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While the Patient Slept (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Mystery | 9 March 1935 (USA)
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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Aline MacMahon ...
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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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Clue Club #2: While the Patient Slept  »

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Quotes

Elihu Dimuck: Let me go! Let me Go! Are you insane, O'Leary?
Nurse Sarah Keate: [to O'Leary] Don't let the question embarrass you.
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Remade as The Nurse's Secret (1941) See more »

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Jolly Classic "Light Mystery"
23 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I ran across this movie on TCM. It is a wonderful classic 30's mystery. Typical of the genre and period, it is not very demanding, entertaining with great chemistry between Aline MacMahon and Guy Kibbee.

Not Sommerset Maugham here, just fun and light humor. I had never heard of this series until today. I love light mysteries like the Thin Man Series and the Charlie Chan series. When I am stressed out, I can put one of these "light mysteries" on and just sit back and let the entertainment flow over me. I almost never know "who done it" and the characters, while light weight, are always entertaining.

I am thrilled to "discover" a new series.

Just grab the popcorn and enjoy!


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