The Patient in Room 18 (film)

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The Patient in Room 18
Directed by Bobby Connolly
Crane Wilbur
Produced by Bryan Foy
Written by Eugene Solow
Robertson White
Mignon G. Eberhart (novel)
Starring Patric Knowles
Ann Sheridan
Cinematography James Van Trees
Distributed by Warner Brothers-First National Productions
Release date
  • January 8, 1938 (1938-01-08)
Running time
59 minutes
Country United States
Language English

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.



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.[1]

The film was followed by the sequel Mystery House in May 1938.


  1. ^ "WB Horror/Mystery Double Features". Warner Archive. Retrieved 2012-02-03. 

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