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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
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Philo Vance (Edmund Lowe) looks into some deaths where the murder seems to have been committed by hypnosis, which forced the people to kill themselves. This film starts off very good but really doesn't go anywhere and even the 61-minute running time seems very long. The story is an interesting one but the screenplay does very little with it due to some very boring characters, which just aren't that interesting. I've never been a fan of Lowe and that feeling continues here. He's decent in the role but he's just as tad too laid back to me. Virginia Bruce is the best part of the film as the woman Vance is interested in. Henry B. Whalthal plays a small, supporting role.
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