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Peter Milne (screen play) &
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Release Date:
11 January 1936 (USA) See more »
Crotchety hospital administrator Peter Melady, self-proclaimed developer of a new wonder anaesthetic... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Actress + Blob Creator Linaker Dead At 94
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ricardo Cortez ... George Lambert
Kay Linaker ... Sally Keating
John Eldredge ... Dr. Harrigan

Mary Astor ... Lillian Cooper
Joseph Crehan ... Lieut. Lamb

Frank Reicher ... 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joan Barclay ... Nurse (uncredited)
Nick Copeland ... Nestor - Policeman and Driver (uncredited)
Roger Gray ... Herbert - the Morgue Attendant (uncredited)
Eddie Larkin ... Interne (uncredited)
Ellen Lowe ... Nurse Foster (uncredited)
Stanley Mack ... Ambulance Orderly (uncredited)
Charles Marsh ... Ambulance Orderly (uncredited)
Ned Norton ... Morgue Worker (uncredited)
Henry Otho ... Martin's Detective Escort (uncredited)
Mickey Rentschler ... Nosy Boy (uncredited)
Sam Rice ... Bald Patient (uncredited)
John J. Richardson ... Second Reporter (uncredited)
Mary Russell ... Nurse Bertha (uncredited)
Ferdinand Schumann-Heink ... Orderly (uncredited)
Harry Seymour ... First Reporter (uncredited)
Frank Shannon ... Police Sergeant (uncredited)
Eddie Shubert ... Joe - Policeman (uncredited)
Arthur Stone ... Horace Munn - City Editor (uncredited)
Martha Tibbetts ... Nurse Jonsie (uncredited)

Directed by
Frank McDonald 
Writing credits
Peter Milne (screen play) &
Sy Bartlett (screen play)

Mignon G. Eberhart (story)

Charles Belden (dialogue)

Original Music by
Bernhard Kaun (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Arthur L. Todd (photography)
Film Editing by
William Clemens (edited by)
Art Direction by
Robert M. Haas 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Other crew
Bryan Foy .... supervisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"Clue Club #6: The Murder of Dr. Harrigan" - USA (series title)
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USA:67 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
USA:Approved (PCA #1156) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

Did You Know?

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 »
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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Movie Connections:
Remade as The Dark Stairway (1938)See more »
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Homicide Hospital, 26 March 2012
Author: MikeMagi from Baltimore MD

"The Murder of Dr. Harrigan" is a glorious example of the sort of low-cost quickies Hollywood churned out in the 30s to satisfy the double feature pipeline. It is almost entirely set in what has to be the sloppiest hospital in America. Here, a doctor reschedules an operation for midnight without bothering to assemble a surgical team. Nurses haphazardly wander in and out of patients' rooms. And when the only elevator in the place stops running, nobody's much concerned until it starts up again -- and a dead body turns up inside. For comedy relief, the orderlies stomach pump the wrong patient. Oh, those wacky hospital staffers! The plot centers on an eccentric millionaire who arranges for a doctor who hates his guts to perform a delicate operation on him, using a new anesthetic that's better than ether; it puts patients out for three days so they can heal painlessly. Somewhere in this melange of mayhem and malpractice, there's Ricardo Cortez trying to save the nurse he loves from being charged with murder by the usual myopic cop. But the mystery zips along and as a throwback to a bygone era, it's at least entertaining. And for trivia buffs, there's Mary Astor in a relatively small, thankless role, purportedly her punishment for bucking the studio system.

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