Miss Pinkerton (1932)

61 or 66 mins | Mystery | 30 July 1932

Director:

Lloyd Bacon

Cinematographer:

Barney McGill

Editor:

Ray Curtiss

Production Designer:

Jack Okey

Production Company:

First National Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

The novel was first published as a serial in The Saturday Evening Post (2 Jan--13 Feb 1932). FD notes that Donald Dilloway replaced Norman Foster in the cast. The novel was also the basis for the 1941 Warner Bros. film The Nurse's Secret, which was directed by Noel Smith and starred Lee Patrick and Regis Toomey. ...

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The novel was first published as a serial in The Saturday Evening Post (2 Jan--13 Feb 1932). FD notes that Donald Dilloway replaced Norman Foster in the cast. The novel was also the basis for the 1941 Warner Bros. film The Nurse's Secret, which was directed by Noel Smith and starred Lee Patrick and Regis Toomey.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
6 Mar 1932
p. 4
Film Daily
20 Mar 1932
p. 4
Film Daily
9 Jul 1932
p. 6
Hollywood Reporter
15 Feb 1932
p. 2
International Photographer
1 May 1932
p. 31
Motion Picture Herald
16 Jul 1932
p. 53
New York Times
4 Jul 1932
p. 7
Variety
12 Jul 1932
p. 16
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITERS
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PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
2d cam
Asst cam
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
MUSIC
Vitaphone Orch cond
SOUND
C. Dave Forrest
Sd
PRODUCTION MISC
Still photog
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Miss Pinkerton: Adventures of a Nurse Detective by Mary Roberts Rinehart (New York, 1932).
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DETAILS
Release Date:
30 July 1932
Production Date:
15 Feb--late Mar 1932
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
First National Pictures, Inc.
7 July 1932
LP3128
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
61 or 66
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Nurse Adams is sent to the Mitchell house to care for Julia Mitchell, who is in shock after discovering the body of her nephew, Herbert Wynne. Her supervisor tells her that she will be working undercover for the police, who suspect that Wynne was murdered. Police inspector Patten, the man in charge of the case, secretly tells Adams that Wynne was killed by someone he knew. Later, when he learns that Wynne recently took out a life insurance policy, Patten changes his mind and decides that Wynne committed suicide. Patten suspects that Wynne shot himself through a newspaper so as not to leave powder burns, and asks Adams to look for the newspaper. While she is searching the house, Adams meets Paula Brent, who says that she was Wynne's fiancée. Paula believes that someone in the family killed Wynne for the insurance money, but at the inquest, Wynne's death is declared accidental. Meanwhile, Adams sees a mysterious stranger creeping around, who grabs her and locks her in a closet. Adams's screams lead the family to summon the police, who find Charles Elliott holding a newspaper with a bullet hole in it. They arrest Charles even though Adams is sure he did not kill Wynne. Julia is very distressed when she hears about the arrest and summons her lawyer Arthur Glenn. Outside the room, Paula begs Adams to let her search Wynne's room to clear Charles. While they are talking, Glenn asks Adams and his stenographer Florence Lenz to witness Julia's signature on a statement which they do not read. Then Dr. Stewart gives Julia a shot for her heart. ...

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Nurse Adams is sent to the Mitchell house to care for Julia Mitchell, who is in shock after discovering the body of her nephew, Herbert Wynne. Her supervisor tells her that she will be working undercover for the police, who suspect that Wynne was murdered. Police inspector Patten, the man in charge of the case, secretly tells Adams that Wynne was killed by someone he knew. Later, when he learns that Wynne recently took out a life insurance policy, Patten changes his mind and decides that Wynne committed suicide. Patten suspects that Wynne shot himself through a newspaper so as not to leave powder burns, and asks Adams to look for the newspaper. While she is searching the house, Adams meets Paula Brent, who says that she was Wynne's fiancée. Paula believes that someone in the family killed Wynne for the insurance money, but at the inquest, Wynne's death is declared accidental. Meanwhile, Adams sees a mysterious stranger creeping around, who grabs her and locks her in a closet. Adams's screams lead the family to summon the police, who find Charles Elliott holding a newspaper with a bullet hole in it. They arrest Charles even though Adams is sure he did not kill Wynne. Julia is very distressed when she hears about the arrest and summons her lawyer Arthur Glenn. Outside the room, Paula begs Adams to let her search Wynne's room to clear Charles. While they are talking, Glenn asks Adams and his stenographer Florence Lenz to witness Julia's signature on a statement which they do not read. Then Dr. Stewart gives Julia a shot for her heart. Moments later, Julia dies because someone substituted arsenic for the amyl nitrate, but before she learns of the death, Adams washes the hypodermic which causes the doctor to report her to the police. Paula then is found with a marriage license revealing her secret marriage to Wynne. This revelation seems to give Charles a motive, so Patten questions him again and Charles admits that he and Paula are in love. According to Charles, on the night of the murder, he was trying to discourage Wynne from bothering Paula, when he heard someone coming up the stairs and climbed out the window. While Charles is telling his story, the police find Hugo, the butler, has been drugged. Hugo demands that they question Florence. When they do, the police learn that Glenn arranged a plan to cheat the insurance company. Wynne was supposed to marry Paula, fake a suicide and disappear so he and Paula could collect the money. Instead Wynne refused to disappear, and so Glenn murdered him. Glenn later killed Julia to prevent her from revealing that she hid the paper through which the shots had been fired in order to collect Wynne's life insurance. Julia thought that Adams and Florence were witnessing her signature on a confession, but Glenn substituted a blank piece of paper and destroyed the confession. Now that the case is solved, Patten invites Adams to accompany him on a new case, but she just wants to return to the peace of the hospital.

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