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Life Begins (1932)

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71 min | Drama

At a maternity hospital, future fathers pace the corridors while their wives wait for their babies either anxiously or happily. Efficient and compassionate nurse Miss Bowers keeps the ward running smoothly. Things liven up when Grace ...See moreAt a maternity hospital, future fathers pace the corridors while their wives wait for their babies either anxiously or happily. Efficient and compassionate nurse Miss Bowers keeps the ward running smoothly. Things liven up when Grace Sutton is transferred from the prison where she is being held for murder. Most agree that the man she killed deserved to die, and Nurse Bowers sympathetically allows Grace's concerned husband Jed unlimited time with his wife. On the ward, the women have varied feelings about motherhood. Mrs. West, mother of six children, thinks babies are what give meaning to women's lives. In contrast, Florette, a showgirl, just wants to get rid of her twins as soon as possible. Miss Layton has decided opinions about child rearing and has no intention of being a doting mother. While the women debate their various theories, a woman who wants a baby so much that she has become demented wanders in from another ward. An Italian woman quietly sobs when she learns that her newborn has died. After a touching farewell with Jed, Grace, whose health has suffered from prison conditions, is taken into the labor room. While Jed waits anxiously, Florette is appalled by the plans that the prospective adoptive mother of her twins has concocted. She cradles one baby herself and discovers mother love. Miss Layton has also given up on her progressive plans for her baby. Down the hall, things are going badly for Grace. When the doctors ask Jed to choose between saving Grace or the baby, he chooses Grace, but she herself insists that the doctors operate and save the baby. After she dies, Jed refuses to see the baby girl, but wise Nurse Bowers places the child in his arms, and as with the mothers, he cannot resist her charms. Written by Daniel Williams See less
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Mary M. Axelson (play) (as Mary McDougal Axelson) | Earl Baldwin (screen adaptation)
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Sep 10, 1932 (United States)

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29 cast members
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Loretta Young
Grace Sutton Grace Sutton   See fewer
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Eric Linden
Jed Sutton Jed Sutton   See fewer
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Aline MacMahon
Miss Bowers Miss Bowers   See fewer
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Glenda Farrell
Florette Darien Florette Darien   See fewer
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Clara Blandick
Mrs. West Mrs. West   See fewer
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Preston Foster
Dr. Brett Dr. Brett   See fewer
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Frank McHugh
Ringer Banks Ringer Banks   See fewer
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Walter Walker
Dr. Tubby Dr. Tubby   See fewer
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Hale Hamilton
Dr. Cramm Dr. Cramm   See fewer
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Vivienne Osborne
Mrs. McGilvary Mrs. McGilvary   See fewer
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Dorothy Peterson
A Patient A Patient   See fewer
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A.S. 'Pop' Byron
First Druggist (uncredited) First Druggist (uncredited)   See fewer
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Marjorie Campbell
Baby (uncredited) Baby (uncredited)   See fewer
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Frank Darien
Harry (uncredited) Harry (uncredited)   See fewer
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Donald Douglas
Medical Student in a Business Suit (uncredited) Medical Student in a Business Suit (uncredited)   See fewer
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Helena Phillips Evans
Mrs. Riggs, the Prison Matron (uncredited) Mrs. Riggs, the Prison Matron (uncredited)   See fewer
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Paul Fix
Anxious Expectant Father (uncredited) Anxious Expectant Father (uncredited)   See fewer
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Esther Howard
Mrs. Tubby's Friend (uncredited) Mrs. Tubby's Friend (uncredited)   See fewer
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Reginald Mason
Dr. Lee (uncredited) Dr. Lee (uncredited)   See fewer
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Herbert Mundin
Mr. MacGilvairy (uncredited) Mr. MacGilvairy (uncredited)   See fewer
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Elizabeth Patterson
Mrs. Tubby (uncredited) Mrs. Tubby (uncredited)   See fewer
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Mary Philips
Miss Pinty (uncredited) Miss Pinty (uncredited)   See fewer
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Terrance Ray
Medical Student Who Shrugs His Head (uncredited) Medical Student Who Shrugs His Head (uncredited)   See fewer
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Gilbert Roland
Tony, Rita's Husband (uncredited) Tony, Rita's Husband (uncredited)   See fewer
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Gloria Shea
Gladys Banks (uncredited) Gladys Banks (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ruthelma Stevens
Rose 'Rosie' Laughton (uncredited) Rose 'Rosie' Laughton (uncredited)   See fewer
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Dorothy Tree
Rita (uncredited) Rita (uncredited)   See fewer
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Bobs Watson
Edgar, Harry's Son (uncredited) Edgar, Harry's Son (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jack Wise
Medical Student (uncredited) Medical Student (uncredited)   See fewer
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6.6 / 10 | 314 votes