MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 26,761 this week

The Benson Murder Case (1930)

Passed  |   |  Crime, Mystery, Thriller  |  13 April 1930 (USA)
6.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.6/10 from 93 users  
Reviews: 7 user | 1 critic

A ruthless, crooked stockbroker is murdered at his luxurious country estate, and detective Philo Vance just happens to be there; he decides to find out who killed him.

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (scenario)
0Check in
0Share...

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 3092 titles
created 13 Apr 2012
 
a list of 5106 titles
created 12 Oct 2012
 
list image
a list of 9997 titles
created 26 Nov 2013
 
list image
a list of 1267 titles
created 9 months ago
 
a list of 4 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Benson Murder Case (1930)

The Benson Murder Case (1930) on IMDb 6.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Benson Murder Case.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Publisher Martin Jamison sends for Philo Vance as he wants to hire him as a technical advisor on the crime stories he publishes. Paul Morgan, Morgan's partner, regards the plan as foolish. ... See full summary »

Director: Reginald Le Borg
Stars: Alan Curtis, Sheila Ryan, Tala Birell
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A young Sherlock Holmes seeks to bring down the criminal mastermind Moriarty as he solves a crime involving a blackmailed prince.

Director: Albert Parker
Stars: John Barrymore, Roland Young, Carol Dempster
The Thin Man (1934)
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Nick and Nora Charles, a former detective and his rich, playful wife, investigate a murder case mostly for the fun of it.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke
Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Maureen O'Sullivan
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Gardoni, a down-on-his-luck vaudeville performer, is taken in by a fellow performer, a clown who has a bicycle riding act. Gardoni shows his appreciation by stealing the clown's act and his girlfriend, whom he marries.

Directors: Robert Milton, Dorothy Arzner, and 2 more credits »
Stars: Hal Skelly, William Powell, Fay Wray
Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Sherwood Nash is a swindler who bootlegs Paris fashions for sale at cut-rate prices. His assistant Lynn poses as An American interested in a dress and Snap conceals a camera in his cane. ... See full summary »

Director: William Dieterle
Stars: William Powell, Bette Davis, Frank McHugh
Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Philo goes after a gang of murderous jewel thieves.

Director: Basil Wrangell
Stars: Alan Curtis, Vivian Austin, Frank Jenks
Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Michael Hankinson
Stars: Wilfrid Hyde-White, Wally Patch, Kathleen Kelly
Comedy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The zany plot follows nitwit Gracie Allen trying to help master sleuth Philo Vance solve a murder. Allen's uncle fixes her up with Bill at a company picnic. When the two go out to a ... See full summary »

Director: Alfred E. Green
Stars: Gracie Allen, Warren William, Ellen Drew
The Key (1934)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

British officer is assigned to duty in Ireland and gets embroiled in Anglo-Irish battles and old girl friend who is now married to an Irishman. Powell learns more than he wanted to know ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: William Powell, Edna Best, Colin Clive
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

John Nelson, a well-to-do businessman, is escorting a woman he knows as Ethel Barry to the door of her apartment suite when a man steps out of the shadows and angrily demands to know where ... See full summary »

Director: Louis J. Gasnier
Stars: William Powell, Marion Shilling, Natalie Moorhead
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

William Powell plays William Foster, a slick attorney who stays within the law, but specializes in representing crooks and shady characters. He's adept at keeping them out of jail, winning ... See full summary »

Director: John Cromwell
Stars: William Powell, Kay Francis, Scott Kolk
Certificate: Passed Action | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Playboy Larry Blendon (Damian O'Flynn) introduces his grandmother Stella Blendon (Clara Blandick) to his fiancée, radio singer Virginia Berneaux (Ramsay Ames). Despite Larry's record of ... See full summary »

Director: William Beaudine
Stars: William Wright, Vivian Austin, Leon Belasco
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
William 'Stage' Boyd ...
Harry Gray (as William Boyd)
...
...
Adolph Mohler
...
Fanny Del Roy
Richard Tucker ...
Anthony Benson
May Beatty ...
Mrs. Paula Banning
E.H. Calvert ...
Edit

Storyline

A murder takes place virtually in front of Philo Vance's eyes which, for all intents and purposes, should mean that even Sergeant Heath could solve it and Philo can go back home. Not quite, and neither can Philo Vance for a long period of time. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Murder done before your eyes! Vance right on the scene! Five suspects defy you to pick the guilty person! That's "THE BENSON MURDER CASE" (original print ad- title in all caps) See more »


Certificate:

Passed
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

13 April 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Benson-mysteriet  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(MovieTone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

Connections

Followed by The Garden Murder Case (1936) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
William Powell To The Rescue
28 May 2010 | by (Ramsey, NJ) – See all my reviews

"The Benson Murder Case" would have been another unexceptional, run-of-the-mill murder film. Worth watching but largely stagebound and with a primitive sound system (the players' voices fade in and out as they get closer or further from the mike). The deus-ex-machina is outrageously contrived to the point of unfairness, like some of Agatha Christies' stories. It starts off on a dark and stormy night, all suspects at the country estate of a hated stock broker, and, guess what? He gets bumped off. So far, pretty routine.

Enter William Powell as Philo Vance and the picture immediately goes from a rating of 4 up to a 6. Dapper and sophisticated and with his inimitable off-handed cocksuredness, Powell rescues the film just by coming in the front door. This was his milieu and in these circumstances he was the best ever.

Also on hand is Eugene Palette as the dense Police Lieutenant. and Richard Tucker as the corpse-to-be. Mischa Auer appears as a suspicious manservant and Paul Lukas as a mendacious gigolo. If it comes on it is worth a watch as a whodunit (you won't guess) and as a very early example of a new sound film.


3 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Benson Murder Case (1930) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?