While the Patient Slept
While the Patient Slept is a 1935 comedy murder mystery film directed by Ray Enright and starring Aline MacMahon as a nurse/crime sleuth and Guy Kibbee as her boyfriend and police detective. It is based on the novel of the same name by Mignon G. Eberhart.
|While the Patient Slept|
|Directed by||Ray Enright|
|Produced by||Harry Joe Brown (uncredited)|
|Written by||Robert N. Lee|
Brown Holmes (add. dialogue)
|Based on||the novel While the Patient Slept|
by Mignon G. Eberhart
|Music by||Bernhard Kaun (uncredited)|
|Edited by||Owen Marks|
|Distributed by||First National Pictures|
A comedic murder mystery involving a nurse who is assigned to the at-home care of a man who recently had a stroke. While he is unconscious, on a dark and stormy night, a murder takes place in his bedroom. With family members and potential heirs confined to the house for several days, additional murders occur while the nurse and a police detective work on solving the case.
- Aline MacMahon as Nurse Sarah Keate
- Guy Kibbee as Detective Lt. Lance O'Leary
- Lyle Talbot as Ross Lonergan
- Patricia Ellis as March Federie
- Allen Jenkins as Police Sgt. Jim Jackson
- Robert Barrat as Adolphe Federie
- Hobart Cavanaugh as Eustace Federie
- Dorothy Tree as Mittie Federie
- Henry O'Neill as Elihu Dimuck
- Russell Hicks as Dr. Jay
- Helen Flint as Isobel Federie
- Brandon Hurst as Grondal
- Eddie Shubert as Detective Muldoon
- Walter Walker as Richard Federie
- George Chandler as Evening Bulletin Reporter
The New York Times reviewer was unimpressed: "Mr. Kibbie and Miss MacMahon finally break the case ... but the solution is not altogether satisfactory. Neither, for that matter, is the picture. Come right down to it, it's quite unsatisfactory." Later critics also had reservations about the film, as being a lesser version of the prize-winning book: "Unfortunately, the film producers, modeling the Eberhart mystery film versions on others of the day, sought to extend humorous quips between characters and eliminate significant elements of the plot that involved clues, no doubt in hopes of attracting a broader audience."
- L S. N. (March 2, 1935). "While the Patient Slept (1935)". The New York Times.
- Rick Cypert, James G. McManaway. America's Agatha Christie: Mignon Good Eberhart, Her Life and Works. Susquehanna University Press, 2005. p. 90.