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Philo Vance's Secret Mission (1947)

Approved | | Mystery | 30 August 1947 (USA)
Publisher Martin Jamison sends for Philo Vance as he wants to hire him as a technical advisor on the crime stories he publishes. Paul Morgan, Morgan's partner, regards the plan as foolish. ... See full summary »

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Publisher Martin Jamison sends for Philo Vance as he wants to hire him as a technical advisor on the crime stories he publishes. Paul Morgan, Morgan's partner, regards the plan as foolish. Jamison tells his secretary Mona Bannister to bring Vance to his home that night and he will reveal the solution to the seven-year mystery of the killing of Sam Philips, former partner in the firm. Philips ex-wife, now a receptionist for the company, is alarmed when she overhears. As Vance and Mona drive up, two shots are heard and Jamison's body is later found in the trunk of Vance's car. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Of the 3 PRC Vance features,this was the last to be released (August 30, 1947) but the first to be shot (late September-early October 1946). See more »

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Follows Night of Mystery (1937) See more »

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Alan Curtis as Detective Philo Vance
24 November 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

OK, I am crazy but I really like these PRC Philo Vance mysteries. In fact they could be the best films PRC ever made. These Vance mysteries are well written, have a good cast and Curtis is excellent as Vance. But fair warning here, if one is expecting the Vance from the S. S. Van Dine novels, one will be greatly disappointed. Philo Vance is not the urbane genius of the books, but a standard 1940's handsome wise-cracking rascal.

In this film, Vance is hired by a publisher to write a true unsolved mystery. Many years before, the publisher's partner disappeared and the publisher believes he has found the solution to the mystery. Before he can explain all to Vance the publisher is found murdered. There are many suspects who all work at the publishing house and have reasons for keeping the mystery unsolved. Vance's probe reveals a very clever twist that had this veteran of movie mysteries fooled.


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