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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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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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Storyline

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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Drama | Mystery

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21 February 1936 (USA)  »

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Aoratos enohos  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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Trivia

Fred Warren as "Ah Fooey" is in studio records/casting call lists as a cast member, but he did not appear in the movie. Hollywood Reporter production charts included Robert McWade and Leonard Carey in the cast, but neither of them appeared in the movie. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Doremus: [to the butler who's showing him in] I don't need an usher to lead me to a corpse.
[to Markham and Vance]
Dr. Doremus: Evening, Mr. Markham. Evening, Mr. Vance.
Sergeant Ernest Heath: [sarcastically] What! No kiss for me, honey?
Dr. Doremus: Ah!
Philo Vance: [as Doremus takes a sandwich out of his bag] My dear doctor, what is that?
Dr. Doremus: My dinner.
District Attorney Markham: You're not going to eat in here?
Dr. Doremus: Why not? For fourteen years you've called me from my soup to look at some dissipated cadaver. From now on, I'll eat with some corpse.
Sergeant Ernest Heath: Don't forget, Doc, Christmas dinner at the morgue.
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Connections

Follows The Benson Murder Case (1930) See more »

Soundtracks

(The Man on) The Flying Trapeze
(1868) (uncredited)
Music by George Leybourne
Hummed by Edmund Lowe in a shower
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Philo Vance hypnotize scene repeated in 1945
12 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When Philo Vance (Edmund Lowe) is standing precariously on the edge of a balcony high above the city, apparently hypnotized and just about to step to his death,it immediately reminded me of a nearly identical scene in another film made nine years later, "The Woman in Green" in which Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone)is similarly about to hurl himself into space while being hypnotized.

Happily, both Philo Vance and Sherlock Holmes survive these attempts at murder by unscrupulous criminals. Exciting cinematic suspense in both these scenes. When will they learn you can't cloud the minds of great fictional detectives ?


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