it puts forward. Anna Neagel and her husband, the director/producer had a reputation for providing good solid work and entertainment. This print was poor in spots, rather dark around the edges. I encountered a couple of transmission problems, however, I cannot lay that completely at the door of the film. We were having severe thunderstorms the entire time it was playing.

Despite the quality of the print it is well worth watching. One might think the subject matter a bit melancholy but at the film's end you cannot help but think the moments well spent.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars July 8, 2014
By Shawn
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good old story
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1.0 out of 5 stars Nurse Edith Cavell July 2, 2014
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Film too dark, barely discernable through much of it. I could not adjust volume enough, missed much of the dialogue. Very poor quality, sorry I tried it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! May 6, 2014
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This was a beautiful and inspiring story. "Loved it!" I would hope I would have the same courage she showed throughout the whole movie.
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Struggled for 15 minutes or so hoping that the video quality would improve. It did not! Too bad for Anna.
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5.0 out of 5 stars movie nurse edith cavell January 18, 2014
By joan
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exceptional old movie better made than the movies that they make today would not go to see a movie today
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Some heroines we don't hear much about. . .
Nurse Edith Cavell was a regular nurse who found herself in an orphanage in Belgium at the outbreak of WWI. Read more
Published 10 months ago by M. J. Perrin
2.0 out of 5 stars Less than OK
While the acting of some was good, the plot was predictable. The quality of the film itself was quiet poor and the lighting often too dark to see.
Published 12 months ago by Anthony J. Cavaliere
1.0 out of 5 stars terrible print
Terrible print. Washed out in a lot of scenes, bad audio. Not worth the price. five more words for review
Published 14 months ago by Jim Feeley
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor Script and Production
I agree with John W. Levin, a previous reviewer. I bought the film to see the supporting actress, Edna May Oliver, a favorite of mine from "Drums Along the Mohawk", which I... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Scoushe
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Story, But . . .
The technical quality, especially the sound, was so poor as to make it unwatchable. Look for a great appearance by Xasu Pitts.
Published 16 months ago by J
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff
Anna Neagle has NEVER been a favourite of mine, BUT I do enjoy many of her films. She has always been too clip in her speech for me - sort of grand aunt of Julie Andrews! Read more
Published 22 months ago by Execelsior
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 stars only due to film quality
A film that deserves to be restored, technically.

Appealing for me. Mainly I love the raw simplicity of how the film focused on a few folks in a small town. Read more
Published 22 months ago by elizabeth grace
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