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Mystery of the White Room (1939)

Approved | | Crime, Mystery, Romance | 17 March 1939 (USA)
In the middle of an eye-surgery operation in a large hospital, the lights in the operating room go out and the chief surgeon is murdered. It is the job of Police-Detective Spencer to figure... See full summary »

Director:

Otis Garrett

Writers:

Alex Gottlieb (screenplay), James G. Edwards (novel) (as James G. Edwards M.D.)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Bruce Cabot ... Dr. Bob Clayton
Helen Mack ... Carole Dale
Joan Woodbury ... Lila Haines
Constance Worth ... Ann Stokes
Thomas E. Jackson ... Sgt. Macintosh Spencer (as Thomas Jackson)
Tom Dugan ... Hank Manley
Mabel Todd ... Dora Stanley
Roland Drew ... Dr. Norman Kennedy
Addison Richards ... Dr. Finley Morton
Frank Reicher ... Dr. Amos Thornton
Frank Puglia ... Tony
Don Porter ... Dr. Donald Fox
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In the middle of an eye-surgery operation in a large hospital, the lights in the operating room go out and the chief surgeon is murdered. It is the job of Police-Detective Spencer to figure out who in the room had something to gain from his death. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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It's the most exciting Crime Club mystery that ever chilled a spine! (original ad) See more »

Genres:

Crime | Mystery | Romance

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Part of the original Shock Theater package of 52 Universal titles released to television in 1957, followed a year later with Son of Shock, which added 20 more features. See more »

Quotes

Sergeant Macintosh Spencer: [to Tom Dugan] "You're as unbalanced as the budget".
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Who killed the chief surgeon in the OR during a black out?
20 July 2015 | by snicewangerSee all my reviews

This is an entertaining murder mystery from Universal Studios "Crime Club" series of the late 1930's.Basted on Dr James G Edwards mystery novel "Murder in the Surgery", it was the eighth of the Crime Club films. Rugged Bruce Cabot and pretty Helen Mack are appealing leads in a cast the includes old vets Frank Reicher and Addison Richards. Thomas E Jackson as the Detective Sargent investigator played police detectives so often in movies that he had his own personal badge.Joan Woodbury was a familiar on screen face at the time and the rest of the cast knew their way around a B film.Tom Dugan and Mabel Todd provide the obligatory if not irritating comedy relief. Director Otis Garrett worked as a film editor for Universal, the Crime Club movies were about the only films he directed. He died in 1941 at the age of 35.

Mystery of the White Room was probably the best of the Crime Club pictures. They were made to be at the bottom half of a Universal double feature. Oddly enough this movie was included in the original Shock Theater package the Universal Studios offered television stations across the country in 1957. It was marketed as a horror film rather than a mystery. Certainly not brilliant film making but an enjoyable way to pass an hour.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 March 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Murder in the Surgery See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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