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The Patient in Room 18 (1938)

Lance is sent to the hospital to recuperate from a nervous breakdown. At the hospital, Sara is his nurse and she still holds a grudge from the last court case. At the hospital, a wealthy ... See full summary »

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Eugene Solow (screen play), Robertson White (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Patric Knowles ... Lance O'Leary
Ann Sheridan ... Sara Keate
Eric Stanley Eric Stanley ... Bentley
John Ridgely ... Jim Warren
Rosella Towne ... Maida Day
Jean Benedict Jean Benedict ... Carol Lethany
Charles Trowbridge ... Dr. Balman
Cliff Clark ... Inspector Foley
Harland Tucker Harland Tucker ... Dr. Arthur Lethany
Edward Raquello ... Dr. Fred Harker
Vickie Lester ... Nurse Taylor (as Vicki Lester)
Edward McWade ... Frank Warren
Ralph Sanford ... Detective Donahue
Frank Orth ... Joe Higgins
Greta Meyer ... Hilda
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Lance is sent to the hospital to recuperate from a nervous breakdown. At the hospital, Sara is his nurse and she still holds a grudge from the last court case. At the hospital, a wealthy patient has just donated $100,000 worth of radium to be used on his skin problem. But late that night, he is murdered and the radium is stolen. Everyone has a motive except for Sara and Lance as they were looked in his room during the murder. As the bodies pile up, Sara and Lance try to solve the case as Foley is clueless. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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theft | radium | hospital | nurse | murder | See All (48) »

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A Warner Bros. Thrill Hit! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 January 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Clue Club #11: The Patient in Room 18 See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Future star Carole Landis appears as an extra in one of the early scenes. She can be seen bumping into Patric Knowles when he walking down the stairs. See more »

Goofs

The front door to O'Leary's apartment opens outward to the hall, which, of course, they never do. See more »

Connections

Followed by Mystery House (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

Am I in Love?
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played on the radio in Lance's room
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A Medical Murder Mystery
23 November 2001 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

Private Thatcher Hospital is suffering a spate of murders, but THE PATIENT IN ROOM 18 - a young detective recovering from a nervous breakdown - is determined to find the killer.

Fast-moving & fun, this is another example of the comedy crime picture that Warner Brothers was so expert at producing almost without effort. Casts & plots could be shuffled endlessly, with very predictable results. While this assembly line approach created few classics, audience enjoyment could usually be assured.

Patric Knowles & Ann Sheridan spark the action here. As a convalescing detective & stern head nurse with romantic difficulties in their recent past, they keep the plot racing - especially after murder rears its ugly head. Knowles, who never quite graduated to starring roles in major pictures, shows a fine flair for comedy. Sleepwalking down the street dressed in pajamas & bowler, he is indeed a very droll sight. Sheridan shows flashes of the talent that would eventually make her an important star at Warner Brothers.

Unfortunately, the two most potentially interesting characters in the film - Eric Stanley's English valet & Greta Meyer's German cook - are given very little to do. And what about the film's other mystery: just what is so special about Room 18?


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