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The Case of the Howling Dog (1934)

Approved | | Crime, Mystery, Drama | 22 September 1934 (USA)
An agitated and desperate man spares no expense in insisting that Mason represent him against a neighbor's howling dog and act as executor of his will.

Director:

Alan Crosland

Writers:

Ben Markson (screen play), Erle Stanley Gardner (from the story by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Warren William ... Perry Mason
Mary Astor ... Bessie Foley
Allen Jenkins ... Sgt. Holcomb
Grant Mitchell ... Claude Drumm
Helen Trenholme Helen Trenholme ... Della Street
Helen Lowell ... Elizabeth Walker
Dorothy Tree ... Lucy Benton
Gordon Westcott ... Arthur Cartwright
Harry Tyler ... Sam Martin - Taxi Driver
Arthur Aylesworth ... Sheriff Bill Pemberton
Russell Hicks ... Clinton Foley
Frank Reicher ... Dr. Carl Cooper
Addison Richards ... Judge Markham
James P. Burtis James P. Burtis ... George Dobbs (as James Burtis)
Eddie Shubert ... Ed Wheeler
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Storyline

A very nervous man named Cartwright comes into Perry's office to have the neighbor arrested for his howling dog. He states that the howling is a sign that there is a death in the neighborhood. He also wants a will written giving his estate to the lady living at the neighbors house. It is all very mysterious and by the next day, his will is changed and Cartwright is missing, as is the lady of the house next door. Perry has a will and a retainer and must find out whether he has a client or a beneficiary. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Meet Perry Mason, a new Sherlock Holmes with a new kind of personality.

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Crime | Mystery | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Den hylende Hund See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The first of four Perry Mason films played by Warren William. See more »

Goofs

Perry Mason makes mention of a howling police dog after bringing in a psychiatrist to observe Arthur Cartwright, yet at no time did Arthur Cartwright ever state that the howling dog was a police dog. See more »

Quotes

Perry Mason: [to Bessie] Remember, nobody ever got into trouble by not talking too much.
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Followed by Perry Mason: The Case of the Notorious Nun (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Hey! Sailor
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Sammy Fain
Tune that's playing on the radio when Perry Mason discovers Foley's body
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Barking up the right tree
17 November 2007 | by SpondonmanSee all my reviews

Perry Mason sprang into screen life through 6 Warner Bros. films made from 1934, one year after his inception in book form by Erle Stanley Gardner. The movie series started out well, but as with so many other detective series of this type gradually petered out in quality almost film by film until fizzling out a few years later. Also it's not like Raymond Burr's Perry Mason I grew up with, Warren William has a vast organisation behind him, contrary to his future occupation as the Lone Wolf!

Complicated story of a dog's howling driving a neighbour crackers leads to a sorry and sordid tale of multiple murder - and the howling is central to the plot too. You have to concentrate to follow the history of partner-swapping (after all, some of the Foley's and Cartwright's weren't even married!) but all is wonderfully resolved by Mason by the end. William was perfect for these kind of roles, his efficient and reassuring presence of mind imparting to cast and audience from the beginning that all will be eventually all right, even if in this case only if you don't say anything without him being present! How come Mary Astor landed the part of the woman with the shady past and inability to tell the truth so often? Allen Jenkins as a flatfoot doesn't get much of a part, but at least he got a chance to show off a rather natty moustache.

Well worth watching and a pleasant opener for an attorney with a long career ahead of him.


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