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No Time for Tears

6.31 h 22 min1960PG
Anna Neagle, George Baker, Anthony Quayle take and Sylvia Syms star in this story of a beautiful young nurse at the very beginning of her career. It is a moving, sympathetic portrayal of the challenges faced by all those who enter this most demanding yet rewarding of professions - from routine operations to more serious conditions, from anxious, sometimes hostile parents to workplace romance.
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4.6 out of 5 stars

52 global ratings

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London LadyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 March 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
You can't go round abducting children, Matron. Wonderful Weepie in gorgeous colour
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DVD QUALITY: A beautifully restored Eastmancolor print, which is vibrant without being garish. It also preserves the original Cinemascope format, ie, letter-boxed with black borders at the top and bottom of the screen. Good sound, no subtitles. Extras: A trailer, PDF materials and an Image Gallery which brings out the 1950s magazine feel of the movie.

FILM: This is a 'star-studded' medical drama, set in a children's hospital in 1957, which manages to be genuinely moving without too much cliché and sentimentality. Yes, all the expected dramas are here: one little boy's life hangs in the balance, another child dies, and a young nurse, played by the lovely Sylvia Syms, struggles to control her emotions until she learns that there's no time for tears when you are in the business of restoring young children to health. Meantime, Matron, nicely played by Anna Neagle, refuses to return two young children to their abusive home, but will she be allowed to adopt them? Adrienne Posta, later of 'Up The Junction' fame, gives a particularly touching performance as Cathy, one of these children. There's also romance, comedy and a Christmas pantomime performed by the staff to look forward to. All of this could have become rather tedious, even mawkish, but is lifted to another level by the excellent cast, and the skilled direction and editing. Other notable members of the cast include Anthony Quayle, Michael Hordern and George Baker as doctors, and Flora Robson, Joan Sims and Joan Hickson as nursing staff.
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FilmbuffUKReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 April 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Endearing, charming, not predictable
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I admit that I was somewhat sceptical, prior to buying this film, because I wasn't entirely certain that it would be anything other than a re-run of other, similar titles, with clichés and the typical happy endings. However, I was mistaken and, as the film developed, I found myself captivated.

Undoubtedly, there was a feel of nostalgia and old-English charm, woven deeply into the fabric of the stories of a children's hospital. The stories are believable, but there is the slight feeling of "everything will turn out alright in the end". The staff are all terribly English and appear perfect in every respect. However, let me not be over cynical; it is a film and very much reflects the times and it is also uplifting for anyone whose children were in hospital at the time. How delightfully innocent times were, when a young boy could cycle into the beautiful grounds of this hospital, run to the bedside of his twin brother, who was due to have an Appendectomy the next day, and be allowed to stay with him. How good to see that the film wasn't so predictable and that the correct twin was operated on. I was pleased about that.

I admit, I was surprised to see Sir Anthony Quayle in the part of the senior surgeon, playing alongside Sylvia Syms. I kept wondering if one of them would dash out to "Kat1e", only to find one of its springs broken, covered in sand.

Overall, I felt more drawn into the film, as it progressed, finding that it wasn't predictable and there was an overall tone of reality mixed in with the almost dream-like qualities. If only all hospitals were like that.

The film was mainly shot at what was Seafield Children's Hospital, Ayr, in Scotland. Unfortunately, as happens so often with these places, it was badly neglected and run-down, becoming no more than a shell, after a number of fires. The last I could find of it it had been spared the wrecker's ball, but was awaiting redevelopment into flats and a housing estate. No longer will any little boy or girl cycle up to the doors of a lovely old building. Modern hospitals are all plastic, white walls, strict rules and policies that chuck people out as soon as practically possible.

Definitely worth watching - at the very least once.
13 people found this helpful
nelson allenReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 October 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
No Time for Tears
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A heartwarming story of children in hospital. Deals with drunk mother who beats her daughter, husband in merchant marine. That's just one of the problems the nurses and doctors have to deal with in this country hospital.
!950s cosy, no problem too difficult to solve type of film.
I enjoyed the nostalgia and the simpler, more drug-free world we had in the 1950s; till the pop scene took off in the 1960s. Drugs popularised by The Beatles!
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J. OsborneReviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 May 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
A beautiful echo of the not so distant past
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I remember seeing this film so many years ago. The acting is superb and the different stories of the children and the medical staff are woven together with ease. This is a real echo of the past in the film world and in the world of medicine, both of which are so very different now. Loved it.
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Eva SzokeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 October 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
A nice dream
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I wish hospitals would be like this! Unfortunately, they are not - so this is a good reminder that things could be more humane if we tried.
However, it`s a nice story with good acting and a lovely end for a few happy tears.
3 people found this helpful
boatjudeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 September 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Lovely film
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Lovely film. A true feeling of the times. Will be watching it again.
Ms Mary ScanlanReviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 March 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Nostalgic film set in a hospital
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I remember thus film from years ago and just had to have it! Nostalgic, quaint view of hospitals and nursing, some great stars in it.
Shirley BaxterReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 October 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
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Brilliant DVD which bought back a happy memory when my Mum and sister went to see the film when I was a child. My sister was delighted to borrow it
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