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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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Sally Keating
John Eldredge ...
Dr. Harrigan
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Lillian Cooper
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Lieut. Lamb
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Dr. Coate
Anita Kerry ...
Agnes Melady
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Dr. Simon
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Peter Melady
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Nurse Margaret Brody
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Kenneth Martin (as Gordon Elliott)
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Jackson - the Drunk
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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: 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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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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A Warner Brothers "Crime Club" presentation
19 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Murder of Dr. Harrigan" is a short film in the Crime Club series, based on a story by Mignon G. Eberhart. Eberhart was a prolific mystery novelist, but I think this story made better reading than it did a film. This film stars Ricardo Cortez, Kay Linkater, John Eldredge, and Mary Astor.

The plot concerns a formula for a new anesthetic - I never did get the name - it sounded like Slaypen - and a Dr. Melady lays claim as the primary owner, though others, like Dr. Harrigan, had helped to develop it. Melady wants Harrigan to operate on him and use the Slaypen, However, Harrigan is murdered, and Dr. Melady disappears.

Most of the film revolves around the hospital elevator. For awhile, I couldn't figure out why the doctors and nurses kept manually closing the doors, and then I realized that although the elevator was automatic, apparently closing the doors was not yet automatic in 1936. Rather than use the elevator operator with that big wheel often seen in department stores years ago, they were just pulling the doors shut.

Even coming in at just over an hour, this movie seems long because it's so talky, and most of the action is described rather than seen, The star, Ricardo Cortez, lays out the whole solution to the murder to the detective in charge at the end - but we didn't see much of it.

The most entertaining things about this film are the old things: the elevator doors, the nurses' uniforms and caps, the rotary phones. As far as the acting, Cortez is an amiable presence, and Astor is very good. Mary Treen, a very familiar television face, has a small but showy role.


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