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While the Patient Slept (1935)

 -  Comedy | Mystery  -  9 March 1935 (USA)
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Grandfather is sick and the family and his lawyer gather around waiting for him to die. When he receives a telegram from his disinherited son, Charles, he passes out and a nurse, Sarah, ... See full summary »

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Ross Lonergan
Patricia Ellis ...
March Federie - Richard's Granddaughter
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Police Sgt. Jim Jackson
Robert Barrat ...
Adolphe Federie / Charles Federie
Hobart Cavanaugh ...
Eustace Federie
Dorothy Tree ...
Mittie Federie
Henry O'Neill ...
Elihu Dimuck
Russell Hicks ...
Dr. Jay
Helen Flint ...
Isobel Federie - Adolphe's Wife
Brandon Hurst ...
Grondal - the Butler
Eddie Shubert ...
Detective Muldoon
Walter Walker ...
Richard Federie
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Grandfather is sick and the family and his lawyer gather around waiting for him to die. When he receives a telegram from his disinherited son, Charles, he passes out and a nurse, Sarah, comes to the house to attend to him. His other two sons, Ross and Adolphe, quarrel over an outstanding loan. Later that night, Adolphe is murdered and the police are called. Everyone is lying and has their reasons. A mysterious man is seen on the property before Grondel, the Butler, is killed. When the reporters arrive, they write wild stories as O'Leary looks for the killer with little help from Det. Jackson. Sarah has nothing but wisecracks for O'Leary but does offer some clues to the identity of the murderer. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Nurse Sarah Keate: Well, this gets more and more like a fairy story - Cinderella's slipper found by her Prince Charming, except you weren't built for the part.
Detective Lt. Lance O'Leary: Well, I may not be a prince - just a detective.
Nurse Sarah Keate: You still overestimate yourself.
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Neat little comic mystery
26 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a good old-fashioned Thirties mystery, with comic turns from Guy Kibbee, Aline MacMahon, and Allen Jenkins doing his usual Sheldon Leonard- like one-step-behind sidekick cop. It's based on an early novel by Mignon G. Eberhart, who had a knack for implausible plotting that didn't matter because the action spun everything along at a nice clip. Nice to see Kibbee taking the spotlight, even if in a B movie, because he was such a stalwart supporting player, a familiar face in so many movies of the era. He and MacMahon play well off each other, even creating a bit of a romance, though MacMahon's Nurse Sarah Keate isn't quite as acerbic and witty as the character in the novel. However, the movie has its own charm, spiced with a bit of wackiness, and is a pleasant way to while away a little more than one hour.


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