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The Nurse's Secret (1941)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 24 May 1941 (USA)
Murder mystery with a nurse (Lee Patrick) moving into a mansion after an apparent suicide to care for the old mother. The mother is kind of spooky, but so is the butler, and the girlfriend,... See full summary »

Director:

Noel M. Smith

Writers:

Anthony Coldeway (screenplay), Mary Roberts Rinehart (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lee Patrick ... Ruth Adams
Regis Toomey ... Inspector Tom Patten
Julie Bishop ... Florence Lentz
Ann Edmonds Ann Edmonds ... Paula Brent
George Campeau George Campeau ... Charles Elliott
Clara Blandick ... Miss Juliet Mitchell
Charles Waldron Charles Waldron ... Dr. Stewart (as Charles D. Waldron)
Charles Trowbridge ... Arthur Glenn
Leonard Mudie ... Hugo
Virginia Brissac ... Mary
Frank Reicher ... Mr. Henderson
Georgia Caine ... Miss Griffin
Douglas Kennedy ... Dr. Keene (as Keith Douglas)
Faye Emerson ... Telephone Girl
Lucia Carroll ... Nurse
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Storyline

Murder mystery with a nurse (Lee Patrick) moving into a mansion after an apparent suicide to care for the old mother. The mother is kind of spooky, but so is the butler, and the girlfriend, and the doctor, and... you get the point. After the insurance policy is found, the plot becomes more interesting. Written by Ed Lorusso

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The Police called it MURDER!!! (original poster) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 May 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Return of Miss Pinkerton See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Tucson Saturday 20 October 1956 on KDWI (Channel 9); it first aired in Salt Lake City Saturday 15 December 1956 on KUTV (Channel 2), in San Francisco Tuesday 8 January 1957 on KRON (Channel 4), and in Phoenix Tuesday 22 January 1957 on KPHO (Channel 5). See more »

Goofs

Dr. Stewart tells the nurse to "prepare a hypo, amyl nitrate, one tablet". Amyl nitrate only comes in liquid form. Further, injections are not prepared from tablets. He repeats this same error later. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown with a figure at the left, while the beam of a flashlight goes up and down towards the right, behind the credits. See more »

Connections

Version of Miss Pinkerton (1932) See more »

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Undercover nurse
13 November 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Lee Patrick stars in the title role of The Nurse's Secret. The secret that this nurse has is that she is working undercover and incognito at a mansion where a young heir has died. The coroner has ruled it suicide.

Still the homicide cop Regis Toomey has his doubts and he places his girlfriend Patrick in the home as an attending nurse to the maiden aunt owner Clara Blandick. The idea is to pick up any loose information she gets and report to Toomey. When Blandick gets herself poisoned Patrick finds herself in a nice jackpot.

This B film from Warner Brothers probably might have had Pat O'Brien in the lead with Ann Sheridan had it been an A film. It's hand me down material all right, but served up well.

There are a lovely household full of suspects and with a running time of little over an hour it keeps a good clip in its pace. Later the same year Lee Patrick gets her career role as Sam Spade's secretary in The Maltese Falcon. She never did break through the ranks into A players.

The Nurse's Secret does show Lee Patrick's capability in a lead which sadly she never had too many chances at.


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