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The Murder of Dr. Harrigan (1936)

Approved  |   |  Mystery  |  11 January 1936 (USA)
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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 »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Kay Linaker ...
Sally Keating
John Eldredge ...
Dr. Harrigan
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Lillian Cooper
Joseph Crehan ...
Lieut. Lamb
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Dr. Coate
Anita Kerry ...
Agnes Melady
Phillip Reed ...
Dr. Simon
Robert Strange ...
Peter Melady
Mary Treen ...
Nurse Margaret Brody
Bill Elliott ...
Kenneth Martin (as Gordon Elliott)
Don Barclay ...
Jackson - the Drunk
Johnny Arthur ...
Mr. Wentworth
Joan Blair ...
Ina Harrigan
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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, Melady's longtime mutual adversary. Police are called when the murdered body of Harrigan is found in an elevator, and Melady, last seen being wheeled on a gurney to surgery by Harrigan, has disappeared. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Clue Club #6: The Murder of Dr. Harrigan  »

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The part of Nurse Sally Keating was originally intended to be played by Mary Astor. When Astor refused to play the role, Warner Bros. signed Broadway actress Kay Linaker to play Keating (her film debut), and as punishment, the studio forced Astor to play a supporting part in the film. See more »

Quotes

Nurse Sally Keating: What do you expect to find at the morgue?
Doctor George Lambert: What do you usually find at a morgue?
Nurse Sally Keating: A lot of your patients!
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Remade as The Dark Stairway (1938) See more »

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The Lady In Red
(1935) (uncredited)
Music by Allie Wrubel
Lyrics by Mort Dixon
Sung a cappella by Don Barclay with modified lyrics
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Formulaic B-murder mystery notable only for Mary Astor...
19 July 2006 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

This is one of those typical fast-moving, harried murder mysteries involving the death of a doctor under unusual circumstances at a hospital full of suspects. Something about a formula he had developed in an uneasy partnership with another doctor--and his murder at the hands of someone who wanted that formula.

Only of interest because of RICARDO CORTEZ in the leading role as one of the helpful doctors who leads the detective to solve the case, and, in a brief supporting role, MARY ASTOR, who manages to make an interesting impression as a nurse who knows more than she's willing to tell. She makes more of an impression than KAY LINAKER who plays Cortez's romantic interest.

This is the sort of mystery fluff that played the lower half of double bills back in the '30s, watchable only for the fast pace and because of its "round up the usual suspects" kind of telling. Extremely dated, but amusing with enough plot complications to keep everyone guessing.


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