Night Nurse (1931) Directed by William A. Wellman. Barbara Stanwyck, Ben Lyon, Joan Blondell (71 min)
A hard luck dame lands a spot in nursing school and then hires herself out to a swanky family to mind two mysteriously ailing little girls. Night Nurse has it all, lacy lingerie, bootleg hooch, hopheads, child abuse and a great, censor-evading insult. Tough talking Stanwyck is more than a match for a sinister chauffeur (played by rising star Clark Gable) and a genial bootlegger. Danny Reid on Pre-Code.com says: “There are few I’ve seen that are as infectiously fun and crazy as 1931’s Night Nurse. It’s a deceptively tight B-movie, filled to the brim with everything that makes pre-Code fun while toying with social issues and never losing an ounce of momentum…director William A. Wellman has concocted a roller coaster for the ages.
Wednesday, March 27