That Mothers Might Live

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That Mothers Might Live is a 1938 American short drama film directed by Fred Zinnemann. In 1939, at the 11th Academy Awards, it won an Oscar for Best Short Subject (One-Reel). The short is a brief account of Hungarian physician Ignaz Semmelweis and... read more

That Mothers Might Live is a 1938 American short drama film directed by Fred Zinnemann. In 1939, at the 11th Academy Awards, it won an Oscar for Best Short Subject (One-Reel). The short is a brief account of Hungarian physician Ignaz Semmelweis and his discovery of the need for cleanliness in 19th century maternity wards, thereby significantly decreasing maternal mortality, and of his struggle to gain acceptance of his idea.

Original Release

04/30/1938

US Release

04/30/1938

Cast

Shepperd Strudwick Dr. Semmelweis
John Nesbitt Self - Narrator / Narrator (voice)
Rudolph Anders Doctor
King Baggot Passerby
William Bailey Passerby
Barbara Bedford Nun Reading Book
Ralph Brooks Medical Student at Lecture
Mary Howard Young Stricken Mother
Leonard Penn Semmelweis' Assistant
Beatrice Roberts Passerby
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Fred Zinnemann

Writers

Herman Boxer

Cast

Shepperd Strudwick Dr. Semmelweis
John Nesbitt Self - Narrator / Narrator (voice)
Rudolph Anders Doctor
King Baggot Passerby
William Bailey Passerby
Barbara Bedford Nun Reading Book
Ralph Brooks Medical Student at Lecture
Mary Howard Young Stricken Mother
Leonard Penn Semmelweis' Assistant
Beatrice Roberts Passerby
Edward Van Sloan Hospital Chief of Staff
E. Alyn Warren Professor

Producers

1939OscarBest Short Subject, One-reel Won
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