Nurse Edith Cavell
One of the most acclaimed real-life dramas of the 1930s, this story of the nurse who inspired compassion and tolerance in a time of war was the perfect role for Anna Neagle.
Nurse Cavell’s Brussels hospital cared for friend and foe alike. When she helps organise safe passage to Holland for an escaped English POW, Cavell embarks on a plan to help allied forces that saved dozens of lives, but also sealed her fate. Ultimately an anti-war film, ‘Nurse Edith Cavell’ eschews battle scenes to focus on the grim misfortunes of those caught in the maelstrom of conflict. It remains a moving and memorable film and captures the essence of Neagle’s screen appeal.