MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 20,098 this week

The Benson Murder Case (1930)

Passed  -  Crime | Mystery | Thriller  -  13 April 1930 (USA)
6.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.8/10 from 82 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...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 1207 titles
created 13 Apr 2012
 
a list of 2981 titles
created 13 Apr 2012
 
list image
a list of 100 titles
created 12 Jul 2012
 
a list of 1996 titles
created 30 Oct 2012
 
a list of 15 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Benson Murder Case (1930)

The Benson Murder Case (1930) on IMDb 6.8/10

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.
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
William 'Stage' Boyd ...
Harry Gray (as William Boyd)
...
...
Adolph Mohler
Natalie Moorhead ...
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:

DID SHE KILL? Solve the crime that shocked New York! (original print ad - first sentence all caps) See more »


Certificate:

Passed
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

13 April 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Benson Murder Case  »

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 Gracie Allen Murder Case (1939) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
William Powell's third Philo Vance
18 March 2014 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

1930's "The Benson Murder Case" marked William Powell's third outing as debonair Philo Vance, following "The Canary Murder Case" and "The Greene Murder Case," with E. H. Calvert's District Attorney Markham, and Eugene Palette's Sgt. Ernest Heath also returning. The target for murder is ruthless stockbroker Anthony Benson (Richard Tucker), and it's certainly convenient that all of his jilted victims conveniently turn up in time for that fatal shot, his lifeless body tumbling down the steps. This time Vance is already present, challenged to solve this case by Harry Gray (William 'Stage' Boyd), who believes that no truly clever murderer would ever be caught by Vance. The paucity of suspects reduce the story from a 'whodunit' to a 'howdunit,' with future Philo Vance Paul Lukas and his Hungarian accent particularly difficult, playing a spineless, charisma-free gigolo. It's nice to find Powell's future "Thin Man" co-star (as Julia Wolf) Natalie Moorhead, playing a distinctively pre-code independent woman. Palette is again a delight, and Powell himself has even more to do than before, his meticulous recreation of the crime finally wearing down his devious foe. This was Paramount's final Philo Vance feature, following the release of MGM's "The Bishop Murder Case," which headlined another former villain, Basil Rathbone, in the title role. It would be three years before Vance would return to the screen, played for a fourth, and last, time by William Powell, again joined (this time at Warners) by Eugene Palette, with Robert McWade playing Markham.


0 of 0 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:
?