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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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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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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

Woode Swift: [referring to glassy-eyed jockey Floyd Garden] Let's give him a glass of wine. Pep him up!
Edgar Lowe Hammle: Sure, lots of wine and the best too! We'll drink to my Azure Star.
[to the waiter]
Edgar Lowe Hammle: Say, hurry up with that!
[to his guests]
Edgar Lowe Hammle: We have the best horse in the East with the best wine in the world!
Zalia Graem: Uncle has the fastest horses, the best wine, and the biggest bank account in the world! One of these days he's going to have the richest funeral.
Edgar Lowe Hammle: Well, you won't be there to enjoy it!
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Follows The Canary Murder Case (1929) See more »

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(The Man on) The Flying Trapeze
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Music by George Leybourne
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Good entry for the Philo Vance series
12 October 2005 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

S.S. Van Dine must have been a shrewd businessman in dealing with Hollywood. Most of the film series' from the studio days were usually confined to one or two studios. But apparently Van Dine must have sold his rights to each book about Philo Vance one at a time. Note that Paramount, MGM, Warner Brothers, and more all released Philo Vance films. Only Tarzan seemed to get around Hollywood more.

MGM produced the Garden Murder Case and starred Edmund Lowe as the fashionable detective. Of course MGM had the screen's original Philo under contract at the time, but Bill Powell was busy doing The Thin Man at the time and I guess Louis B. Mayer decided to concentrate him there.

Edmund Lowe is a pretty acceptable Philo Vance. Lowe had started out pretty big at the tail end of the silent era with What Price Glory and then with a string of films with Victor McLaglen with their Flagg and Quirt characters. But after McLaglen got his Oscar for The Informer, Lowe seemed to fade into the B picture market.

The Garden Murder Case involves three separate victims, Douglas Walton, Gene Lockhart, and Frieda Inescourt. The sinister atmosphere around the perpetrator kind of gives it away, the mystery is really how all the killings are connected and how they are accomplished.

I will say this though. Vance takes a very big chance in exposing the villain and the last 15 minutes are worthy of Hitchcock.


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