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Miss Pinkerton (1932)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Mystery, Thriller | 30 July 1932 (USA)
A hospital nurse is recruited by the police to watch a household where a suspicious death has occurred.


Lloyd Bacon


Mary Roberts Rinehart (novel), Niven Busch (adaptation) | 2 more credits »


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Complete credited cast:
Joan Blondell ... Nurse Adams, aka Miss Pinkerton
George Brent ... Police Inspector Patten
Ruth Hall ... Paula Brent
John Wray ... Hugo
Elizabeth Patterson ... Juliet Mitchell
C. Henry Gordon ... Dr. Stuart
Holmes Herbert ... Arthur Glenn
Mary Doran ... Florence Lenz
Blanche Friderici ... Mary
Mae Madison ... Second Nurse
Allan Lane ... Herbert Wynn (scenes deleted)
Nigel De Brulier ... Coroner James A. Clemp (as Nigel de Brulier)
Eulalie Jensen ... Miss Gibbons - Superintendent of Nurses
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lucien Littlefield ... Henderson (scenes deleted)


Scion of the once-rich Mitchell family, Herbert Wynn is found shot to death. Nurse Adams, bored by hospital routine, is recruited by the police to ferret out clues as she tends to Wynn's elderly aunt Julia. Jokingly given the 'rank' of Miss Pinkerson, after the famous detective agency, Adams probes into the mystery, but not before a second death. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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30 July 1932 (USA) See more »

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Fasornas hus See more »

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1.37 : 1
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The novel upon which this film is based was serialized in The Saturday Evening Post from 2 January to 13 February 1932. See more »


When Nurse Adams is attacked, she starts screaming very loudly and then the screaming goes silent when she faints. But on the next immediate shot which is of the cops running up the stairs; she can still hear her loud screams. Then on the following shot when the cops find her, she is just starting to slowly regain consciousness. See more »


Nurse Adams, aka Miss Pinkerton: Here's a dollar, keep the change.
Taxi Driver: There is no change.
Nurse Adams, aka Miss Pinkerton: Then we're even.
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Version of The Nurse's Secret (1941) See more »

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early film with Joan Blondell and George Brent (with no mustache)
26 February 2015 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Joan Blondell is nicknamed "Miss Pinkerton" in this 1932 film also starring George Brent and Ruth Hall. She's nicknamed Miss Pinkerton by Brent when she attempts to help solve a murder. She's actually Nurse Adams, bored with her hospital job. She's offered a chance to take care of an elderly lady who has gone into shock after finding someone dead in her house from an apparent suicide. Nurse Adams is supposed to keep an eye on things. She's thrilled.

Miss Pinkerton doesn't believe the suicide - she thinks it was murder. The house gives her plenty of ammunition to believe it. It's an old, dark with a mean-looking maid, a scary butler, the frightened patient, and the doctor who doesn't seem too stable either.

A young girl shows up (Hall). She was married to the murder victim but in love with someone else. This someone is Elliot (Donald Dillaway) who has been caught sneaking around the house. There is also a stenographer (Mary Doran). Then there is a second murder.

George Brent is the investigating detective, and he's young and unmustached here. Normally he played opposite a major leading lady. He's charming here.

Fast-moving mystery with the delightful Blondell keeping things lively. Some interesting camera work, including a gigantic shadow of a man over the house. Lots of screaming, too, as befits this kind of movie.

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