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The Case of the Howling Dog (1934)

Approved | | Crime, Mystery, Drama | 22 September 1934 (USA)
An agitated and desperate man spares no expense in insisting that Mason represent him against a neighbor's howling dog and act as executor of his will.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Helen Trenholme ...
Helen Lowell ...
Elizabeth Walker
Lucy Benton
Gordon Westcott ...
Arthur Cartwright
Sam Martin - Taxi Driver
Sheriff Bill Pemberton
Clinton Foley
Dr. Carl Cooper
Judge Markham
James P. Burtis ...
George Dobbs (as James Burtis)
Eddie Shubert ...
Ed Wheeler


A very nervous man named Cartwright comes into Perry's office to have the neighbor arrested for his howling dog. He states that the howling is a sign that there is a death in the neighborhood. He also wants a will written giving his estate to the lady living at the neighbors house. It is all very mysterious and by the next day, his will is changed and Cartwright is missing, as is the lady of the house next door. Perry has a will and a retainer and must find out whether he has a client or a beneficiary. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Meet Perry Mason, a new Sherlock Holmes with a new kind of personality.


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22 September 1934 (USA)  »

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Den hylende Hund  »

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Did You Know?


First time the character Perry Mason ever appeared on film. See more »


Perry Mason makes mention of a howling police dog after bringing in a psychiatrist to observe Arthur Cartwright, yet at no time did Arthur Cartwright ever state that the howling dog was a police dog. See more »


District Attorney Claude Drumm: Mason, you've got the reputation of being one of the shrewdest criminal lawyers in the country.
Perry Mason: Thank you.
District Attorney Claude Drumm: But even the cleverest lawyer sometimes puts his foot into it.
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Followed by Perry Mason: The Case of the Reckless Romeo (1992) See more »


(1934) (uncredited)
from Dames (1934)
Music by Harry Warren
Played on the radio when Bessie Foley turns it on in Clinton Foley's house
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Unusual film in the Perry Mason series
8 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Wow, can't top the "Lightning" review, but here's more about the movie itself. I believe this was the first in a series of Perry Mason films starring Warren William.

What's odd is that this film has no other cast members in common with the subsequent films and in fact the whole tenor of the movie is quite different. In this film Perry has a huge office and staff of detectives. He makes no quips. Has no comic-relief sidekick. And the mystery itself is actually quite good.

Later films gave him a goofy detective sidekick ("Spudsey"), made more of the romance between Della Street and Perry, and had much less mystery in the plots. The appeal of these movies is Perry's string of one-liners he gives to the police, witnesses, etc.

But give this first film a look. There's no comic relief, but the plot is very involved and interesting.

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