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The Bishop Murder Case (1930)

Passed  -  Drama | Mystery  -  3 January 1930 (USA)
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When the body of a man nicknamed "Cock Robin" is found with an arrow in the heart on an archery range along with a chess bishop as a clue, Philo Vance investigates.

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Belle Dillard
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Sigurd Arnesson
Alec B. Francis ...
Professor Bertrand Dillard
George F. Marion ...
Adolph Drukker
Zelda Sears ...
Mrs. Otto Drukker
Bodil Rosing ...
Grete Menzel
Carroll Nye ...
John E. Sprigg
Charles Quatermaine ...
John Pardee (as Charles Quartermaine)
James Donlan ...
Sidney Bracey ...
Pyne (as Sydney Bracey)
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Delmer Daves ...
Raymond Sperling
Nellie Bly Baker ...
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Storyline

The murders start with the body of Robin. He is found with a arrow through the heart, but Vance deduces that the body was placed and not found where he was killed. The note found dealing with the murder was part of a nursery rhyme and signed by 'Bishop'. The only witness may have been Mrs. Drukker and Adolph, but they are not talking. As the murders progress, each one is accompanied by a nursery rhyme. It is up to Philo Vance to unravel the clues and unmask the identity of the murderer 'Bishop'. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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ALL-TALKING!...ALL-THRILLS! (original poster) See more »

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Drama | Mystery

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3 January 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Biskop-Mordet  »

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(Western Electric System)

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1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Several times Roland Young's character sarcastically calls Basil Rathbone's investigator character "Sherlock Holmes". Nine years later Rathbone would take the role of Holmes and it became his iconic role. See more »

Goofs

Zelda Sears is credited on-screen as playing "Mrs. Otto Drukker," but throughout the film she is called Miss Drucker and is referred to as the sister of Adolph Drukker, with no other Drukker in evidence (in particular, there is no Otto). This does, however, duplicate the name given in the "Cast of Characters" of the original book by S. S. Van Dine. (Although, in the book, she is listed as Adolph Drukker's mother.) See more »

Quotes

Belle Dillard: [as Sprigg and Arnesson enter] Eric, Eric! I'm so glad you're here. Robin's been killed!
John E. Sprigg: Robin?
Sigurd Arnesson: Cock Robin. Well, his name was against him, wasn't it?
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Connections

Followed by The Gracie Allen Murder Case (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Waltz in A Minor, Op.34, No.2 ('Waltz Brilliante')
(1831-39) (uncredited)
Written by Frédéric Chopin
Played on piano by Basil Rathbone
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Good for 1930
6 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Good effort given the primitive technology. This very early talkie does not creak like most of them did, and you believe that the same team could have done much better only a few years later.

Check out the innovative scene of Hyams at the three-way mirror. Beautiful scene that directors even today should view for technique. There are several little skilled touches added to this film that make you realize that the only limitation on the talent was the primitive lower-than-low tech.

Rathbone and Hyams seem more modern than the movie and they definitely do not creak.

Must reluctantly give it a "5" because of old set-bound look of the film and the lack of music but it is rewarding if you can overlook such drawbacks.


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