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The Kennel Murder Case (1933)

Passed | | Crime, Mystery | 28 October 1933 (USA)
Philo Vance, accompanied by his prize-losing Scottish terrier, investigates the locked-room murder of a prominent and much-hated collector whose broken Chinese vase provides an important clue.

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

S.S. Van Dine (by), Robert N. Lee (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Powell ... Philo Vance
Mary Astor ... Hilda Lake
Eugene Pallette ... Detective Heath
Ralph Morgan ... Raymond Wrede - the Secretary
Robert McWade ... District Attorney Markham
Robert Barrat ... Archer Coe
Frank Conroy ... Brisbane Coe
Etienne Girardot ... Dr. Doremus
James Lee James Lee ... Liang - the Cook
Paul Cavanagh ... Sir Thomas MacDonald (as Paul Cavanaugh)
Arthur Hohl ... Gamble - the Butler
Helen Vinson ... Doris Delafield
Jack La Rue ... Eduardo Grassi (as Jack LaRue)
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Storyline

Archer Coe has been found dead in his locked bedroom. The cops consider it suicide, but Philo believes otherwise. When the Coroner shows up, he finds that Archer had been hit with a blunt object, stabbed and shot - making suicide unlikely. When the evidence points to his brother, Brisbane is found stabbed to death in the closet. Archer had a number of enemies, any one of which would have been glad to knock him off, but which one did and how did the murder occur in a room looked from the inside. Only one man, the keen, fascinating, debonair detective Philo Vance, would be able to figure out who is the killer. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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William Powell returns as Philo Vance. See more »

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Crime | Mystery

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 October 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Matando en la sombra See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

William Powell's last appearance as Philo Vance. See more »

Goofs

It's never explained where Philo gets the detailed models of the buildings involved in his explanation of this theory of the crime. See more »

Quotes

Detective Sgt. Heath: [to Vance] I've got it! The Chinese cook! They're always full of those tricks.
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Follows The Greene Murder Case (1929) See more »

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Entertaining, Fast-Paced Mystery
31 May 2001 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

William Powell, Michael Curtiz, and a good murder mystery make "The Kennel Murder case" an entertaining film. Philo Vance (Powell) does some of his most difficult deducting, and Curtiz's direction keeps things moving quickly.

When rich, obnoxious Archer Coe is murdered, the case causes lots of difficulty for the police. It's bad enough that Coe's meanness gave a good reason for murder to pretty much anyone who ever knew him, but it's even worse that the clues are so complicated that he could have been killed in at least two completely different ways. Only Vance can figure it all out, and after some good twists, there is an interesting and creative solution.

Though basically filmed as a routine whodunit, there are several good features besides the story itself. Powell is as lively as Vance as he was later as Nick Charles in the "Thin Man" films. Most of the rest of the cast is good, too, especially Mary Astor as one of the suspects and Eugene Pallette as the earnest but not very bright sergeant in charge of the case. Everything moves along quickly with many good touches of humor.

Most mystery fans will find this movie entertaining and enjoyable.


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