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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.


James Whale


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




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


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. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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[According to Lew Ayres in a 1985 interview] Mr. Whale had a reputation as an outstanding director, but I feel he was more or less accustomed to actors with considerable more polish than I possessed at the time. Yet, I was the young man under contract to the studio, and he had me thrust upon him... I tried to do my job, and he said little or anything to me one way or other. Frankly, I don't think he thought I was correctly cast for the part. See more »

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Too Wise For Their Own Good
13 April 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Mae Clarke works as a secretary to divorce lawyer John Halliday. When her apartment mate Una Merkel smells gas, Miss Clarke finds that the pregnant woman in the next apartment, who has been abandoned by her husband has tried to kill herself. Miss Clarke smashes the window and summons an ambulance. Doctor Lew Ayres shows up and they soon fall in love, but he's years from being able to marry, and she's seen too much of failed marriage, so they part.

It's a depressing soap opera for the Depression, and everyone hits the right notes. Director James Whale seems to have been trying for a British stiff-upper-lip attitude among the characters, but it offers an air of anomie and helplessness, as does the decision to have DP Arthur Edeson run a lot of traveling shots right through walls in a god-like and uncaring fashion. Perhaps it's that dispassionate attitude that made this movie less than compelling; if the characters viewed their own lives as machines to be run for optimal living, regardless of how they felt, how can the audience invest anything more than a vague pity in these poor fools?

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Release Date:

1 March 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Impatient Virgin See more »


Box Office


$225,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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