While the Patient Slept

While the Patient Slept
Directed by Ray Enright
Produced by Harry Joe Brown (uncredited)
Written by Robert N. Lee
Eugene Solow
Brown Holmes (add. dialogue)
Based on the novel While the Patient Slept
by Mignon G. Eberhart
Starring Aline MacMahon
Guy Kibbee
Music by Bernhard Kaun (uncredited)
Cinematography Arthur Edeson
Edited by Owen Marks
Distributed by First National Pictures
Release dates
  • March 2, 1935 (1935-03-02)
Running time
65-67 minutes
Country United States
Language English

While the Patient Slept is a 1935 comedy murder mystery film 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. Nurse Sarah Keate is the protagonist of several Eberhart books; two others were made into films as well: Mystery House and The Patient in Room 18, both released in 1938, though MacMahon was replaced by Ann Sheridan.



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."[1]


  1. L S. N. (March 2, 1935). "While the Patient Slept (1935)". The New York Times.

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