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The Case of the Howling Dog (1934)

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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Warren William ...
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Bessie Foley
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District Attorney Claude Drumm
Helen Trenholme ...
Helen Lowell ...
Elizabeth Walker
Dorothy Tree ...
Lucy Benton
Gordon Westcott ...
Arthur Cartwright
Harry Tyler ...
Sam Martin - Taxi Driver
Arthur Aylesworth ...
Sheriff Bill Pemberton
Russell Hicks ...
Clinton Foley
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Dr. Carl Cooper
Addison Richards ...
Judge Markham
James P. Burtis ...
George Dobbs (as James Burtis)
Eddie Shubert ...
Ed Wheeler
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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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Crime | Mystery | Drama

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22 September 1934 (USA)  »

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The Case of the Howling Dog  »

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Trivia

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

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Della Street: I'm afraid you're on pretty thin ice, Mr. Mason.
Perry Mason: Will you skate with me? I haven't fallen through yet.
Della Street: It's dangerous.
Perry Mason: Will you take a chance?
Della Street: You know I will.
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Followed by Perry Mason: The Case of the Sinister Spirit (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Hey! Sailor
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Sammy Fain
Tune that's playing on the radio when Perry Mason discovers Foley's body
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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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