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A Child Is Born (1939)

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79 min | Drama

A maternity ward, staffed by sympathetic nurses, serves mothers-to-be from all walks of life. These include a happy mother of a large family; a secretly-married teenager who thinks their parents won't approve of either their children's ...See moreA maternity ward, staffed by sympathetic nurses, serves mothers-to-be from all walks of life. These include a happy mother of a large family; a secretly-married teenager who thinks their parents won't approve of either their children's marriage or baby; a woman who is trying for a living child despite a history of stillbirths; a showgirl who doesn't want a child, and who is shocked to find she is having twins; and a convicted murderess whose husband is forced to choose between saving her or the baby. Written by afsnowbird See less
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Director
Writers
Mary M. Axelson (based on the play by) (as Mary McDougal Axelson) | Robert Rossen (screen play)
Composer
Heinz Roemheld (as H. Roemheld)
Cinematographer
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Gross (US & Canada)
$40,500
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Release date
Jan 6, 1940 (United States)

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Geraldine Fitzgerald
Grace Sutton Grace Sutton   See fewer
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Jeffrey Lynn
Jed Sutton Jed Sutton   See fewer
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Gladys George
Florette Florette   See fewer
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Gale Page
Miss Bowers Miss Bowers   See fewer
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Spring Byington
Mrs. West Mrs. West   See fewer
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Johnnie Davis
Ringer Banks Ringer Banks   See fewer
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Henry O'Neill
Dr. Lee Dr. Lee   See fewer
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John Litel
Dr. Brett Dr. Brett   See fewer
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Gloria Holden
Mrs. Kempner Mrs. Kempner   See fewer
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Johnny Downs
Johnny Norton Johnny Norton   See fewer
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Eve Arden
Miss Pinty Miss Pinty   See fewer
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Fay Helm
The Woman The Woman   See fewer
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Louis Jean Heydt
Mr. Kempner Mr. Kempner   See fewer
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Nanette Fabray
Gladys Norton (as Nanette Fabares) Gladys Norton (as Nanette Fabares)   See fewer
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Jean Sharon
Mrs. Banks Mrs. Banks   See fewer
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Hobart Cavanaugh
Mr. West Mr. West   See fewer
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George Irving
Dr. Cramm Dr. Cramm   See fewer
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Nella Walker
Mrs. Twitchell Mrs. Twitchell   See fewer
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Winifred Harris
Mrs. Holt Mrs. Holt   See fewer
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Dorothy Adams
Nurse (uncredited) Nurse (uncredited)   See fewer
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Marie Blake
Ethel - Reception Nurse (uncredited) Ethel - Reception Nurse (uncredited)   See fewer
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Sidney Bracey
Third Drugstore Clerk (uncredited) Third Drugstore Clerk (uncredited)   See fewer
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Virginia Brissac
Mr. Norton's Mother (uncredited) Mr. Norton's Mother (uncredited)   See fewer
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Buz Buckley
Edgar West - The Little Tot (uncredited) Edgar West - The Little Tot (uncredited)   See fewer
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Georgia Caine
Mrs. Norton's Mother (uncredited) Mrs. Norton's Mother (uncredited)   See fewer
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Joan Carroll
Little Girl (uncredited) Little Girl (uncredited)   See fewer
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Georgie Cooper
Elderly Lady Frightened By Toy (uncredited) Elderly Lady Frightened By Toy (uncredited)   See fewer
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Esther Dale
Prison Matron (uncredited) Prison Matron (uncredited)   See fewer
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Edgar Dearing
Police Sergeant (uncredited) Police Sergeant (uncredited)   See fewer
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Edward Gargan
Officer Riley - Police Guard (uncredited) Officer Riley - Police Guard (uncredited)   See fewer
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Sol Gorss
Intern in Gallery (uncredited) Intern in Gallery (uncredited)   See fewer
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Eddie Graham
Elderly Lady's Chauffeur (uncredited) Elderly Lady's Chauffeur (uncredited)   See fewer
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Creighton Hale
Elevator Operator (uncredited) Elevator Operator (uncredited)   See fewer
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Sibyl Harris
Flower Woman (uncredited) Flower Woman (uncredited)   See fewer
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William Hopper
Intern Going to See Operation (uncredited) Intern Going to See Operation (uncredited)   See fewer
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Owen King
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Charles Marsh
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Frank Mayo
Policeman (uncredited) Policeman (uncredited)   See fewer
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George Meeker
Mr. Harry Laverne (uncredited) Mr. Harry Laverne (uncredited)   See fewer
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Carlyle Moore Jr.
Intern Typing Blood (uncredited) Intern Typing Blood (uncredited)   See fewer
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Frances Morris
Nurse (uncredited) Nurse (uncredited)   See fewer
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George O'Hanlon
Young Husband (uncredited) Young Husband (uncredited)   See fewer
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Garry Owen
First Drugstore Clerk (uncredited) First Drugstore Clerk (uncredited)   See fewer
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John J. Richardson
Intern Stopping Jed (uncredited) Intern Stopping Jed (uncredited)   See fewer
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John Ridgely
Intern Going to See Operation (uncredited) Intern Going to See Operation (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jeffrey Sayre
Second Drugstore Clerk (uncredited) Second Drugstore Clerk (uncredited)   See fewer
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Don Turner
Intern with Dr. Lee (uncredited) Intern with Dr. Lee (uncredited)   See fewer
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Marie Wells
Nurse (uncredited) Nurse (uncredited)   See fewer
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Claude Wisberg
Messenger (uncredited) Messenger (uncredited)   See fewer
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Maris Wrixon
Information Girl (uncredited) Information Girl (uncredited)   See fewer
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6.2 / 10 | 143 votes