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Miss Pinkerton (1932)

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Scion of the once-rich Mitchell family, Herbert Wynn is found shot to death. Nurse Adams, bored by hospital routine, is recruited by the police to ferret out clues as she tends to Wynn's ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
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Nurse Adams, aka Miss Pinkerton
George Brent ...
Police Inspector Patten
Ruth Hall ...
Paula Brent
John Wray ...
Hugo
Elizabeth Patterson ...
Juliet Mitchell
C. Henry Gordon ...
Dr. Stuart
Holmes Herbert ...
Arthur Glenn
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Florence Lenz
Blanche Friderici ...
Mary
Mae Madison ...
Second Nurse
Allan Lane ...
Herbert Wynn (scenes deleted)
Nigel De Brulier ...
Coroner James A. Clemp (as Nigel de Brulier)
Eulalie Jensen ...
Miss Gibbons - Superintendent of Nurses
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lucien Littlefield ...
Henderson (scenes deleted)
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Scion of the once-rich Mitchell family, Herbert Wynn is found shot to death. Nurse Adams, bored by hospital routine, is recruited by the police to ferret out clues as she tends to Wynn's elderly aunt Julia. Jokingly given the 'rank' of Miss Pinkerson, after the famous detective agency, Adams probes into the mystery, but not before a second death. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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30 July 1932 (USA)  »

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The secret marriage license shows the names "Herbert Wynne" and "Paula Brent". In newspaper headline, the surname is spelled "Wynn". See more »

Quotes

Nurse Adams, aka Miss Pinkerton: Here's a dollar, keep the change.
Taxi Driver: There is no change.
Nurse Adams, aka Miss Pinkerton: Then we're even.
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Version of The Nurse's Secret (1941) See more »

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A fun twist on an old template
15 March 2010 | by (Bolton, Ct./Jersey City, NJ; United States) – See all my reviews

By the time MISS PINKERTON was made, Hollywood was starting to repeat themselves in their treatments of Mary Roberts Rinehart (first purveyor of the "little old lady detective" that Agatha Christie would perfect with her Miss Marple and Angela Lansbury would do to a fare thee well in her Jessica Fletcher character) and the stage based sets for their "old dark house" mysteries. From the very first shots of MISS PINKERTON, with long shadows cast on the facade of the house in question where murder is to be done (and done again?), we're back in the territory of THE BAT (aka The Spiral Staircase), Ms. Rinehart's most successful stage and film excursion.

As before, we have Ms. Rinehart's feisty "little old lady," Elizabeth Patterson as Juliet Mitchell, accompanied by a comic companion (in this case Nurse Adams played by Joan Blondell) and a host of potential suspects in her mysterious (and enormous) old house, but as film making technique has progressed in only a few years of sound (and Ms. Rinehart knew when to vary a successful template), this time we have a fun twist in casting the young comedienne as the lead and assistant to the fresh faced detective (George Brent as Inspector Patten on his "first case"), and the old lady as one of the potential suspects, thought to pass off a suicide as murder for the insurance money . . . or was it murder after all?

Blondell is at her youthful best, and the studio cast is crammed full of first class talent on their way up from C. Henry Gordon as Dr. Stuart to the briefest of shots of a young Walter Brennan as a Police Dispatcher at the beginning.

Modern action buffs may sniff that the atmospheric tale seems at times to be more about the enormous, detailed sets than the mystery itself, with unidentified characters sneaking in and up long back staircases, women screaming and the odd comic set piece (is the dog a clue?), but director Lloyd Bacon (the silent film actor turned director who had shepherded Cole Porter's 50 MILLION FRENCHMAN to the screen the year before with members of the Broadway cast but without Porter's songs and would mount the classic 42ND STREET *with* songs the next year, continuing to work into the 1950's!) keeps the action spinning for the barely hour (six minutes over) running time.

Bask in the details of life in the early depression era (before the details of life outside got too depressing) and have the good time this nicely layered film offers, seeing if you can keep the suspects and motivations straight even when murder is committed right in front of your eyes - and remember "it ain't over 'till it's over," and that isn't when it first appears!


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