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The Casino Murder Case (1935)

Passed | | Mystery | 15 March 1935 (USA)
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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Priscilla Kinkaid Llewellyn
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Lynn Llewellyn
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Doris Reed
Arthur Byron ...
Richard Kinkaid
Ted Healy ...
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Currie
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Amelia Llewellyn
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Becky
Purnell Pratt ...
District Attorney John Markham (as Purnell B. Pratt)
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Dr. Kane
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Virginia Llewellyn
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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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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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This film received its initial television broadcasts in Los Angeles Monday 13 May 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11) and in San Francisco 25 February 1958 on KGO-TV (Channel 7); its first documented telecast in New York City did not occur until 21 September 1959 on WCBS (Channel 2). 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: Yes, we must discover the wrong direction in order to discover the right.
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Followed by Night of Mystery (1937) 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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An accidental worth-seeing
21 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

With a traditional murder-mystery detective plot, clearly written as a pulp novel before being transferred to the screen, this film abounds with idiosyncratic characters and overly dramatic actors. The framing of this mass-consumption plot occasionally leads to heaps of interesting shots, with the traditional benefits of black and white. Intensely-orchestrated scenes of overdone surprise and intruding butlers and maids make the film enjoyable from one moment to the next. Not to mention a delectable performance by Rosalind Russell.

The factors all come together for this film, and if you take it for its backdated surface value, you won't be wasting your time. The trees of this film, so to speak, make a great forest.


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