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The Murder of Dr. Harrigan (1936)

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

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Nurse Sally Keating: George, you have proposed to me in many different ways, and many different places, but I'll only accept you in an environment fitting of your actions.
Doctor George Lambert: Oh yeah, where's that?
Nurse Sally Keating: The psychiatric ward!
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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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Clichéd 'B' Mystery
21 March 2012 | by (Ramsey, NJ) – See all my reviews

This picture was on TCM the other morning and the best that can be said is that it is over quickly. That, and the fact that if you are a 'movie sleuth' you have to figure out who the murderer is. But you can do that about halfway through the picture.

Two things strike you while watching this potboiler; first, the script is loaded with dialogue that is clichéd, trite and hackneyed - a great many lines that are cornball or just plain lame, no matter the time period. Second, the number of hospital practices that wouldn't pass muster today, for instance, a doctor wheeling his patient alone to the OR late at night for an operation he rescheduled, while wearing a suit and tie. Or people smoking all over the hospital, mostly in patients rooms.

The plot itself isn't too bad but the picture has a lot of nondescript, unattractive actors, the exception being the chipper, good-natured presence of Ricardo Cortez. But he, like everybody else, seems unaffected and unfazed by the murders occurring throughout the hospital. Check out the stiff and go about your business, nothing to see here.

But after all, it is a B picture. Maybe I was expecting too much but I can't get excited about this one. I would recommend it only to hardcore mystery fans who aren't too particular.


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