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"Lonely Are The Brave (Bush Nurse)"
Fortunately, Nurse Kenny wasn't so lonely her advances in medicine didn't survive to become basis for today's physical therapy. As biographies go, 'Sister Kenny' is a good one with top talent all around. Especially memorable is meet between little 'Dorrie' and boy on crutches. But even in a focused film, enclaves of story within the primary add dimensions that have viewers coming back, domains too few here. The dedication in the face of arrogant professionalism is admired throughout, even as that message has not taken root in cultures governed by cliques, licensed and otherwise. What grows to blossom in the heart are the fears, then hope in the eyes of parents & children afflicted, and the caring scientists who engage the turf battle (3 of 4 stars).
Rosalind Russell is amazing
This fim is inspirational and moving. Rosalind Russell is bigger than life in this part. It rivals her role in Auntie Mame because she plays a woman who knows herself, her values, her abilities. It's as endearing as any film she ever made.
- Mona Holbrook
I have been trying to locate a copy of this movie for several years. I am a nurse anesthetist. I graduated nursing school in 1964 fifty years ago. This movie is the greatest example of nursing, courage and heart I have ever seen and I want to share it with all my family and colleagues. Please make it available to the public.
I joined the movie 20 minutes in and I couldn't flip the channel if I wanted to. What an extrodinary movie! Nurse Kenny used her common sense and knowledge of muscle/brain connection to save children's lives but was shunned in three countries because she was first, a woman; second, a mere nurse; and third, did not follow common debilitating practices accepted by male dominated medical associations. My esteem for Rosalind Russell increased when post-film commentary described the efforts on her part to make this film. Sister Kenney should be required viewing in schools. Thank you, Turner Classic Movies!!! You never disappoint!
one of the best movies i have ever seen.
- kathleen newell
i remember it as a kid and loved it more today.
- Ruth Albright
This is a wonderful picture. Roz Russel did a superb job portraying Sister Kenny, showing perseverance in a time of mostly all male doctors of that time, and her dedication to bringing health and strength with the ability to walk again to children without the use of braces during a time when polio was running rampant through-out the world.I hope TCM will bring this picture out on DVD. I have waited a long time to be able to purchase it..
- Carolyn H.
This is one of the most outstanding films made! I love everything about it, the truth in this story is captivating, the acting by Rosalind Russell is wonderful and the photography pulls you in. Why isn't this in DVD?
Sister Kenny (1946)
- James Higgins
The outstanding performance from Rosalind Russell as a very dedicated nurse, makes this film work beautifully. It is a bit too melodramatic, but it's always engrossing and interesting. A fine film.
a woman in a man's world
rosalind russell frequently performed roles as strong willed and very bright women. sister is one such character. she's a woman in medicine, a man's world at that time in history. her work was dismissed by medical men probably because she was 'only' a woman. russell had a type of authoritative presence on film. she projected images of women who were survivors, independent, very resourceful when using humor to get what she wanted and quite determined to achieve her goals. these were extremely empowering images of women. they were enormously influential in helping women achievea more equal status. sister kenny stays in mind whenver I think of a figure who made a deep impression of people's minds.
My mother is a polio survivor. I recall watching this movie with her when I was a little girl. It has been a few years since I have last seen it; but my mom (now 75) and I were talking about this moving film today. I would love to purchase it for her for Christmas and am disappointed that it isn't available on DVD.
Sister Kenny on DVD ?
Just watched the movie for the first time on TCM. Being a strong movie buff, I did not want to move from my seat. I would love to add this to my DVD library but right now, no luck ! The movie really pulls you in and Ms Russell gives a great performance.
Talking about breaking the glass ceiling!!
- June Gill
Sister Kenney is an inspiration to all women in all generations.
- J. Locke
I was amazed to find that this film was based on a real nurse who used treatments that kept victims from being permanently damaged by polio. What a shame more doctors didn't embrace her methods.
- Nancy Chance
MISS RUSSELL IS A GREAT ACTRESS IN NURSE KENNY, ONE OF HER BEST. SHE IS A ONE OF A KIND IN ANY MOVIE SHE HAS MADE. I ENJOYED HER MOVIES INCLUDING ONE OF HER BEST YESTERDAY IN SOMETHING "WOMEN" SHE PLAYED A GOSSIP BIDDY ,FUNNY BUT WAS SO FANTASTIC TO WATCH. I ENJOY ANY MOVIE SHE IS IN.