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While the Patient Slept (1935)

Approved  |   |  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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Complete credited cast:
Aline MacMahon ...
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


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 <>

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Comedy | Mystery






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9 March 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Clue Club #2: While the Patient Slept  »

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1.37 : 1
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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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Remade as The Nurse's Secret (1941) See more »

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Old dark house tale is entertaining if a bit implausible and clichéd...
23 December 2005 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Another little programmer from Warner Bros., complete with authentic old dark house ingredients--lots of atmospheric rain, thunder and lightning to tell a tale of a household full of jealous inhabitants, one of whom (the least likely, of course) is a murderer.

Aline McMahon does nicely as a proper nurse engaged to take care of an ill old man and soon finding herself deeply involved in solving the mystery. Guy Kibbe plays another one of his gruff but lovable detectives with dull-witted Allen Jenkins as his not too helpful sidekick.

Ray Enright was an old hand at directing these sort of things, a dependable director at Warner Bros. who gets some amiable results from a story which is a good mixture of humor and murderous doings. The finale has all the usual suspects gathered for the unveiling of the murderer--but none of it is quite convincing, even while it entertains and passes the time quickly.

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