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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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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 »

Quotes

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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Follows While the Patient Slept (1935) 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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Murder Among Doctors!
9 May 2017 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

A leading hospital surgeon and his prominent patient are discovered dead, leading to a police investigation involving suspicious hospital personnel and a formula for a revolutionary anesthetic.

Okay whodunit, without being anything special. Sleuthing programmers were popular in the 30's, probably because they were cheaper to produce. Warner's mounted this entry, and note the competency of studio craftsmanship, especially with acting and pacing. The 67-minutes is filmed in straightforward fashion that could have used more suspenseful atmosphere, but I guess that had to await the 40's. The mystery part is pretty complex so guessing the murderer is like a shot in the dark. Fortunately, the murders are reconstructed in detail at the end, tying together the many loose ends. Comedy relief comes mainly from a patient who drinks his rubbing alcohol rather than applying it, while Mary Treen makes an amusing nurse. There's not much action, mostly talk. At the same time, events remain limited to hospital rooms and elevator. Nonetheless, the characters are interesting enough to maintain involvement, much like TV's popular Perry Mason.


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