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The Patient in Room 18 (1938)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Mystery, Romance  |  8 January 1938 (USA)
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Lance is sent to the hospital to recuperate from a nervous breakdown. At the hospital, Sara is his nurse and she still holds a grudge from the last court case. At the hospital, a wealthy ... See full summary »

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Eric Stanley ...
John Ridgely ...
Jim Warren
Rosella Towne ...
Maida Day
Jean Benedict ...
Carol Lethany
Charles Trowbridge ...
Dr. Bahman
Cliff Clark ...
Inspector Foley
Harland Tucker ...
Dr. Arthur Lethany
Edward Raquello ...
Dr. Fred Harker
Vickie Lester ...
Nurse Taylor (as Vicki Lester)
Edward McWade ...
Frank Warren
Ralph Sanford ...
Detective Donahue
Frank Orth ...
Greta Meyer ...
Hilda - Lethany Housekeeper)
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Lance is sent to the hospital to recuperate from a nervous breakdown. At the hospital, Sara is his nurse and she still holds a grudge from the last court case. At the hospital, a wealthy patient has just donated $100,000 worth of radium to be used on his skin problem. But late that night, he is murdered and the radium is stolen. Everyone has a motive except for Sara and Lance as they were looked in his room during the murder. As the bodies pile up, Sara and Lance try to solve the case as Foley is clueless. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Clue Club #11: The Patient in Room 18  »

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Several performers listed in studio records were not seen in this film, listed here with their character names: Allan Conrad (Night Clerk), William Hopper (Grabshot, Owen King (Day Clerk), Julius Molnar (Newsboy), Spec O'Donnell (Elevator Operator), Dick Paxton (Newsboy) and Cliff Saum (Policeman). See more »

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The front door to O'Leary's apartment opens outward to the hall, which, of course, they never do. See more »

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Am I in Love?
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
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A Medical Murder Mystery
23 November 2001 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

Private Thatcher Hospital is suffering a spate of murders, but THE PATIENT IN ROOM 18 - a young detective recovering from a nervous breakdown - is determined to find the killer.

Fast-moving & fun, this is another example of the comedy crime picture that Warner Brothers was so expert at producing almost without effort. Casts & plots could be shuffled endlessly, with very predictable results. While this assembly line approach created few classics, audience enjoyment could usually be assured.

Patric Knowles & Ann Sheridan spark the action here. As a convalescing detective & stern head nurse with romantic difficulties in their recent past, they keep the plot racing - especially after murder rears its ugly head. Knowles, who never quite graduated to starring roles in major pictures, shows a fine flair for comedy. Sleepwalking down the street dressed in pajamas & bowler, he is indeed a very droll sight. Sheridan shows flashes of the talent that would eventually make her an important star at Warner Brothers.

Unfortunately, the two most potentially interesting characters in the film - Eric Stanley's English valet & Greta Meyer's German cook - are given very little to do. And what about the film's other mystery: just what is so special about Room 18?


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