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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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(Western Electric Sound System)

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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

Philo Vance: [after smashing a garish statue of an angel] The man who destroys a monstrosity like this does more than a man who creates a masterpiece.
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Follows The Dragon Murder Case (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphonische Dichtung 'Les Préludes'
(1848) (uncredited)
Music by Franz Liszt
Played on a car radio, but morphed into the score
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One Too Many Jokers in the Deck

Basil Rathbone. Warren William. William Powell. And now? Paul Lukas. All played Philo Vance in the movies up to 1935 when Lukas took his turn as the urbane, suave American detective Philo Vance. I really like Lukas as an actor, but I must agree with a previous review that stated how distracting his accent was and how much it affects his character's credibility. I had trouble forgetting about it(probably as every time he spoke I was reminded!). This time around, Vance gets a note warning him that a member of a rich family is going to be killed at a family-owned casino. Vance investigates and has a keen interest in the possibility of a crime being committed and even more interest in the rich matriarch's private secretary Rosiland Russell. Russell is really quite good as she has an excellent tough for light comedy - which this is undoubtedly more so than a mystery. The mystery at times almost seems to be in the way of some cute comedy sketches between various secondary characters only to be explained with some hugely wild plot contrivance dealing with hard water! While Lukas and the mystery are not up to what I usually expect from a Philo Vance film, the film is saved because the end resolution is at the very least interestingly inventive and there are some really fine character performances by Russell, William Demarest,Louise Fazenda, Isabel Jewell, Ted Healey, Leo G. Carroll, and two that really stand out for me - Charles Sellon as the always put-upon coroner(he keeps busy in this one) and the ever impregnable Eric Blore( a master of sophisticated comedy for man-servants).


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