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Philo Vance Returns (1947)

Passed | | Action, Crime, Mystery | 14 April 1947 (USA)
Playboy Larry Blendon (Damian O'Flynn) introduces his grandmother Stella Blendon (Clara Blandick) to his fiancée, radio singer Virginia Berneaux (Ramsay Ames). Despite Larry's record of ... See full summary »

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Playboy Larry Blendon (Damian O'Flynn) introduces his grandmother Stella Blendon (Clara Blandick) to his fiancée, radio singer Virginia Berneaux (Ramsay Ames). Despite Larry's record of broken romances and divorces, Virginia decides she will marry him. Virginia is slain that night and Blandon telephones his friend Philo Vance (William Wright) to help find the killer. Even as they talk, the killer strikes again and Philo hears Larry fall dead. Philo begins his investigation with Alexis Karnoff (leon Belasco'), Virginia's manager, and the two go to Larry's home, where Stella tells them that the motive for the killing might be Larry's will that names the six women in his life as heirs and if any die before the will is probated, the others will divide the shares. They also learn that Katherine Corbett(Phyllis Planchard), the first of Larry's wives, has been murdered. Suspicion now falls on Lorena Sims (Vivian Austin), a former wife who has been a patient at a sanitarium suffering from a ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Of the 3 PRC Vance features,this was the second to be released (June 14, 1947) but the last to be shot (December 17, 1946-early January 1947). This was also the very last Philo Vance feature film, of a total of 14 dating back to 1929. See more »

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Follows The Greene Murder Case (1929) See more »

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Written by William Kernell (as Bill Kernell) and Don A. Ferris (as Don Ferris)
Sung by Ramsay Ames (uncredited)
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PRC's Philo Vance number 3
10 May 2008 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

1947's "Philo Vance Returns" concluded the brief three picture series from PRC, which ended the screen incarnation of the popular detective first played by William Powell. After two entries starring Alan Curtis, flanked by comic sidekick Frank Jenks, this casts in the title role frequent villain William Wright, who not only gets awakened in the middle of the night to solve the murder of a playboy's fiancée, but hears the caller get shot before he even hangs up! Within five minutes, there are already 3 murder victims, and more suspects bite the dust before Vance figures things out. Aiding Vance is Leon Belasco (a great improvement on Frank Jenks, although playing a different character), stealing every scene with his witty dialogue and funny accent, particularly his seduction of Iris Adrian through kiss-proof lipstick. Clara Blandick, best remembered as Auntie Em in the immortal "Wizard of Oz," portrays the playboy's loving grandmother, while seen only briefly are former Universal starlets Ramsay Ames and Vivian Austin, (the latter had a much larger role in the previous entry, "Philo Vance's Gamble"). Special mention goes to Eddie Dunn as the investigating lieutenant; he did many memorable cameos in the comedies of Laurel and Hardy, W. C. Fields, and Abbott and Costello. The very low budget occasionally calls attention to itself though, again, the mystery is quite good; some viewers may correctly guess the killer's identity but there's more here than meets the eye. Perhaps due to his untimely death from cancer in 1949, William Wright was hardly a well known actor, and does not excel in his only stint as Vance, no match for even Alan Curtis (Leon Belasco gets all the good lines). PRC's Vance films compare favorably to the three Film Classic 'Falcon' features from 1948-49 with John Calvert. Television adapted several movie detectives in its first decade, but not Philo Vance; even Perry Mason, with only six features at Warners, enjoyed a long run in its small screen version.


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