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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 ...
Joe Higgins - Night Watchman
Greta Meyer ...
Hilda - Lethany Housekeeper)


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 <>

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The Craziest Mystery That Ever Turned a Hospital into a Mad-house... of Thrills! See more »






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8 January 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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 »


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


Followed by Mystery House (1938) See more »


Am I in Love?
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played on the radio in Lance's room
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Diagnosis: Anemia
19 October 2005 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

Don't worry. This won't make you fear hospitals. It is just a tepid variation on the standard romantic mystery/comedy. Hidden radium. Doctors who are maybe good and maybe bad. Servants who may be servants or may be something else. It is truly standard issue. Ann Sheridan's name in the cast list drew me to this. But she is very subdued. Patric Knowles is OK but not very exciting. The supporting cast is OK, too. But just OK. And the plot is adequate. It holds together, though it is at times a bit confusing.The title is intriguing. And the director did some fine work -- but as a writer. It won't kill you but don't expect it to cure anything, either.

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