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Screwball Mystery

7/10
Author: Hans-56 from Arnhem, Holland
10 October 2009

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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Not great, but pretty good

6/10
Author: gridoon2016
28 January 2014

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

The Sarah Keate films can perhaps only with a fair amount of leniency be classified as parts of the same series (the main character has a variety of different names, ages, professional positions, etc., and is played by a variety of actresses), but "The Great Hospital Mystery" is one of the better ones. Here, Keate is named Keats and she is plump, middle-aged, sharp-minded, and sharp-tongued; she's a lot like Hildegarde Withers, and Jane Darwell is perfectly cast in the part (her best lines: "The doctor wants to operate on 707" - "Too bad for 707" - "But he's not sick" - "He will be!"). Sally Blane, looking a lot like her sister Loretta Young, is sweet, Joan Davis is a funny and talented comedienne, the male parts (the good guy doctor, the officious chief of staff, the loudmouthed police inspector) are also well cast, but the best performance of all is given by the prolific William Demarest as a hypochondriac patient. He is simply masterful. The mystery is clever, while the production is clearly "B", but serviceable. **1/2 out of 4.

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okay comedy mystery

6/10
Author: dbborroughs from Glen Cove, New York
25 June 2011

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Uneven comedy mystery involving bank robbery and murder around a big hospital.

It starts with a parolee getting carjacked outside of a bank robbery. In order to hide out he goes to a friend in a hospital and they decide to fake his death. From there we end up of misdirection and murder.

A good mystery is under cut by a boneheaded nurse who has been inserted for comic relief. She's so loud that you tire of her nonsense instantly.

I liked it but I wish it was better and less silly.

6 out of 10

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