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Philo Vance's Gamble (1947)

Approved | | Mystery | 12 April 1947 (USA)
Philo goes after a gang of murderous jewel thieves.

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Laurian March (as Terry Austin)
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Mrs. Tina Cromwell
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Private Detective Philo Vance (Alan Curtis) gets involved with a succession of murders and a mystery concerning the disappearance of an emerald that has been smuggled into the United States. The first victim is the smuggler, Jeffrey Connor ('Dan Seymour (I)' qv)), who intended to double-cross his partners, one of which didn't appreciate Connor's intentions. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Of the 3 PRC Vance features, this was the first to be released (April 13, 1947) but the second to be shot (November 1946). See more »

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Follows The Bishop Murder Case (1930) See more »

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Alan Curtis works through emerald swindle conspiracy and murder
4 May 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Philo Vance's Gamble" (1947) is a good b-movie mystery from PRC, featuring Alan Curtis as Philo Vance. Not having read the novels, I can't comment on the faithfulness of his or the movie's adaptation.

The story opens with an emerald swindle going down, engineered by Dan Seymour and his girl friend, whom he plans on double-crossing after they've already swindled a syndicate of "investors" out of money used to buy a stolen emerald. Seymour plans to keep the proceeds of the jewel's sale and skip town. To reassure the syndicate, he has falsely claimed that Philo Vance is hired for protecting the jewel. In a roundabout way, Vance hears of this misuse of his name by the known criminal Seymour, and goes to visit Seymour. Murder complications ensue and Curtis is soon thoroughly involved in solving a complex case.

Alan Curtis always delivered rock-solid performances. He had the looks, the build and the voice that he combined with his acting skills to produce notable screen results. I always enjoy his work, and this movie showcases it despite its low-budget origin.


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