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Mystery of the White Room (1939)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Mystery, Romance  |  17 March 1939 (USA)
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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:
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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17 March 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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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This has all the makings for a good film but just never delivers!
2 November 2003 | by (Bakersfield, California) – See all my reviews

The film is of interest to me only because of Helen Mack. Otherwise, I would have never purchased the film. This film has a lot of interesting elements to make it a good mystery. However, someone really botched the story. There are lots of gaps in the logic that make the viewer totally confused. You can hardly wait to the end just to find out how they will tie up all the loose ends. They don't succeed very well. The characters are very good, but end up lacking some depth and connection with one another. The venue for the murders is a hospital, but the problem is you never see any patients. One key aspect of the story is about a patient who has to have a corneal implant. He has the implant done and the next day he can see. This was done to accomodate the outcome of the story, which takes place in a span of two days or so. This is so absurd that even an uneducated viewer would know that this is not possible.

As mentioned earlier, this could have been a good film, but the story just leaves good actors to struggle with poor material to work with. Watch the film if you are into nostalgia, but don't watch it for a good mystery.

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