A Child Is Born (film)
A Child Is Born is a 1939 American drama film directed by Lloyd Bacon and written by Robert Rossen. The film stars Geraldine Fitzgerald, Jeffrey Lynn, Gladys George, Gale Page, Spring Byington and Johnnie Davis. The film was released by Warner Bros. on December 17, 1939.
|A Child Is Born|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Lloyd Bacon|
|Produced by||Samuel Bischoff|
|Screenplay by||Robert Rossen|
|Music by||Heinz Roemheld|
|Edited by||Jack Killifer|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
- Geraldine Fitzgerald as Grace Sutton
- Jeffrey Lynn as Jed Sutton
- Gladys George as Florette
- Gale Page as Miss Bowers
- Spring Byington as Mrs. West
- Johnnie Davis as Ringer Banks
- Henry O'Neill as Dr. Lee
- John Litel as Dr. Brett
- Gloria Holden as Mrs. Kempner
- Johnny Downs as Johnny Norton
- Eve Arden as Miss Pinty
- Fay Helm as The Woman
- Louis Jean Heydt as Mr. Kempner
- Nanette Fabray as Gladys Norton
- Jean Sharon as Mrs. Banks
- Hobart Cavanaugh as Mr. West
- George Irving as Dr. Cramm
- Nella Walker as Mrs. Twitchell
- Winifred Harris as Mrs. Holt
Numerous regional censor boards heavily edited or banned the film because they believed its discussions of childbirth would frighten women away from pursuing motherhood. British Columbia rejected the film because, "The showing of this picture would have the effect of creating a fear in the minds of expectant mothers."
- "A Child Is Born (1940) - Overview". TCM.com. Retrieved 2015-07-24.
- Nugent, Frank S. (1940-01-11). "Movie Review - A Child Is Born - THE SCREEN; The Maternity Ward Drama, 'Life Begins,' Is Revived by the Warners as 'A Child Is Born' at the Criterion". NYTimes.com. Retrieved 2015-07-24.
- Kirby, David A. (September 2017). "Regulating cinematic stories about reproduction: pregnancy, childbirth, abortion and movie censorship in the US, 1930–1958". The British Journal for the History of Science. 50 (3): 451–472. doi:10.1017/S0007087417000814. ISSN 0007-0874.