Director Herbert Wilcox
Music director Anthony Collins
Country United Kingdom
Story by Reginald Berkeley
|Cast Anna Neagle (Florence Nightingale), Michael Wilding (Sidney Herbert (Lord Herbert of Lea)), Gladys Young (Mrs. Bracebridge), Felix Aylmer (Lord Palmerston), Julian D\'Albie (Mr. Bracebridge), Julian D\'Albie (W. E. Gladstone)|
Release date 29 October 1951
Based on play by Reginald Berkeley
Writer Reginald Berkeley (play), Warren Chetham Strode
Related Herbert Wilcox movies
Similar The White Angel (1936 film), Victoria the Great, The Courtneys of Curzon Street
The Lady With A Lamp is a 1951 British historical film directed by Herbert Wilcox and starring Anna Neagle, Michael Wilding and Felix Aylmer. The film depicts the life of Florence Nightingale and her work with wounded British soldiers during the Crimean War.
Illustrating the political complexities the hard-headed nurse had to battle in order to achieve sanitary medical conditions during the Crimean War. Opposed in the uppermost circles of British government because she is "merely" a woman, Florence Nightingale is championed by the Hon. Sidney Herbert (Michael Wilding), minister of war. Herbert pulls strings to allow Nightingale and her nursing staff access to battlefield hospitals, and in so doing changes the course of medical history.
TV Guide gave the film three out of four stars, and noted, "the contrast in settings--between stately British homes and the squalor of the hospital--focuses the viewer's attentions on what the real battles were. Honorable mention should be given to Lewthwaite's editing of the war sequences."; while Leonard Maltin also gave the film three out of four stars, noting a "Methodical recreation of 19th- century nurse-crusader Florence Nightingale, tastefully enacted by Neagle."; while Variety observed, "Anna Neagle adds another portrait to her screen gallery of famous women. Her characterization of Florence Nightingale is a sincerely moving study...Michael Wilding is not too happily cast as Sidney Herbert, War Minister. Within limitations, he makes the best of this part. The strong feature cast includes Felix Aylmer, with an exceptionally good study of Lord Palmerston. Herbert Wilcox, as always, directs in a plain, straightforward manner."