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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
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Professor Bertrand Dillard
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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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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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The finest of all S. S. Van Dine's murder mystery stories...now an all-talking picture! (original poster) See more »

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3 January 1930 (USA)  »

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Biskop-Mordet  »

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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

When the camera follows Carroll Nye to the left side of the rock in the park where he is murdered, there is obviously a cut before his head falls into camera range as the shadows change. 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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Followed by Night of Mystery (1937) See more »

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Aloha Oe
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Just a regular Sherlock Holmes
22 November 2006 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

I recently learned that Willard Huntington Wright aka S.S. Van Dine the author of the Philo Vance mysteries sold the various screen rights to his stories one at a time to the various studios who would pay for them. It's the reason that Paramount, MGM, Warner Brothers and later the B independent Producer's Releasing Corporation all had a hand in the series and we have so many Philos to compare styles with.

Basil Rathbone takes his turn at Philo and the Philo he creates isn't too much different from Sherlock Holmes. He's got no Watson to be his scribe and record his genius, but otherwise he's the same clever fellow who found out the secret of that hound of the Baskervilles, etc.

S.S. Van Dine did create a dumb flatfoot of a police sergeant Heath for Vance to constantly show up. At Paramount and later at Warner Brothers it was Eugene Palette, here we have James Donlon who even the maid puts down regularly. I'm not sure what Heath is there for because the District Attorney just calls in Vance for help when there's an interesting case.

Here we have the discovery of a dead body found on an archery field with an arrow through him. Of course the minute Vance gets there he deduces all is not as it appears.

I will say this, the murderer here was a surprise to me and even more important four people die in this film, but only the first murder was a planned one. The others happened because of some unforeseen circumstances our culprit didn't see coming.

That Philo, he's a regular Sherlock Holmes when it comes to solving these murders.


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