The Patient in Room 18 (1938)

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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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Release Date:

8 January 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Clue Club #11: The Patient in Room 18  »

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1.37 : 1
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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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Light Murder Mystery Fare
19 October 2005 | by (NC) – See all my reviews

Patric Knowles plays a detective, having just failed to solve his first case, admitted to Thatcher Private Hospital to relax and get over anxiety problems(walking in the middle of the street in pajamas, etc...)In employ there is the nurse that he is smitten with, a trio of suspicious doctors who seem to have all lost any moral character they once had, a drunken Irishman(?) who is a jack of all trades it seems, and a wealthy investment banker that has hypochondriac persuasions. Throw in some romantic intrigue, some want-to-be romantic intrigue, a wastrel nephew needing cash bad, and some other minor plot "twists" and you have the uncle banker getting killed because of some valuable radium lying on his chest. Knowles is to the rescue much to the chagrin of an annoying policeman investigating the crime. As mysteries go, this one is passable but is nothing really more than fluff. The mood is light, the mystery is light, and the denouement is light. Knowles carries off the charming lightness very well as does most of the cast. All the character actors are very good at looking guilty. Ann Sheridan plays Knowles's love interest and is credible in her thankless role. At barely an hour in length, the film does have a nice, fast pace and is fairly entertaining. The solution to the crime was, for me at least, somewhat crude in application but the film does have some interesting merits and is never trying to take itself too terribly serious.

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