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Peter Milne (screen play) &
Sy Bartlett (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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  (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 
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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Fair Murder-Mystery From Warner, 14 May 2012
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

The Murder of Dr. Harrigan (1936)

** (out of 4)

Fast paced Warner mystery has Dr. Harrigan being murdered in a hospital right before he's about to do surgery on a man who has also disappeared. Dr. Lambert (Ricardo Cortez) and Nurse Keating (Kay Linaker) decide to do some investigating on their own and realize that just about everyone in the hospital is a suspect and that Harrigan was working on a new form of anesthetic. THE MURDER OF DR. HARRIGAN isn't the best murder-mystery out there from Warner but even with all its flaws it's still worth watching thanks in large part to the nice cast of characters. Cortez is always hit and miss among film buffs but I thought he was rather charming here. The actor certainly didn't have to over extend himself but he did enough to at least keep you entertained in his character. Linaker, just signed off of Broadway, is actually very good in her part but sadly the screenplay gives her very little to work with. Character actor Joseph Crehan does a fine job at the main detective investigating the case and we also get fine support from Robert Strange, Phillip Reed and Anita Kerry. Then there's Mary Astor who according to the trivia section of IMDb turned down the lead part and to punish her the studio gave her a supporting bit. The role is certainly below her talents but she's good in the part and certainly helps make the film better. With that said, the plot here just isn't interesting enough to really pull you in and I'd argue that the direction isn't up to par either. Still, fans of the cast members will still want to check it out.

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