Nurse Edith Cavell

Nurse Edith Cavell is a 1939 American film directed by British director Herbert Wilcox about Edith Cavell. The film was nominated at the 1939 Oscars for Best Original Score.

Nurse Edith Cavell
Directed byHerbert Wilcox
James Anderson (assistant)
Lloyd Richards (assistant)
Produced byHerbert Wilcox
Merrill G. White (associate)
Screenplay byMichael Hogan
Based onthe novel, Dawn
by Reginald Berkeley
StarringAnna Neagle
Edna May Oliver
George Sanders
May Robson
ZaSu Pitts
Music byAnthony Collins
CinematographyF. A. Young
Joseph H. August
Edited byElmo Williams
Imperadio Pictures
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures
Release date
  • September 22, 1939 (1939-09-22) (Premiere-New York City)[1]
  • September 29, 1939 (1939-09-29) (US)[1]
Running time
98 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1,082,000[2]



The film made a profit of $38,000.[2] Modern Screen gave the film 4 out of 4 stars, stating that the film was "a powerful message against war and hatred", and that it maintained its level of suspense throughout the course of the picture. They praised the acting, particularly that of Anna Neagle in the title role, as well as May Robson, Edna May Oliver, and ZaSu Pitts, in their roles of women who aid the fleeing soldiers. The performance of Rex Downing was called "notable", and that of Lionel Royce was described as "stand-out". Also commended were George Sanders, Mary Howard, Sophie Stewart and H.B. Warner. The magazine was especially enthusiastic of Herbert Wilcox's direction, in that he managed to make every part credible, and even the roles of the "heavies" managed to be shown with compassion and understanding.[3]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result
1940 Academy Awards Best Music, Score Anthony Collins Nominated

See also


  1. "Nurse Edith Clavell: Detail View". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on April 2, 2014. Retrieved September 14, 2014.
  2. Richard Jewel, 'RKO Film Grosses: 1931-1951', Historical Journal of Film Radio and Television, Vol 14 No 1, 1994 p56
  3. "Movie Reviews: Nurse Edith Cavell". Modern Screen. November 1938. p. 15. Retrieved December 31, 2015.
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