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The Nurse's Secret (1941)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 24 May 1941 (USA)
Murder mystery with a nurse (Lee Patrick) moving into a mansion after an apparent suicide to care for the old mother. The mother is kind of spooky, but so is the butler, and the girlfriend,... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Ruth Adams
Inspector Tom Patten
Florence Lentz
Ann Edmonds ...
Paula Brent
George Campeau ...
Charles Elliott
Miss Juliet Mitchell
Charles Waldron ...
Dr. Stewart (as Charles D. Waldron)
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Virginia Brissac ...
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Dr. Keene (as Keith Douglas)
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Murder mystery with a nurse (Lee Patrick) moving into a mansion after an apparent suicide to care for the old mother. The mother is kind of spooky, but so is the butler, and the girlfriend, and the doctor, and... you get the point. After the insurance policy is found, the plot becomes more interesting. Written by Ed Lorusso

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Release Date:

24 May 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Enfermeira Detetive  »

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(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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A rare lead role and top billing for Lee Patrick. See more »


Dr. Stewart tells the nurse to "prepare a hypo, amyl nitrate, one tablet". Amyl nitrate only comes in liquid form. Further, injections are not prepared from tablets. He repeats this same error later. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown with a figure at the left, while the beam of a flashlight goes up and down towards the right, behind the credits. See more »


Remake of While the Patient Slept (1935) See more »

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Average whodunit
26 June 2012 | by See all my reviews

A nurse goes to a mansion to care for an elderly woman who has had a breakdown after finding the body of her nephew – was it an accident? Suicide? Or murder? Who cares? Suspicious characters abound - the butler, the maid, the lawyer, the young woman who is lurking about... Although I'm a fan of 30s and 40s mysteries, this one was just not very entertaining. Lee Patrick and Regis Toomey are good actors but just not convincing as the leads. Patrick has a few snappy lines but not enough to lighten up this movie. Julie Bishop did a nice job in her role as the jealous Florence Lentz. I sure didn't recognize "Aunt Em" in Clara Blandick's portrayal. All in all a pretty pedestrian mystery movie.

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