An essential. Another gem of the pre-code career of Barbara Stanwyck (Double Indemnity), the queen of that era. And those who only know the 60’s and 70’s television version of Joan Blondell (Gold Diggers of 1933) also need to see this. ‘Wild’ Bill Wellman (The Public Enemy) was the director of Night Nurse, a lovely noir that also casts Clark Gable (Red Dust) as an attempted child murderer . . . in a role written for James Cagney (White Heat). Not only is such scandalous behavior present but also, student nurses in their underwear and an unapologetic execution. As he did frequently, Wellman pushed the code into a broom closet. Stanwyck plays a conflicted but courageous nurse, fighting for her patient alongside the less pure but equally assertive Blondell . . . a great female buddy picture. The DVD includes a great documentary on these liberated ladies of the 30’s, part of the Forbidden Hollywood series.