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Director  Herbert Wilcox
Music director  Anthony Collins
Country  United Kingdom
6.8/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama
Story by  Reginald Berkeley
Duration  
Language  English
The Lady with the Lamp (film) movie poster
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  Anna Neagle appears in The Lady with the Lamp and Victoria the Great, Anna Neagle appears in The Lady with the Lamp and They Flew Alone, Anna Neagle appears in The Lady with the Lamp and Elizabeth of Ladymead, Anna Neagle appears in The Lady with the Lamp and Spring in Park Lane, Anna Neagle appears in The Lady with the Lamp and The Courtneys of Curzon Street

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.

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Plot

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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.

Partial cast

  • Anna Neagle as Florence Nightingale
  • Michael Wilding as Lord Herbert
  • Felix Aylmer as Lord Palmerston
  • Gladys Young as Mrs Bracebridge
  • Julian D'Albie as Mr Bracebridge
  • Arthur Young as William Gladstone
  • Edwin Styles as Mr Nightingale
  • Helen Shingler as Parthenope Nightingale
  • Rosalie Crutchley as Mrs Sidney Herbert
  • Clement McCallin as Richard M. Milnes
  • Helena Pickard as Queen Victoria
  • Peter Graves as Prince Albert
  • Sybil Thorndike as Miss Bosanquet
  • Monckton Hoffe as Lord Stratford
  • Cecil Trouncer as Sir Douglass Dawson
  • Critical reception

    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."

    References

    The Lady with a Lamp Wikipedia