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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

In honor of National Nurses Week: 1931 Barbara Stanwyck in "Night Nurse" :)

Absolutely wonderful.....A great early Barbara Stanwyck movie in honor of National Nurses Week: "Night Nurse" from 1931. My version of the best medicine ever=ANYTHING with Barbara :)

Night Nurse is a 1931 Pre-CodeProhibition-era, Warner Bros. crime drama and mystery film directed by William A. Wellman and starring Barbara StanwyckBen LyonJoan Blondell and Clark Gable. The film was considered risqué at the time of its release, particularly the scene where Stanwyck and Blondell are seen in their lingerie. Gable portrays a vicious chauffeur gradually starving two little girls to death after having run over and killed their sister with his car.

Lora Hart (Barbara Stanwyck) applies for a job as a trainee nurse in a hospital, but is rejected by Miss Dillon (Vera Lewis) for not having graduated from high school. Fortunately, a chance encounter with the hospital's chief of staff, Dr. Arthur Bell (Charles Winninger), in an uncooperative revolving door gets that requirement waived. Lora's roommate and fellow nurse, Miss Maloney (Joan Blondell), becomes her best friend.

One day, Lora treats bootlegger Mortie (Ben Lyon) for a gunshot wound and earns his gratitude by letting herself be persuaded not to report it to the police as required by law. He also admires the pretty young nurse.
After she passes her training, Lora is hired for private duty, looking after two sick children, Desney and Nanny Ritchie (Betty Jane Graham and Marcia Mae Jones) at the mansion of their alcoholic socialite mother (Charlotte Merriam), where there is always a party going on. When a drunk guest tries to molest her, Nick the brutish chauffeur (Clark Gable) knocks him out. Then, when she turns down his demand that she pump out the stomach of a very drunk Mrs. Ritchie, he knocks Lora out and removes her to her room.
Lora becomes alarmed by the treatment prescribed by Dr. Milton Ranger (Ralf Harolde) for the children, because she sees that they are being slowly starved to death, but she is unable to get anybody to take her seriously. She quits and takes her suspicions to Dr. Bell. He is initially reluctant to interfere with another doctor's patients, but eventually advises her to return to her job so she can gather evidence. She manages to persuade Dr. Ranger to take her back.
Finally, Nanny Ritchie becomes so weak, Lora fears for her life and tries unsuccessfully get Mrs. Ritchie to show any concern. By chance, Mortie is making a delivery of booze to the perpetual party at the mansion. Desperate, Lora sends Mortie for milk for a bath for the child, a folk remedy recommended by the frightened housekeeper, Mrs. Maxwell (Blanche Friderici). Maxwell gets drunk and confides to Lora her suspicion that Nick and Dr. Ranger are working to murder the children in order to get at their trust fund. Mrs. Ritchie is in love with Nick, and he plans to marry her. After being threatened by Mortie, Dr. Bell shows up and examines the little girl. However, when Bell tries to get the child to the hospital, Nick punches him. Mortie stops Nick from interfering further, and the child's life is saved by an emergency blood transfusion provided by Lora.
The next day, Mortie gives Lora a lift in his car. To allay her worries, he informs her that he told some of his friends that he didn't like Nick. Elsewhere, an ambulance brings a body dressed in a chauffeur's uniform to the hospital's morgue.
According to Robert Osborne, on Turner Classic Movies, the part of "Nick the Chauffeur" was originally intended for James Cagney, but his success in The Public Enemy prevented that, paving the way for Gable.

Time Magazine highly praised the film and mentioned that it was well photographed, directed and acted and that the quality of the filmed story surpassed that in the original novel.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The music of 1940 part 9........

Two for Wednesday....another edition of the music of's part 9

All This And Heaven Too - Jack Leonard
At a Dixie roadside diner -Duke Ellington
Bedroom stomp -Rhythm Willie
Bouncing At The Beacon -Lionel Hampton and His Sextet
Chatter Box -Kay Kyser
Cryin' in my sleep -Jimmy Yancy
Cryin' who? cryin' you -Joshua White and Carolinians
Cupid's nightmare -Cab Calloway
Dancing on a dime -Orrin Tucker
Flying Home -Charlie Barnet
Good Queen Bess -Johnny Hodges
Grand Slam-Boy meets girl -Benny Goodman Sextet
Hill Billy Bill-Texas Jim Lewis
I Surrender, Dear -The Chocolate Dandies
I'll Be Seeing You -Tommy Dorsey v=Frank Sinatra
I'm Nobody's Baby -Judy Garland
Jack the bellboy-Lionel Hampton
Jukin' -Woody Herman
Let The People Sing -Jack Payne/BBC Dance Orch.
Magic carpet-Eddie Durham
Maybe -Joe Loss
Midnight Jamboree -The Quintones
Moon Over Burma -Shep Fields v=Dorothy Allen
Mr Meadowlark-radio -Ted Weems v=Perry Como
Muskrat ramble -Harry Levine Barefoot Dixieland
My Mommie Sent Me To The Store -Fats Waller
My pop gave me a nickel -Harlan Leonard and his Rockets
My Ranch-Ken "Snakehips" Johnson West Indian Orch.
Nerves And Fever - Alix Combelle
Never never land fantasy -Frankie Trumbauer
New block and tackle blues -Rhythm Willie and His Gang
New San Antonio Rose -Bob Wills
The nearness of you -Connie Boswell

(photo courtesy of the always excellent

The 1940 music list continues...part 8

Back atcha with another list of the music of 1940. We're already up to the 8th list.....and more to come. :)

A Little Coperation -radio -Woodbury Orch.
Don't Think It Ain't Been Charming -Frankie Masters v=Marion Francis
Down By The O-Hi-O -Smoothies
Jumpin Jive -Larry Bresse
Make-Believe Island -Mitchell Ayres and His Fashions in Music
Marie -Mills Brothers/Louis Armstrong
Mary Lou -Rice Brothers Gang
Maybe -Bobby Byrne v=Jimmy Palmer
Me and the ghost upstairs-Perry Botkin v=Fred Astaire
Melody in A -Eddie South
Memories Of You -Ink Spots
Mighty fine -Fats Waller and His Rhythm
Milk Man Blues -Merline Johnson (The Yas Yas Girl)
Minnie The Moocher Is Dead -Jimmie Lunceford v=Dandridge Sisters
Mister Meadowlark- Artie Shaw v= Jack Pearle 
Monotony in four flats -Jimmy Lunceford
Moon Over Burma -Gene Krupa v=Irene Daye
Moonglow -Art Tatum
Mr. Insurance Man (double-entendre party record) -Cliff Edwards/Ukelele Ike
Mrs Abernathy's Piano -Mel Henke
Muskrat Ramble -Bud Freeman and His Famous Chicagoans
My Baby And My Wife -Ernest Tubb
My buddy -Victoir Yound v=Bing Crosby
My Future Just Passed (radio)-Margaret Whiting (An accident-this song ended up on the playlist, but is actually from 1947...sorry...just realized this as I was posting it. Oh, well, such a great tune that I left it
My gal Sal -Harlan Leonard and His Rockets
My Greatest Mistake -Ink Spots