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Eugene Solow (screen play) and
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8 January 1938 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Patric Knowles ... Lance O'Leary

Ann Sheridan ... Sara Keate
Eric Stanley ... Bentley
John Ridgely ... Jim Warren
Rosella Towne ... Maida Day
Jean Benedict ... Carol Lethany
Charles Trowbridge ... Dr. Balman
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
Greta Meyer ... Hilda
Walter Young ... Coroner
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Glen Cavender ... Man with Sprinkler Hose (uncredited)
Loia Cheaney ... Jean the Night Nurse (uncredited)
Mary Doyle ... Nurse (uncredited)
Ralph Dunn ... Eldar Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
John Harron ... Thatcher Hospital Orderly (uncredited)
George Hickman ... Newsboy #2 (uncredited)
Stuart Holmes ... Man Leaving Hospital (uncredited)

Carole Landis ... Patient in Hospital (uncredited)
Jack Mower ... Policeman Picking Up Radium at End (uncredited)
George Offerman Jr. ... Newsboy #1 / Newsboy in Montage (uncredited)
John J. Richardson ... Cabbie (uncredited)

Directed by
Bobby Connolly 
Crane Wilbur 
Writing credits
Eugene Solow (screen play) and
Robertson White (screen play)

Mignon G. Eberhart (from a novel by)

Joseph Santley  screenplay construction contributor (uncredited)

Produced by
Bryan Foy .... producer (uncredited)
Hal B. Wallis .... executive producer (uncredited)
Jack L. Warner .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Bernhard Kaun (uncredited)
Cinematography by
James Van Trees (photography)
Film Editing by
Louis Hesse (film editor) (as Lou Hesse)
Art Direction by
John Hughes 
Costume Design by
Howard Shoup (gowns)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fred Tyler .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Leslie G. Hewitt .... sound
Music Department
Bernhard Kaun .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Harry Seymour .... dialogue director
Crew verified as complete

Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (as Warner Bros.-First National Pictures Inc.) (presents)

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Clue Club #11: The Patient in Room 18" - USA (series title)
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59 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
USA:Approved (PCA #3722)

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Future star Carole Landis appears as an extra in one of the early scenes. She can be seen bumping into Patric Knowles when he walking down the stairs.See more »
Factual errors: 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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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
A Medical Murder Mystery, 23 November 2001
Author: Ron Oliver ( from Forest Ranch, CA

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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