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The Case of the Velvet Claws (1936)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  15 August 1936 (USA)
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Perry marries Della but a beautiful woman interrupts their honeymoon night and demands Perry take her case at gunpoint.

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Wini Shaw ...
Eva Belter (as Winifred Shaw)
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Carl Griffin (as Gordon Elliott)
Joe King ...
George C. Belter (as Joseph King)
Addison Richards ...
Frank Locke
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Dick Purcell ...
Crandal
Kenneth Harlan ...
Peter Milnor
Clara Blandick ...
Judge Mary F. O'Daugherty
Ruth Robinson ...
Mrs. Veite
Paula Stone ...
Norma Veite
Robert Middlemass ...
Police Sgt. Wilbur Hoffman
Stuart Holmes ...
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Perry and Della are finally married by his old friend, Judge Mary. They plan to go on a honeymoon, but before it can start, Perry is retained by a woman with a gun and $5000. She wants him to stop a story that is coming out in 'Spicy Bits' about Peter Milner. When Perry cannot talk the editor out of publishing the story, he finds the owner and also finds that the woman who hired him was Mrs. Belter. Soon afterwards, George Belter is dead, Eva shot him and blames Perry Mason for the murder. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Clue Club #8: The Case of the Velvet Claws  »

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Perry Mason actually married Della Street in this movie. See more »

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Bill Elliott's character name is spelled "Carl Griffin" in the credits, but a newspaper report spells it "Carl Griffen". See more »

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Detective Jones: [Banging on door with other policemen] Open the door! We want to see Perry Mason!
Spudsy Drake: [On the inside of the locked door] Man, who do you think you are?
Detective Jones: Herbert B. Jones of the homicide squad.
Spudsy Drake: [shouting] Open that door, or we'll break it down!
Spudsy Drake: Well, uh, wait'll I put my pants on, will yuh?
Detective Jones: You've had enough time to knit a pair.
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Clever mystery has plenty of laughs but does not skimp on plot
1 October 2014 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

Perry Mason and Della Street burst into the courtroom, a noisy crowd at their heels. Boldly interrupting proceedings, Mason announces that he wants the judge to marry him and Della immediately. They're going on a honeymoon then he's giving up his criminal law career: "I have promised Della to become a sober filer of briefs." –Alas, when they get back to his apartment, there's a woman hiding in the bedroom with a gun, and the honeymoon is off.

A good balance between humor and suspense keeps this picture zipping along. Warren William dominates proceedings from start to finish in a flamboyant performance that is alternately silly and clever.

Of course there's a murder, and the strong plot has the murder victim's wife—who may be guilty herself—accusing Mason of the crime, forcing him to hide out in a hotel and rely on assistant Spudsy Drake to do research and legwork. Eddie Acuff is more comical than serious as Spudsy; he and Claire Dodd (as Della) are both very good.

A rather wild climactic gathering-of-the-suspects has Mason passing around kleenexes—over the course of the picture, just about everybody has caught his cold!

Great fun.


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