The Nurse's Secret

The Nurse's Secret is a 1941 murder mystery film directed by Noel M. Smith and starring Lee Patrick as a crime-solving nurse. The supporting cast features Regis Toomey and Julie Bishop.

The Nurse's Secret
Directed byNoel M. Smith
Written byAnthony Coldeway (scenario)
Based onMiss Pinkerton by Mary Roberts Rinehart
Produced byBryan Foy
William Jacobs
StarringLee Patrick
Regis Toomey
Julie Bishop
CinematographyJames Van Trees
Edited byDoug Gould
Distributed byWarner Brothers
Release date
  • May 24, 1941 (1941-05-24)
Running time
64 minutes
CountryUnited States

The film, which includes a rare leading role for Patrick who played the supporting part of Sam Spade's secretary in The Maltese Falcon that same year, is a remake of the film Miss Pinkerton and is based on the 1932 novel Miss Pinkerton by Mary Roberts Rinehart. Rinehart wrote a series of novels based on the character Hilda Adams. She is, however, most famous for her play "The Bat" which inspired Batman creator Bob Kane to create his famous comic book character.


A nurse (Lee Patrick) moves 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. After the insurance policy is found, the plot thickens.


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