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The Dragon Murder Case (1934)

 -  Mystery  -  25 August 1934 (USA)
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The Stann family gives a small party prior to daughter Bernice's marriage to socialite Monty, but all of the guests seem to be against the match.

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Complete credited cast:
Warren William ...
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Bernice
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Leland
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Helen Lowell ...
Mrs. Stamm
Robert McWade ...
Robert Barrat ...
Stamm
Dorothy Tree ...
Ruby
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Tatum
Etienne Girardot ...
George Meeker ...
Monty Montague
Robert Warwick ...
Dr. Halliday
William B. Davidson ...
Greeff (as William Davidson)
Arthur Aylesworth ...
Trainor - Stamm's Butler
Charles C. Wilson ...
Det. Hennessey (as Charles Wilson)
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Wonderful idea to give a party with people who dislike each other. Late at night, everyone decides to go into the pool, except Stamm, who is drunk. Montague dives in as does Greeff and Leland, but only Greeff and Leland come out. Montague is no where to be found so Leland suspects foul play and calls the cops. Luckily, Philo is with the D.A. and comes along, but they do not find Montague. When they drain the pool the next day, they find nothing except what looks like dragon prints. Philo has his suspicions and tries to piece the clues together to find out what has happened. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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25 August 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Den hævnende drage  »

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When Vance is in the Stann Family Vault, the only source of light is his flashlight. He bends over and moves down toward the floor to pick something up. The circular light should get smaller as he moves closer to the floor, but it doesn't. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Doremus: [to Markham, angered that there is no body] I can't perform an autopsy on a theory! I'm a coroner, not a philosopher!
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Followed by Philo Vance's Secret Mission (1947) See more »

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Without That Certain Thing
(1933) (uncredited)
Written by Max Nesbitt and Harry Nesbitt
Played during the first scene in the house
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Was Philo Vance Getting Into The Realm of Science Fiction?
13 June 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

At one of those closed gatherings of suspects so popular in murder mysteries where a whole lot of the guests have good enough reason to do the victim in, George Meeker dives into a swimming pool and does not emerge. The disappearance is enough to call in the District Attorney, Robert McWade who just happens to be out on the town with famous private detective Philo Vance in this film played by Warren William.

One thing about the Philo Vance series that I always found amusing was that the District Attorney and the police in the person of Sergeant Heath, Eugene Palette, never are too proud to accept and be grateful for the help that super sleuth Vance gives them. They were anticipating Adrian Monk by a couple of generations.

Of course the body is found later on with the appearance that he may have been done in by something terrifying and unknown. The pool is not a pool in the usual sense, it's a dammed up stream and legends have it that a monster lived down there back in the days when the Indians were the only ones around.

Philo Vance was getting into science fiction it seemed. But of course he does solve the case and the culprit is quite human with some very human motives for the crime.

S.S. Van Dine for reasons I can't explain sold his various novels piecemeal to different studios. Which is why there are so many Vances on the screen. Warren William is one of the best of them.

This particular Vance is not one of the best, but it's still a pretty good mystery though fans of mystery films I think will figure out early on who the murderer is.


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