MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 72,083 this week

While the Patient Slept (1935)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Mystery  |  9 March 1935 (USA)
6.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.2/10 from 151 users  
Reviews: 11 user | 2 critic

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 »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay), 2 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 5106 titles
created 12 Oct 2012
 
a list of 151 titles
created 10 Jan 2013
 
a list of 4468 titles
created 15 Jan 2013
 
a list of 1152 titles
created 06 Aug 2013
 
a list of 6727 titles
created 03 Dec 2013
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: While the Patient Slept (1935)

While the Patient Slept (1935) on IMDb 6.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of While the Patient Slept.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

When his fiancée Valentine dumps him, prominent lawyer Geoffrey Sherwood goes on a bender and winds up married to a stranger, Miriam Brady. They decide to give their marriage a chance. ... See full summary »

Director: Alfred E. Green
Stars: Bette Davis, Ian Hunter, Colin Clive
Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Millionaire turned composer Dick Powell rescues unemployed Broadway people with a new play.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: Warren William, Joan Blondell, Aline MacMahon
Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Crotchety hospital administrator Peter Melady, self-proclaimed developer of a new wonder anaesthetic, is about to undergo a delicate operation to be performed by the glib Dr. Leo Harrigan, ... See full summary »

Director: Frank McDonald
Stars: Ricardo Cortez, Kay Linaker, John Eldredge
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

An ex-plumber finds major success as a manufacturer, but while he now has increased wealth with which to provide for his family, his new high-class social life provides him no time with them.

Director: William Keighley
Stars: Aline MacMahon, Guy Kibbee, Patricia Ellis
Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Bayard Thatcher is blackmailing the family into which he has married. He demands $25,000 by the next night or else he will tell about shady deals and family skeletons. That is the price the... See full summary »

Director: Frank McDonald
Stars: Lyle Talbot, Marguerite Churchill, Claire Dodd
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

An under-appreciated mother inherits a fortune and abandons her family.

Director: Alfred E. Green
Stars: Aline MacMahon, Guy Kibbee, Hugh Herbert
Babbitt (1934)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Middle aged George F. Babbitt is a leading citizen in the town of Zenith, the fastest growing community in America according to its town sign. George is a large part of that growth as a ... See full summary »

Director: William Keighley
Stars: Aline MacMahon, Guy Kibbee, Claire Dodd
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Sam Preston is a small-town newspaper publisher who suffers from wanderlust. Leaving his family (wife Ellen, two daughters and a son,) he thinks well-provided for, he packs a suitcase and ... See full summary »

Director: William Keighley
Stars: Aline MacMahon, Guy Kibbee, Tom Brown
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Aline MacMahon ...
Guy Kibbee ...
...
Ross Lonergan
Patricia Ellis ...
March Federie - Richard's Granddaughter
...
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
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Mystery

Certificate:

Approved
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

9 March 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Clue Club #2: While the Patient Slept  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

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.
See more »

Connections

Followed by Mystery House (1938) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Routine, Tidy -- And Love That Nurse!
30 January 2006 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

This is among the better entries in the comedy/mystery genre popular in the 1940s. No one liked the person murdered. Many people had reason to do him or her in. All are assembled in creepy surroundings.

Apart from a plot that's easy and logical, what sets this apart is Aline MacMahon. She plays a nurse who happens to be in the house and who helps the police solve the crime.

MacMahon was unique in Hollywood history. Though only in her thirties here, she was already playing an old maid. Yet she had an occasional fling at glamor roles. And she was an exceptionally good actress, with a haunting beauty.

Her rather heavy-lidded eyes seem to bore right through her co-players, here as elsewhere. ZaSu Pitts had a somewhat parallel career. But at least Erich Von Stroheim saw her as a beauty and a great actress.

Maybe MacMahon really couldn't have done it. But I think she had the potential for far greater roles than she was given. As strange as this probably sounds, I can see her, decades later, as the tragic Mary Tyrone in "Long Day's Journey Into Night." (She would surely have been better than Katharine Hepburn, an actress, I often liked, in that role.)


4 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Earlier movie in series? vaneyck
great old movie sjankis630
Discuss While the Patient Slept (1935) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?