Sister Kenny (1946) - Rotten Tomatoes

Sister Kenny (1946)





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In this film, Rosalind Russell stars as Elizabeth Kenny, tireless battler of infantile paralysis. It is in the Australian outback that nurse Kenny first confronts the debilitating illness. Kenny battles with the medical establishment in order to bring her radical theories towards conquering the disease to the public.


Rosalind Russell
as Elizabeth Kenny
Dean Jagger
as Kevin Connors
Alexander Knox
as Dr. Aeneas McDonnell
Beulah Bondi
as Mary Kenny
Philip Merivale
as Dr. Brack
Charles Dingle
as Michael Kenny
John Litel
as Medical Director
Fay Helm
as Mrs. McIntyre
Charles Kemper
as Mr. McIntyre
Gloria Holden
as Mrs. McDonnell
Virginia Brissac
as Mrs. Johnson
Paul Stanton
as Dr. Gideon
Charles Halton
as Mr. Smith
Alan Lee
as Farm Hand
Egon Brecher
as Frenchman
Lumsden Hare
as Dr. Shadrack
Regis Toomey
as Reporter
Lee Bonnell
as Reporter
Daphne Moore
as Waitress
Gertrude Astor
as Doctor (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for Sister Kenny

All Critics (2)

Rosalind Russell received her second Best Actress Oscar nomination for this solemn but inspiring biopic of the heroic Aussie nurse.

April 11, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…

It works as inspirational entertainment.

November 6, 2007 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Sister Kenny

Good but slightly sappy story of a nun nurse who helps kids with disabilities. A bit ho hum I'm afraid although the acting is solid. Not a stretch for Rosalind Russell.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer


Inspiring story of the Australian nurse who bucked the system and arrogant short sighted doctors to effect real change in the treatment of polio. Roz is great in the title role.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Story of a nurse who develops a treatment for polio in the early 20th century. Of course even in 1946, they have Hollywooded up the movie. Kenny's methods are not accepted by the pig-headed doctors, and she has to fight for 30 years to get her methods accepted.

Red Lats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer

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