Life in Her Hands

Life in Her Hands is a 1951 British drama film directed by Philip Leacock and starring Kathleen Byron, Bernadette O'Farrell and Jenny Laird. It was made with backing from the Crown Film Unit in an effort to promote the nursing profession. The fictional scenes were interspersed with real documentary footage shot in hospitals. It was releases as a second feature.[1]

Life in Her Hands
Directed byPhilip Leacock
Produced by Frederick Wilson
Written byMonica Dickens
Anthony Steven
StarringKathleen Byron
Bernadette O'Farrell
Jenny Laird
Music byClifton Parker
CinematographyFred Gamage
Edited byJocelyn Jackson
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
June 1951
Running time
58 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


Wrongly believing herself to be to blame for the death of her husband in a car crash, his young widow decides to become a nurse to try and atone for her guilt.



  1. Chibnall & McFarlane p.217


  • Chibnall, Steve & McFarlane, Brian. The British 'B' Film. Palgrave MacMillan, 2009.
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