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The Great Hospital Mystery (1937)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 14 May 1937 (USA)
When gangsters threaten the life of the brother of a nurse, she and her superintendent make it look as if he died while a hospital patient.

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Dr. Taggert (as Sig Rumann)
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Ann Smith
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Dr. David McKerry
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Flossie Duff
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Mr. Beatty
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The first of three films made featuring the Nurse Sarah Keate character created by Mignon Eberhardt. This 20th Century-Fox film was followed by two from Warner Bros. in 1938 ("Mystery House" and "The Patient in Room 18"), both starring Ann Sheridan in the role played here by Jane Darwell, who was, despite source that seems to think otherwise, first-billed in this film with her name on the posters twice the size of that of Sig Rumann(as billed in this film), Sally Blane, Thomas Beck and Joan Davis. The story has nurse Ann Smith, with the knowledge of her night supervisor Sarah Keate, smuggling her brother Allen Tracy into the hospital as a patient of Doctor Taggert, in order to hide him from gunmen sworn to get him. Gangster Mortimer Beatty is admitted to the room next to Tracy's. Ann's patient is found dead, but the dead man is not Tracy but a charity patient who had died days before, but now has some fresh bullet wounds in his body. Ann's sweetheart, hospital physician David McKerry,... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Screwball Mystery
10 October 2009 | by (Arnhem, Holland) – See all my reviews

Comedy and Mystery were often mixed in the 30's and this is a fine example.

The story is about a young man on parole. A bunch of bank robbers use him and his car to get away. Being on parole, he doesn't want to inform the police. He seeks shelter in the hospital were his sister is working as a nurse. But the gangsters are on to him...

The true sleuth in this movie is head nurse Sarah Keats, played by Jane Darwell. Her role, gestures and acting do remind one of Margareth Rutherford playing Miss Marple. Wade Botteler embodies the stereotype stupid policeman. Sally Blane as the nurse and Thomas Beck as doctor McKerry are a nice couple in love. Sig Ruman is convincing as the head of the hospital. Joan Davis is thrown in to cause laughter, even though she is overacting terribly.

I found this movie on the internet. I am quite certain there are no more rights on this movie, so you could try a search. However it is quite likely available on a cheap DVD carrying oldies as well. And usually these are of better quality.

A very enjoyable movie. The pace is high and there is plenty to laugh, with a few nice one liners by Jane Darwell. 7 out of 10: enjoy!


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