Anna Neagle gives one of her finest performances in a moving study of Florence Nightingale’s fight to improve conditions for soldiers wounded in the Crimean War. Directed by Herbert Wilcox, The Lady with a Lamp co-stars Neagle’s regular screen partner Michael Wilding and is presented in a brand-new High Definition transfer from the original film elements in its as-exhibited aspect ratio.
A landowner’s daughter, drawn to nursing by her strong faith, travels to Turkey to care for British soldiers wounded in the Crimea. Appalled by the squalid conditions that are claiming more lives than the fighting itself, she devotes her energies to the drive to improve care and sanitation. As a woman in the mid-nineteenth century, it is not the only battle she will face but her tireless campaign of reform will lay the foundation for modern nursing, and make her a national icon.
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