Sister Kenny

Sister Kenny

Director: Dudley Nichols, Rosalind Russell, Alexander Knox, Dean Jagger

Cast: Dudley Nichols, Rosalind Russell, Alexander Knox, Dean Jagger

     
 
We prefer Rosalind Russell when she's making us laugh; judging by such films as Mourning Becomes Electra and The Velvet Touch, Russell preferred herself in heavy dramatics. In Sister Kenny, Rosalind Russell is all grim determination and pursed lips as Elizabeth Kenny, tireless battler of infantile paralysis. It is in the Australian outback that

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We prefer Rosalind Russell when she's making us laugh; judging by such films as Mourning Becomes Electra and The Velvet Touch, Russell preferred herself in heavy dramatics. In Sister Kenny, Rosalind Russell is all grim determination and pursed lips as Elizabeth Kenny, tireless battler of infantile paralysis. It is in the Australian outback that nurse Kenny first confronts the debilitating illness. Forsaking her private life (as well as any romantic entanglements), Kenny battles with the medical establishment in order to bring her radical theories towards conquering the disease to the public. Her ultimate triumph is solidified upon the formation of Minneapolis' Kenny Institute. Based on Elizabeth Kenny's autobiography, A solid piece of film craftsmanship, Sister Kenny was the sort of glossy prestige picture that always made Hollywood look good in the eyes of its staunchest critics; it was also the sort of picture that almost invariably lost a fortune at the box office (Sister Kenny took a bath to the tune of $660,000).

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Covering over four decades, Sister Kenny gave Rosalind Russell the kind of showy dramatic part that she relished, and she ran with it. Ageing very believably (and agreeably), Russell is the solid anchor that holds the film together. She believably displays the strength of character required of her, but varies her performance so that it doesn't fall into the deadly dull pit that encircles many virtuous characters in films of the period. Her fiery spirit is put to good use, memorably in the setpiece scene in which she confronts Dr. Brack in an operating observation room filled with students. If some of Russell's performance is clearly acting, that's less due to the actress than to the screenplay; portions of the script call for good old fashioned drama, and Russell delivers. Interestingly, the screenplay also has a (for the time) feminist bent to it, which adds an unusual flavor. The narrative also stumbles occasionally, and directors Lumsden Hare and Dudley Nichols allow the pacing to drag occasionally; they're a bit too reverent to the subject for the film's own good. But overall, Sister Kenny is an involving and inspirational film, and an excellent showcase for the gifted Russell.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/07/2015
UPC:
0888574143718
Original Release:
1946
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Time:
1:56:00
Sales rank:
23,900

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rosalind Russell Elizabeth Kenny
Alexander Knox Dr. Aeneas McDonnell
Dean Jagger Kevin Connors
Philip Merivale Dr. Brack
Beulah Bondi Mary Kenny
Charles Dingle Michael Kenny
Dorothy Peterson Agnes
John Litel Medical Director
Doreen McCann Dorrie
Fay Helm Mrs. McIntyre
Charles Kemper Mr. McIntyre
Gertrude Astor Actor
Lee Bonnell Reporter
Egon Brecher Frenchman
Virginia Brissac Mrs. Johnson
Ellen Corby Actor
Franklin Farnum Doctor
Charles Halton Mr. Smith
Lumsden Hare Dr. Shadrack
Gloria Holden Mrs. McDonnell
Lloyd Ingraham Farmer
Alan Lee Farm Hand
Nan Leslie Nurse
Doris Lloyd Matron
David Martinson Cobbler
Frank Reicher Chuter
Paul Stanton Dr. Gideon
Regis Toomey Actor
Daphne Moore Waitress
Mary Gordon Actor
Karolyn Grimes Actor
Brandon Hurst Actor

Technical Credits
Dudley Nichols Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Constantin Bakaleinikoff Musical Direction/Supervision
Travis Banton Costumes/Costume Designer
George Barnes Cinematographer
Albert S. D'Agostino Art Director
William Flannery Art Director
Roland Gross Editor
Milton Gunzberg Screenwriter
Alexander Knox Screenwriter
Mary McCarthy Screenwriter
Harley Miller Set Decoration/Design
Clem Portman Sound/Sound Designer
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design
Alexander Tansman Score Composer
Vernon Walker Special Effects
A. Earl Wolcott Sound/Sound Designer

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