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The Impatient Maiden (1932)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 1 March 1932 (USA)
A maid's dreams come true - except they are not quite what she expected.

Director:

James Whale

Writers:

Donald Henderson Clarke (novel), Richard Schayer (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Lew Ayres ... Dr. Myron Brown
Mae Clarke ... Ruth Robbins
Una Merkel ... Betty Merrick
Andy Devine ... Clarence Howe
John Halliday ... Albert Hartman
Oscar Apfel ... Dr. Wilcox
Ethel Griffies ... Nurse Lovett
Helen Jerome Eddy ... Mrs. Gilman
Bert Roach ... Mr. Gilman
Cecil Cunningham ... Mrs. Rosy
Lorin Raker Lorin Raker ... Mr. Rosy
Blanche Payson ... Mrs. Thomas
Arthur Hoyt ... Mr. Thomas
Monte Montague ... Ambulance Driver
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Myron Brooks, a medical-school student, graduates and starts his internship at a hospital. He asks his sweetheart, Ruth Robbins, to marry him but she refuses to until he has established his practice. Meanwhile, she goes to work as a secretary for an attorney, Albert Hartman, and he is so impressed with her dictation abilities that he sets her up a place to practice her dictation and other secretarial skills. It is only after she is taken to a hospital with an appendicitis attack, and young Doctor Marlowe performs a successful appendectomy on her that she decides to give up her night job and marry Dr. Brooks. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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She couldn't wait for life to unfold its secret. She was determined to dig them out for herself. My!How her eyes were opened when she met the real man.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Impatient Virgin See more »

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Budget:

$225,000 (estimated)
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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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According to film historian Greg Mank in a 1985 issue of "Films in Review," Whale "amused himself with clever camera techniques through walls (e.g. dolly shots through walls.) See more »

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You could find better....
12 December 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Although I have always thought Lew Ayres was a fine actor, here he's one of his worst films...mostly because the script is rather second- rate. I also found Una Merkel (again, someone I usually like in films) played a rather annoying character. As a result, I think it's a movie you could easily just skip.

When the film begins, Ruth (Mae Clark) and her dopey friend (Merkel) meet a dopey ambulance driver (Andy Devine) and a young doctor working on his internship at the hospital (Ayres). The Doc and Ruth fall for each other...but their relationship later sours. Towards the end of the film, Ruth is dying and apparently there's no one else in the entire hospital who can operate on her other than her ex-boyfriend, the Doc (it was JUST an inflamed appendix)!! Will she pull through...and will we care?

Una is clearly there as comic relief and her character just comes on way too strong with the stupid act. Fortunately, she's mostly in the first half of the film. As for Devine, he's actually pretty restrained and much better in the same sort of role. But the plot is so soapy and silly that I never found myself caring much about what happened to Ruth or any of them. A misfire.


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