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The Casino Murder Case (1935)

Passed  -  Mystery  -  15 March 1935 (USA)
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After socialite Lynn Llewwllen receives an anonymous threat, he is poisoned at his uncle's casino, and although he recovers, his wife is murdered by the same killer.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Alison Skipworth ...
Mrs. Llewellyn
Donald Cook ...
Lynn
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Doris
Arthur Byron ...
Kinkaid
Ted Healy ...
Eric Blore ...
Currie
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Amelia
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Becky
Purnell Pratt ...
Markham (as Purnell B. Pratt)
Leslie Fenton ...
Dr. Kane
Louise Henry ...
Virginia
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Smith (as Leo Carroll)
Charles Sellon ...
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Storyline

When Philo Vance receives a note that harm will befall Lynn at the casino that night, he takes the threat seriously while the DA dismisses it. At the casino owned by Uncle Kinkaid, Lynn is indeed poisoned under the watchful eye of Philo. However, he recovers, but the same cannot be said for Lynn's wife Virginia, who is at the family home. Only a family member could have poisoned Lynn and Virginia and everyone has their dark motives. Philo will follow the clues and find the perpetrator. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Mystery

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15 March 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dalle 7 alle 8  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The first film in which Rosalind Russell receives credit above the title. See more »

Goofs

When Virgina is poisoned, the doctor who examined her states that her pupils were dilated so much that he could barely see the retinas. The retina is a membrane in the back of the eye. He meant that he could barely see the iris. The iris is the colored part of the eye in which the pupil exists. A doctor should have known the difference between the iris and the retina. See more »

Quotes

Lynn: Got a gum?
Philo Vance: No.
[He is searched anyway]
Lynn: Sit down.
[after Vance sits]
Lynn: Surprised?
Philo Vance: No, it's all in this letter to Markham.
[Vance starts to reach for the letter]
Lynn: Keep your hand down. I'll take that!
[He takes the letter]
[...]
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Connections

Followed by The Scarab Murder Case (1936) See more »

Soundtracks

Clouds
(uncredited)
[Played by dance band in the casino.]
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Not bad mystery enhanced by Rosalind Russell's presence
30 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of many films with Philo Vance as the protagonist but the only one with Paul Lukas as the famed detective. He isn't a perfect fit as Vance but does a good job nonetheless.

The real reason to catch this is to get a glimpse of Rosalind Russell early in her career. At this point she was starting to get mired in, as she referred to them, "Lady Mary" roles all dignity, stiff upper lip and little humor. This part hints at the skillful comedienne she was to become. This was only her fifth film but the first where her name appeared above the title a clear sign that the studio had bigger plans for her than to be a leading lady in B pictures.

As for the mystery it's not terribly hard to figure out but it's stylishly shot with a good supporting cast.


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