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Lamp Still Burns, The (1943, Rosamund John, Stewart Granger)



This skilful adaptation of One Pair of Feet , Monica Dickens’ best-selling novel about her experiences as a nurse, cast Rosamund John as an architect who decides to become a nurse in wartime. She undergoes her training and, finding the discipline hard to take, fights for better hospital conditions. John falls for wounded airman Stewart Granger – but he is engaged to Margaret Vyner, also a patient in the hospital. Eventually John has to choose between her career and romance when she faces the hospital Board of Management over a breach of discipline.

The film vividly evokes hospital life and the sequence of an operation being performed during an air raid still carries considerable dramatic force. However the treatment is not entirely in documentary vein; as in Dickens’ novel, there is a great deal of humour and an engaging gallery of minor characters. Actor Leslie Howard, who produced this warm tribute to the nursing profession, died while completing the film.

production details
UK | GFD – Two Cities | 87 minutes | 1943
Director: Maurice Elvey
Script: Elizabeth Baron, Roland Pertwee, Major Neilson from One Pair of Feet by Monica Dickens,

Stewart Granger as Laurence Rains
Rosamund John as Hilary Clarke
Godfrey Tearle as Sir Marshall Freyne
Sophie Stewart as Christine Morris
Cathleen Nesbitt as The Matron
Margaret Vyner as Pamela Siddell
John Laurie as Mr. Hervey
Joan Maude as Sister Catley
Mignon O’Doherty as Sister Tutor
Leslie Dwyer as Siddons
Wylie Watson as Diabetic Patient
Eric Micklewood as Mr. Trevor