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Nurse Marjorie

Nurse Marjorie
Nurse Marjorie poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed byWilliam Desmond Taylor
Written byJulia Crawford Ivers (adaptation, scenario)
Based onNurse Marjorie
by Israel Zangwill
StarringMary Miles Minter
CinematographyJames Van Trees
Distributed byRealart Pictures Corporation
Release date
  • April 4, 1920 (1920-04-04)
Running time
6 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

Nurse Marjorie is a 1920 American silent drama film directed by William Desmond Taylor and starring Mary Miles Minter. It is based on a 1906 play, Nurse Marjorie, by Israel Zangwill, with a scenario by Julia Crawford Ivers.[1] It is one of approximately a dozen of Minter's films know to survive today,[2] and one of even fewer readily available for the general public to view.[3]


Mary Miles Minter and Clyde Fillmore in "Nurse Marjorie" (1920)
Mary Miles Minter and Clyde Fillmore in "Nurse Marjorie" (1920)

As well as being readily available to view, the plot is described in various film magazine summaries and reviews.[4][5][6][7]

Lady Marjorie Killonan (Minter) is the headstrong Anglo-Irish daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Donegal. She has recently completed charitable work nursing the poor, but now intends to become a professional nurse to the rich. Her mother does not consider this an acceptable role for someone of her status, but her father is more supportive of her ambitions. In addition, her mother hopes to wed Marjorie to Lord Fitztrevor (Leigh), but a clearly disinterested Marjorie tells the lord that he must wait for her answer until she returns from her nursing work.

At the hospital, Marjorie's first two patients are Dick (Lee), a young orphan boy with a broken leg, and John Danbury (Fillmore), a Labour MP who has undergone an operation to correct a squint. Dick is smitten with Marjorie at first sight, but due to the homely nurse who attended to him before his operation, Danbury believes Marjorie to be exceedingly unattractive, and will not let her care for him. He quickly realises his error once his dressings are removed, and immediately falls in love with Marjorie, claiming that he is not yet fit to be discharged in a bid to spend more time in her company. He also becomes exceedingly jealous of the attention that Marjorie gives to his fellow patient, until he realises that this patient is a young boy and not a rival.

Before his is discharged Danbury proposes to Marjorie, but although she clearly returns his affections, she decides to test him first. She poses as the poor daughter of her old nurse Biddy O'Mulligan (Titus), who now runs a fish emporium. Even the sight of Marjorie frying fish in shabby clothes does not dissuade Danbury, although his parents attempt to buy off Marjorie, but when she tells him the truth about her parentage and status, her dishonesty causes him to end the engagement.

Shortly after this, Danbury is shot at a political rally and returns to hospital. When Marjorie reads of this, she rushes to his side to nurse him, rejecting Lord Fitztrevor in the process, and Danbury forgives her for her previous deception. This time it is Marjorie's mother who objects to her daughter's union with a Labour politician, but with a little persuasion from her father all doubts are overcome, and Marjorie and Danbury are free to wed.

The April 24th, 1920 edition of Motion Picture News lists a musical cue sheet for the film.[8]



  1. ^ "Mary Miles Minter to play Zangwill's "Nurse Marjorie"". Moving Picture World. New York City: Chalmers Publishing Company. 44 (1): [1]. April 3, 1920.
  2. ^ The Library of Congress/FIAF American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: Nurse Marjorie
  3. ^ Grapevine Video Mary Miles Minter - Nurse Marjorie
  4. ^ "Reviews: Nurse Marjorie". Wid's Daily. New York: Wid’s Film and Film Folks inc. 11 (87): 11. March 28, 1920.
  5. ^ "Reviews: Mary Miles Minter in Nurse Marjorie". Exhibitors Herald. Chicago: Exhibitors Herald Co. 10 (17): [2]. April 24, 1920.
  6. ^ "The Complete Plan Book: Nurse Marjorie". Motion Picture News. New York City: Motion Picture News, Inc. 21 (15): [3]. April 3, 1920.
  7. ^ "Latest Reviews and Comments: Nurse Marjorie". Moving Picture World. New York City: Chalmers Publishing Company. 44 (1): [4]. April 3, 1920.
  8. ^ "Music: Nurse Marjorie". Motion Picture News. New York City: Motion Picture News, Inc. 21 (18): [5]. April 24, 1920.
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