Parachute Nurse (1942)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Combat Films  |   Run Time - 63 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

Though released before Atlantic Convoy, Columbia's Parachute Nurse didn't make it to New York until after Convoy had already made the rounds. Typical of Columbia's B-grade wartime melodramas, the film trots out the old "girls in training" plot device that the studio would later apply to films about policewomen and airline stewardesses. Among the lissome lovelies training to be parachute nurses are Marguerite Chapman, Louise Allbritton, Kay Harris, Catherina Craig and Shirley Patterson, all of whom emerge from their grueling responsibilities looking as fresh as if they'd spent the afternoon at the beauty parlor. The film's dramatic conflict arises from the presence of a German-American nurse whose brother is currently fighting for the Nazis; also thickening the plot is nurse Glenda White's (Marguerite Chapman) sudden attack of nerves as she's make her first parachute chump. William Wright, a newcomer to films, plays the nominal male lead; Wright would later move to PRC, where he briefly starred in that studio's Philo Vance series.



war, doctor/nurse, parachute, training, woman, train [locomotive]