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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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Richard Kinkaid
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Police Sergeant Ernest Heath
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Currie
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Amelia Llewellyn
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Virginia Llewellyn
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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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S.S. Van Dine's Greatest Philo Vance Mystery!

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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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 »

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Philo Vance: Yes, we must discover the wrong direction in order to discover the right.
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Follows The Kennel Murder Case (1933) See more »

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[Played by dance band in the casino.]
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Heavy-handed explanations don't help this Philo Vance yarn...
13 June 2007 | by See all my reviews

PAUL LUKAS stars as Philo Vance in this trifle designed to entertain audiences with an intriguing murder mystery laced with comedy. The comedy is just so-so and the mystery is weighed down by some heavy-handed explanations involving "heavy water", a most curious plot device and one that Agatha Christie mercifully never thought of as a poison.

ALISON SKIPWORTH is a wealthy eccentric woman whose murder prompts the arrival of Philo Vance on the scene. ISABEL JEWELL overacts in her usual style as the woman's daughter, while ROSALIND RUSSELL does considerably better as another household relative. LEO G. CARROLL handles his butler role efficiently and LOUISE FAZENDA is just slightly annoying as an eaves-dropping maid assigned most of the comedy relief.

The mystery elements are handled in okay fashion but the use of "heavy water" as a plot device seems totally far-fetched. PAUL LUKAS does rather nicely as Philo Vance but it takes awhile to get used to him in the role often played by more debonair types.

Nothing special, but passes the time pleasantly.


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