White Parade, The (1934): Irving Cummings’ Oscar Nominated Hospital Melodrama, Starring Loretta Young

Starring Loretta Young, Irving Cummings’ hospital melodrama, “The White Parade,” based on a script by Sonya Levien and Ernest Pascal, centers on the lives and times of a group of student nurses.

The cast also includes Jane Darwell, Frank Conroy, and Astrid Allwyn.

“The White Parade” was part of a Hollywood cycle of films about hospitals, doctors, and nurses, that also includes Richard Boleslavsky’s MGM superior melodrama “Men in White,” starring Clark Gable and Myrna Loy, which released in the same year.

Oscar Nominations: 2

Picture, produced by Jesse L. Lasky Sound Recording: Fox Sound Department, E. H. Hansen, sound director

Oscar Context

The White Parade competed for the Best Picture with eleven other films: The Barretts of Wimpole Street, Cleopatra, Flirtation Walk, The Gay Divorcee, Here Comes the Navy, The House of Rothchild, Imitation of Life, It Happened One Night, One Night of Love, The Thin Man, and Viva Villa!

Frank Capra’s comedy It Happened One Night swept most of the Oscars, including Best Picture.


Fox (Jesse L. Lasky Production)