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The Impatient Maiden (1932)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 1 March 1932 (USA)
A maid's dreams come true - except they are not quite what she expected.

Director:

James Whale

Writers:

Donald Henderson Clarke (novel), Richard Schayer (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Lew Ayres ... Dr. Myron Brown
Mae Clarke ... Ruth Robbins
Una Merkel ... Betty Merrick
Andy Devine ... Clarence Howe
John Halliday ... Albert Hartman
Oscar Apfel ... Dr. Wilcox
Ethel Griffies ... Nurse Lovett
Helen Jerome Eddy ... Mrs. Gilman
Bert Roach ... Mr. Gilman
Cecil Cunningham ... Mrs. Rosy
Lorin Raker Lorin Raker ... Mr. Rosy
Blanche Payson ... Mrs. Thomas
Arthur Hoyt ... Mr. Thomas
Monte Montague ... Ambulance Driver
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Storyline

Myron Brooks, a medical-school student, graduates and starts his internship at a hospital. He asks his sweetheart, Ruth Robbins, to marry him but she refuses to until he has established his practice. Meanwhile, she goes to work as a secretary for an attorney, Albert Hartman, and he is so impressed with her dictation abilities that he sets her up a place to practice her dictation and other secretarial skills. It is only after she is taken to a hospital with an appendicitis attack, and young Doctor Marlowe performs a successful appendectomy on her that she decides to give up her night job and marry Dr. Brooks. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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She couldn't wait for life to unfold its secret. She was determined to dig them out for herself. My!How her eyes were opened when she met the real man.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Impatient Virgin See more »

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Budget:

$225,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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According to film historian Greg Mank in a 1985 issue of "Films in Review," Whale "amused himself with clever camera techniques through walls (e.g. dolly shots through walls.) See more »

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Extremely odd.
2 February 2002 | by David-240See all my reviews

What an odd film for James Whale to follow up "Frankenstein" with!

This is a strange little romantic drama, about a woman in love with a young doctor. Because he can't support her financially he leaves her,and she becomes a "kept" woman when she takes up with her wealthy lawyer boss.

At once cynical and romantic, it's hard to work out what the point of the whole thing is. Una Merkel is lots of fun though, and Ethel Griffies nearly steals the picture. And the young and beautiful Lew Ayres is lovingly filmed by Whale. The film also demonstrates what a fine actress Mae Clarke was, and how she deserved better material as she grew older.

In all an unusual and entertaining film from a great director, but also a baffling one.


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