The Feminine Touch (1956 film)

The Feminine Touch is a 1956 British drama film directed by Pat Jackson and starring George Baker, Belinda Lee and Delphi Lawrence. The film is based on the bestselling novel A Lamp Is Heavy by Canadian former nurse Sheila Mackay Russell,[1] and consequently it was released as A Lamp Is Heavy in Canada, while it was given the title The Gentle Touch in the United States, when it was released there in December 1957.[2]

The Feminine Touch
UK quad format cinema poster
Directed byPat Jackson
Produced byMichael Balcon, Jack Rix
Screenplay byIain MacCormick
Based onA Lamp Is Heavy
by Sheila Mackay Russell
StarringGeorge Baker
Belinda Lee
Delphi Lawrence
Music byClifton Parker
CinematographyPaul Beeson
Edited byPeter Bezencenet
Distributed byJ. Arthur Rank Film Distributors
Release date
  • 27 March 1956 (1956-03-27) (UK)
Running time
91 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


The film follows five very different student nurses during their first year of training at an NHS hospital in London called St. Augustine’s Hospital (filmed at Guy's Hospital), where they live in a dormitory. Susan (Belinda Lee) is reliable and sensible; Pat (Delphi Lawrence) is flighty and open; Maureen (Adrienne Corri) is Irish and loud; Ann (Henryetta Edwards) is a typical public school girl; and Liz (Barbara Archer) comes from a typical working class background. As they get to know each other, they bond in spite of their differences.

Main cast


  1. Sanderson, Kay (1999). 200 Remarkable Alberta Women. Calgary: Famous Five Foundation. p. 99.
  2. IMDb: The Feminine Touch – release info Linked 2015-05-15

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