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That Mothers Might Live

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).[1][2][dead link] 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.[3]

That Mothers Might Live
Directed byFred Zinnemann
Produced byJohn Nesbitt
Written byHerman Boxer
StarringShepperd Strudwick
Music byDavid Snell
CinematographyHarold Rosson
Distributed byMGM
Release date
  • April 30, 1938 (1938-04-30)
Running time
10 minutes
CountryUnited States



  1. ^ "The 11th Academy Awards (1939) Nominees and Winners". Archived from the original on July 6, 2011. Retrieved August 10, 2011.
  2. ^ "New York Times: That Mothers Might Live". NY Times. Retrieved May 14, 2008.
  3. ^ "That Mothers Might Live". TopTenREVIEWS. Archived from the original on April 12, 2013. Retrieved February 1, 2013.

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