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The Garden Murder Case (1936)

Passed  -  Drama | Mystery  -  21 February 1936 (USA)
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Two people with ties to rich murdered socialite Lowe Hammle die from unusual suicides but Vance suspects hypnosis and foul play.

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Zalia Graem
Benita Hume ...
Nurse Beeton
Douglas Walton ...
Floyd Garden
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Lowe Hammle
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Major Fenwicke-Ralston
Kent Smith ...
Woode Swift
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Frieda Inescort ...
Mrs. Fenwicke-Ralston
Henry B. Walthall ...
Dr. Garden
Jessie Ralph ...
Mrs. Hammle
Charles Trowbridge ...
Inspector Colby
Etienne Girardot ...
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Someone has shot and killed Lowe Hammle and everyone at his 22 room apartment is a suspect. The reasons are as varied as the number of people there. There is Dr. Garden, whose son Floyd was killed at the track in a mysterious way which is thought to be a suicide. There is Mrs. Fenwicke-Ralston who was supposed to complete a deal on a horse. There is the blackmailing Nurse Beeton and the niece Zalia, who knows that Uncle is trying to break up her relationship with Woode. Since there is no powder marks on the body, Vance knows that it is murder and believes that a woman did the job. But he has to find the killer and the motive. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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21 February 1936 (USA)  »

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Aoratos enohos  »

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First film of Kent Smith. See more »

Quotes

Philo Vance: [to Zalia] Very few girls can cry and still look lovely.
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Follows The Dragon Murder Case (1934) See more »

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(The Man on) The Flying Trapeze
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Music by George Leybourne
Hummed by Edmund Lowe in a shower
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Edmund Lowe makes a personable Philo Vance, but the script is pretty dumb.
1 December 1998 | by (Pine Grove, California) – See all my reviews

Of the ten actors who portrayed Philo Vance in the series, Edmund Lowe seemed the most personable, but in this script the audience is way ahead of the famed detective. After all, when the jockey, Douglas Walton, stares blankly in space, obviously hypnotized, and says something like "I must ride and be killed," I felt it was dumb that no one picked up on it after he does get killed. The police thought it was a suicide because he said he would do it! After hated horse owner Gene Lockhart gets shot and killed, Frieda Inescort does the same thing, saying she's going out to be killed, and then fatally jumps off a bus. I laughed when Lowe finally yells "I got it," as though it were a revelation. The guilty party, however, was cleverly concealed and there was considerable suspense generated when that party starts to hypnotize Lowe to get him to jump off a roof.


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