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The Canary Murder Case (1929)

A beautiful showgirl, name "the Canary" is a scheming nightclub singer. Blackmailing is her game and with that she ends up dead. But who killed "the Canary". All the suspects knew and were ... See full summary »

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James Hall ...
Jimmy Spottswoode
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'The Canary' - Margaret O'Dell
Charles Lane ...
Charles Spottswoode
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John Cleaver
Gustav von Seyffertitz ...
Dr. Ambrose Lindquist
E.H. Calvert ...
Dist. Atty. John F.X. Markham (as Captain E. H. Calvert)
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Ned Sparks ...
Tony Skeel (as Ned A. Sparks)
Louis John Bartels ...
Louis Mannix
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A beautiful showgirl, name "the Canary" is a scheming nightclub singer. Blackmailing is her game and with that she ends up dead. But who killed "the Canary". All the suspects knew and were used by her and everyone had a motive to see her dead. The only witness to the crime has also been 'rubbed out'. Only one man, the keen, fascinating, debonair detective Philo Vance, would be able to figure out who is the killer. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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1929 (Germany)  »

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Die Stimme aus dem Jenseits  »

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Trivia

Paramount bought the rights to the first 3 S.S. Van Dine mysteries (The Benson Murder Case, The Canary Murder Case and The Greene Murder Case) as a package deal in 1928, filming the second effort first. MGM would outbid the studio for the 4th Philo Vance best-seller, The Bishop Murder Case (1930). See more »

Goofs

In "The Greene Murder Case" (about 29 minutes in) someone mentions reading about "The Canary Murder Case". But, in "The Canary Murder Case" (about 21 minutes in) someone mentions that he hasn't seen Vance since "The Greene Murder Case". The studio may not have been sure which order the movies would be released when the dialog was written. See more »

Quotes

'The Canary' - Margaret O'Dell: Shall we go over here?
Charles Spottswoode: Why, yes. Will you sit down?
'The Canary' - Margaret O'Dell: Thank you.
Charles Spottswoode: Well, I don't think we need to waste any time, Miss O'Dell. You know why I'm here. How much?
'The Canary' - Margaret O'Dell: Nothing doing, Mr. Spottswoode. I've decided to marry Jimmy.
Charles Spottswoode: I'm afraid that marriage is quite out of the question, Miss O'Dell.
'The Canary' - Margaret O'Dell: Oh. You're sure about that are, are you?
Charles Spottswoode: I'm positive.
'The Canary' - Margaret O'Dell: Well, how would you like me to tell the world about Jimmy's embezzling from your bank?
Charles Spottswoode: What?
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Crazy Credits

Upon its initial release, a message appeared at the end of the film requesting that the audience not reveal to anyone the surprise ending. See more »

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Followed by Philo Vance's Gamble (1947) See more »

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Not really Philo Vance
29 June 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is an interesting curiosity, as are so many films from the transition to sound.The "Canary" Murder Case was S.S.Van Dine's second in the Philo Vance series, and one of the best. It is a pity that they didn't follow the book more closely, and especially the character of Vance more closely. William Powell is rather nondescript as Vance, sort of like a watered down Nick Charles, without the wit and erudition that made the books so popular.(Vance is often described as "insufferable", which is puzzling when you consider that the books about him were tremendous best sellers, Apparently the American public didn't consider him insufferable. He has often been called, "the finest American detective in the English tradition". A little ironic, since what is often called the "English tradition" was started by Edgar Allen Poe in his C. Auguste Dupin stories). Actually the person who came closest to the true Vance was Warren William, but the character was never really developed as opposed to the character of Sherlock Holmes. Which is probably why Vance never really took off as a movie character.


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