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In the middle of an eye-surgery operation in a large hospital, the lights in the operating room go out and the chief surgeon is murdered. It is the job of Police-Detective Spencer to figure... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Dr. Bob Clayton
Helen Mack ...
Carole Dale
Lila Haines
Constance Worth ...
Ann Stokes
Thomas E. Jackson ...
Sergeant Macintosh Spencer (as Thomas Jackson)
Tom Dugan ...
Hank Manley
Mabel Todd ...
Dora Stanley
Roland Drew ...
Dr. Norman Kennedy
Addison Richards ...
Dr. Finley Morton
Dr. Amos Thornton
Frank Puglia ...
Don Porter ...
Dr. Donald Fox
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dee Dodd


In the middle of an eye-surgery operation in a large hospital, the lights in the operating room go out and the chief surgeon is murdered. It is the job of Police-Detective Spencer to figure out who in the room had something to gain from his death. Written by Les Adams <>

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Release Date:

17 March 1939 (USA)  »

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Murder in the Surgery  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Shooting began Feb. 2, 1939, released a month later, on Mar. 17. See more »

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Dr. Death Reporting for Surgery
28 July 2007 | by (Flushing, NY) – See all my reviews

Dr. Finley Morton is murdered when the lights go out during a surgical operation and the suspects are numerous. Dr. Kennedy (Morton's nephew) was considered for the position of Dr. Morton's assistant until he refused to perform an operation because of cowardice. Dr. Clayton, who went and performed the operation, had a row with Morton for disobedience when following hospital regulations. Also, Dr. Thornton, who was formerly chief surgeon at the hospital until an operation performed by Morton left him without the use of his right arm. The only clue that Sergeant Spencer has lies with the deaf janitor Tony, who caught a glimpse of the murderer until a jar of acid was thrown in his face blinding him, but Dr. Clayton (who is Spencer's chief suspect) decides that the corneas from Dr. Morton can be used for Tony giving him the chance to see and identify the murderer, that is if the murderer doesn't prevent the operation. Decent movie that fills out it's just under one hour running time with few slow spots. The only thing that hurts the movie is Tom Dugan playing amateur detective, but Jackson's responses to Dugan's help are humorous. The acting is decent with the entire cast playing the murder movie stereotypes, and the plot doesn't really give too much away keeping the viewer in suspense. Rating, 7 out of 10.

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