The Patient in Room 18 (1938)

58 or 60 mins | Mystery | 8 January 1938

Producer:

Bryan Foy

Cinematographer:

James Van Trees

Editor:

Lou Hesse

Production Designer:

John Hughes

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

The character Lance O'Leary also appears in the 1938 Warner Bros. film Mystery House (see ... More Less

The character Lance O'Leary also appears in the 1938 Warner Bros. film Mystery House (see above). More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
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Daily Variety
13 Dec 38
p. 3.
Film Daily
11 Feb 38
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Dec 37
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
27 Apr 38
p. 3.
New York Times
22 Apr 38
p. 15.
Variety
26 Jan 38
p. 13.
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A First National Picture
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LITERARY
Based on the novel The Patient in Room 18 by Mignon G. Eberhart (Garden City, NY, 1929).
DETAILS
Release Date:
8 January 1938
Production Date:
began 29 August 1937
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
23 November 1937
Copyright Number:
LP7832
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
58 or 60
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
PCA No:
3722
SYNOPSIS

Detective Lance O'Leary, who is suffering from a nervous disorder caused by his failure to solve his last case, is sent to the hospital to recover. Sarah Keate, Lance's girl friend, is a nurse at the hospital. Lance's neighbor in room 18 is wealthy Frank Warren, whose son Jim is in love with nurse Maida Day. Dr. Arthur Lethany, Warren's doctor, has ordered an expensive dose of radium to cure Warren's skin disorder, to the dismay of his colleague, Dr. Bolman, who would rather see the radium used to cure poor people. Bolman resents Warren because his father was ruined by a stockbroker like Warren. Warren has also alienated his son by forbidding him to see Maida and refusing him needed money. Lethany's wife Carol is in love with intern Dr. Hajek and promises to leave her husband if Hajek can find enough money to support her. Lethany himself is in love with Maida, who turns him down for Jim. That night, after a dinner party at the Lethanys', Warren is murdered and the radium stolen. At the same time, Lethany disappears. When Warren's death, which was caused by an overdose of morphine, is discovered, Lance investigates, determined to solve this case. Shortly afterward, Lethany's body is found in the closet of Warren's room. Then Higgins, the hospital janitor, tells Lance that he witnessed the murder, but before he can name the murderer, he is murdered himself. Meanwhile, Maida discovers the radium hidden in the bottom of a plant. Lance instructs her to return the plant to room 18 and then hides in a closet, hoping to ... +


Detective Lance O'Leary, who is suffering from a nervous disorder caused by his failure to solve his last case, is sent to the hospital to recover. Sarah Keate, Lance's girl friend, is a nurse at the hospital. Lance's neighbor in room 18 is wealthy Frank Warren, whose son Jim is in love with nurse Maida Day. Dr. Arthur Lethany, Warren's doctor, has ordered an expensive dose of radium to cure Warren's skin disorder, to the dismay of his colleague, Dr. Bolman, who would rather see the radium used to cure poor people. Bolman resents Warren because his father was ruined by a stockbroker like Warren. Warren has also alienated his son by forbidding him to see Maida and refusing him needed money. Lethany's wife Carol is in love with intern Dr. Hajek and promises to leave her husband if Hajek can find enough money to support her. Lethany himself is in love with Maida, who turns him down for Jim. That night, after a dinner party at the Lethanys', Warren is murdered and the radium stolen. At the same time, Lethany disappears. When Warren's death, which was caused by an overdose of morphine, is discovered, Lance investigates, determined to solve this case. Shortly afterward, Lethany's body is found in the closet of Warren's room. Then Higgins, the hospital janitor, tells Lance that he witnessed the murder, but before he can name the murderer, he is murdered himself. Meanwhile, Maida discovers the radium hidden in the bottom of a plant. Lance instructs her to return the plant to room 18 and then hides in a closet, hoping to discover the murderer. When that plan fails, he gathers all the suspects in the solarium, including Lethany, who is not actually dead. Lethany confesses to stealing the radium and identifies Bolman as his assailant and Warren's murderer. +

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