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The Greene Murder Case (1929)

At the end of each year, the extremely wealthy but odious Greene family gets together at the spooky old family castle to establish terms of a will, though they despise each other. This year... See full summary »

Director:

Frank Tuttle

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Bartlett Cormack (dialogue), Louise Long (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Powell ... Philo Vance
Florence Eldridge ... Sibella Greene
Ullrich Haupt Ullrich Haupt ... Dr. Arthur Von Blon
Jean Arthur ... Ada Greene
Eugene Pallette ... Sgt. Ernest Heath
E.H. Calvert ... Dist. Atty. John F.X. Markham (as Captain E.H.Calvert)
Gertrude Norman Gertrude Norman ... Mrs. Tobias Greene
Lowell Drew Lowell Drew ... Chester Greene
Morgan Farley ... Rex Greene
Brandon Hurst ... Sproot
Augusta Burmeister Augusta Burmeister ... Mrs. Gertrude Mannheim (as Augusta Burmester)
Marcia Harris Marcia Harris ... Hemming (as Marcia Hariss)
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At the end of each year, the extremely wealthy but odious Greene family gets together at the spooky old family castle to establish terms of a will, though they despise each other. This year, they start being mysteriously murdered one by one, and the police use Philo Vance to examine the clues and suspects. Written by WesternOne

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See ~ Philo Vance, Solve one of the most baffling crimes ever committed!

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 August 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Casa do Crime See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (MovieTone) (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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One of the earliest of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by MCA ever since. Because of its age, and its primitive sound recording techniques, which 1950s sponsors considered a viewing deterrent, it was only rarely taken off the shelf, but interest in the author of the original story and the still relevant members of the cast gave a few viewers, who chose to stay up for the Late, Late Show, an opportunity to take a look at it. In Lowell, Massachusetts it was aired 16 April 1960 on WBZ (Channel 4), in St. Louis 14 November 1960 on KMOX (Channel 4), in Los Angeles 3 March 1961 on KNXT (Channel 2), in Chicago 10 July 1961 on WBBM (Channel 2), in New York City 21 August 191 on WCBS (Channel 2), and in Wheeling, West Virginia, 15 November 1961 on WTRF (Channel 7). See more »

Goofs

In "The Greene Murder Case" (about 29 minutes in) someone mentions reading about "The Canary Murder Case". But, in "The Canary Murder Case" (about 21 minutes in) someone mentions that he hasn't seen Vance since "The Greene Murder Case". The studio may not have been sure which order the movies would be released when the dialog was written. See more »

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William Powell's second Philo Vance
17 March 2014 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

1929's "The Greene Murder Case" was the second of three early talkie Paramounts starring William Powell as Philo Vance, coming six months after the first, "The Canary Murder Case," eight months before the third, "The Benson Murder Case." Storywise, it's perhaps the best of all three, while technically it's a huge improvement on its predecessor, the pacing agreeable, the acting more natural, and Powell again joined by District Attorney Markham (E. H. Calvert) and Sgt. Ernest Heath (Eugene Palette). Also returning as a different character is young Jean Arthur, in a far more substantial role than her cameo in "The Canary Murder Case." The Greene household, consisting of bedridden matriarch and four offspring, are beholden to the will of the late patriarch Tobias Greene, requiring everyone to remain under the same roof for 15 years before the estate can be divided evenly between them. One dark midnight, both Chester (Lowell Drew) and Ada (Jean Arthur) end up shot (Chester fatally), but the robbery motive piques the curiosity of Philo Vance, particularly as the two shots were fired minutes apart. Always intrigued by the psychological aspects of each case, Vance has his hands full under this roof, where Tobias kept an extensive library on the history of crime. He may wind up solving this one by having only one suspect left! Florence Eldridge (Mrs. Fredric March) is an assured scene stealer, but her doctor boyfriend is played by dull as dishwater Ullrich Haupt (hard to believe that two women would be interested in him). Powell is far more involved here, and his amusing rapport with Eugene Palette never goes over the top. Struggling in a role few actresses could credibly pull off, beautiful Jean Arthur was still an unknown quality at the time, but remained one of Powell's favorite leading ladies (later seen to best advantage in "The Ex-Mrs. Bradford").


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