The Patient in Room 18 (film)
|The Patient in Room 18|
|Directed by||Bobby Connolly
|Produced by||Bryan Foy|
|Written by||Eugene Solow
Mignon G. Eberhart (novel)
|Cinematography||James Van Trees|
|Distributed by||Warner Brothers-First National Productions|
The Patient in Room 18 is a 1938 mystery-crime film, co-directed by Bobby Connolly and Crane Wilbur and starring Patric Knowles and Ann Sheridan. The film was based on the 1929 novel The Patient in Room 18 by Mignon G. Eberhart.
Private investigator Lance O'Leary (Patric Knowles) suffers a nervous breakdown from being unable to solve a case and his doctor has him hospitalized for rest. It just happens to be the same place where his lady friend, Sara Keate (Ann Sheridan), is the head nurse. The first night there a murder takes place as wealthy Mr. Warren is killed in his room and $100,000 worth of medicinal radium on his chest is stolen. Also, head doctor Dr. Lethany is murdered as well. Everyone on the staff seems to have a motive and O'Leary must work with combative Inspector Foley (Cliff Clark) to solve the crime.
- Patric Knowles as Lance O'Leary
- Ann Sheridan as Nurse Sara Keate
- Eric Stanley as Seymour Bentley (O'Leary's valet)
- John Ridgely as James 'Jim' Warren
- Rosella Towne as Nurse Maida Day
- Jean Benedict as Mrs. Carol Lethany
- Charles Trowbridge as Dr. Bahman
- Cliff Clark as Inspector Foley
- Harland Tucker as Dr. Arthur Lethany
- Edward Raquello as Dr. Fred 'Freddie' Harker
- Vickie Lester as Nurse Taylor
- Edward McWade as Frank Warren
- Ralph Sanford as Det. Donahue
- Frank Orth as Joe Higgins
The film was released theatrically by Warner Bros. in January 1938. It was never officially released on any home video format until issued by the Warner Archive Collection in October 2010 as part of a six-film horror/mystery DVD set.
The film was followed by the sequel Mystery House in May 1938.
- "WB Horror/Mystery Double Features". Warner Archive. Retrieved 2012-02-03.