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The Benson Murder Case (1930)

Passed | | Crime, Mystery, Thriller | 13 April 1930 (USA)
A ruthless, crooked stockbroker is murdered at his luxurious country estate, and detective Philo Vance just happens to be there; he decides to find out who killed him.

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Cast overview:
... Philo Vance
... Harry Gray (as William Boyd)
... Sgt. Ernest Heath
... Adolph Mohler
... Fanny Del Roy
... Anthony Benson
May Beatty ... Mrs. Paula Banning
... Dist. Atty. John F.X. Markham
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A murder takes place virtually in front of Philo Vance's eyes which, for all intents and purposes, should mean that even Sergeant Heath could solve it and Philo can go back home. Not quite, and neither can Philo Vance for a long period of time. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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DID SHE KILL? Solve the crime that shocked New York! (original print ad - first sentence all caps) See more »


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The screen rights for the original 1926 source novel, the first in the Philo Vance series, was purchased by Paramount from author S.S. Van Dine for $17,500. See more »

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Followed by The Kennel Murder Case (1933) See more »

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A Taunting Perpetrator
30 March 2011 | by See all my reviews

Stockbroker Richard Tucker is the victim in The Benson Murder Case. In 1930 a lot of people would like to have murdered their stockbrokers. But in the Great Depression, Tucker is living high on the hog even after the Stock Market Crash.

The Benson Murder Case is not a whodunit as much as it plays like a Columbo mystery. In this film, the perpetrator is practically daring William Powell to solve this one correctly. But you do really enjoy the film when Powell actually does.

The film is a typical closed ring of suspects murder mystery as many people who would dearly like to have seen Tucker done in for calling in their stock margins before they were given a chance to make good. They all show up at Tucker's Westchester county estate, but unfortunately the District Attorney E.H. Calvert has the place next door and he's invited Philo Vance for the weekend.

The Benson Murder Case keeps up the high standard of Vance film that Powell did. S.S. Van Dine and later his estate sold the various Vance novels to many studios one at a time which is why there were so many Philo Vances out there. Powell's next Vance film would be for Warner Brothers while he had a brief sojourn there before moving to MGM and The Thin Man.

The Benson Murder Case was the last Philo Vance film that Powell did for Paramount and it was a good one.


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