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A Child Is Born (1939)

A maternity ward, staffed by sympathetic nurses, serves mothers-to-be from all walks of life. These include a happy mother of a large family; a secretly-married teenager who thinks their ... See full summary »

Director:

Lloyd Bacon

Writers:

Mary M. Axelson (based on the play by) (as Mary McDougal Axelson), Robert Rossen (screen play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Geraldine Fitzgerald ... Grace Sutton
Jeffrey Lynn ... Jed Sutton
Gladys George ... Florette
Gale Page ... Miss Bowers
Spring Byington ... Mrs. West
Johnnie Davis ... Ringer Banks
Henry O'Neill ... Dr. Lee
John Litel ... Dr. Brett
Gloria Holden ... Mrs. Kempner
Johnny Downs ... Johnny Norton
Eve Arden ... Miss Pinty
Fay Helm ... The Woman
Louis Jean Heydt ... Mr. Kempner
Nanette Fabray ... Gladys Norton (as Nanette Fabares)
Jean Sharon Jean Sharon ... Mrs. Banks
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A maternity ward, staffed by sympathetic nurses, serves mothers-to-be from all walks of life. These include a happy mother of a large family; a secretly-married teenager who thinks their parents won't approve of either their children's marriage or baby; a woman who is trying for a living child despite a history of stillbirths; a showgirl who doesn't want a child, and who is shocked to find she is having twins; and a convicted murderess whose husband is forced to choose between saving her or the baby. Written by afsnowbird

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 January 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Quando a Vida Começa See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$40,500, 24 January 1940
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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Tucson Tuesday 25 September 1956 on KDWI (Channel 9); it first aired in Los Angeles Wednesday 10 October 1956 on KNXT (Channel 2), in Indianapolis Thursday 11 October 1956 on WISH (Channel 8), in Los Angeles Sunday 2 December 1956 on KNXT (Channel 2), and in Wichita Tuesday 8 January 1957 on KAKE (Channel 10). See more »

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Version of Life Begins (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

My Melancholy Baby
(1911) (uncredited)
Music by Ernie Burnett
Lyrics by George A. Norton
Sung a cappella by Gladys George
Reprised by her when she gets to hold her baby
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Fine Remake
28 August 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Nice tearjerker with a good cast centers on a hospital maternity ward and the various expectant mothers there. Among the moms-to-be are Geraldine Fitzgerald, Gladys George, Gloria Holden, and Spring Byington. Gale Page holds it all together as the sympathetic head nurse. Rest of the cast includes Jeffrey Lynn, Eve Arden, John Litel, and Johnnie Davis. This is a remake of a great Pre-Code film called Life Begins, which starred Loretta Young. That film was grittier and less glossy than this one. Frankly, I like it more although this one is certainly enjoyable. I recommend checking them both out to see two different approaches to the same material.


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