Released in the closing months of the Second World War, this film explores the work of the army nurse in part from the perspective of a wounded soldier. Intended to be shown to a variety of audiences including servicemen, nurses, and potential recruits to nursing, it has a reassuring message about the skill and effectiveness of the army nursing service. It also comforts its audiences with a story about the therapeutic uses of femininity. The film opens with a soldier wounded in action. Coming out of delirium, the first person he sees is a female army nurse, who smiles and winks at him. This therapeutic wink is the start of his road to recovery, and provides a cue for the narrator to talk about the uses of femininity in the healing process. The narrators explains that women mean safety, comfort, and home to the wounded man: the nurse’s touch and her voice instill hope.
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Received: (date unknown) as a donation from the U.S. Army.