A Child Is Born (1940)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Medical Drama  |   Release Date - Dec 7, 1939 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 73 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

A Child is Born is a remake of 1932's Life Begins, softened to conform to stricter movie censorship and lengthened to qualify as an "A" picture. The film is an episodic account of one particularly busy night in a maternity hospital. A generous portion of screen time is lavished on a gangster's moll (Geraldine Fitzgerald), about to give birth to her illegitimate baby. The young woman dies in childbirth, but other subplots end more happily. Even at 79 minutes, A Child is Born seems more padded and protracted than its 1932 predecessor--notably in a contrived sequence wherein the only surgeon qualified to perform a delicate operation is blinded in an accident.



baby, childbirth, doctor, hospital, maternity, moll, nurse, pregnancy