Nurse Edith Cavell

Nurse Edith Cavell

Herbert Wilcox (1939)

PG Certificate


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English producer/director Herbert Wilcox's first Hollywood film is an account of Nurse Edith Cavell, the brave and self-sacrificing hero of the First World War who smuggled English soldiers out of German-occupied Belgium and was executed as a spy for her pains. Anna Neagle (Wilcox's wife), an actress not noted for her dramatic range, makes do with her natural regal dignity in a film that is sober, competent and dull, yet nevertheless quite affecting. Wilcox made a much stronger silent version of the story ten years earlier with Sybil Thorndike.


An English nurse stationed in German-occupied Brussels during the First World War helps prisoners of war to escape. Biopic, starring Anna Neagle and George Sanders.

Cast & Crew

Actor Anna Neagle
Actor George Sanders
Actor Edna May Oliver
Actor May Robson
Director Herbert Wilcox

Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Radio Pictures LtdAvailable on: DVD