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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 ... 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 »

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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 dog who played Prince in this film, Lightning is the grandson of the silent film canine star Strongheart the Dog. 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

District Attorney Claude Drumm: Mason, you've got the reputation of being one of the shrewdest criminal lawyers in the country.
Perry Mason: Thank you.
District Attorney Claude Drumm: But even the cleverest lawyer sometimes puts his foot into it.
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Followed by Perry Mason: The Case of the Lady in the Lake (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Dames
(1934) (uncredited)
from Dames (1934)
Music by Harry Warren
Played on the radio when Bessie Foley turns it on in Clinton Foley's house
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Excellent mystery story, the first Perry Mason film
24 November 2007 | by robert-temple-1See all my reviews

This was the first Perry Mason film ever made, with Warren William as Mason, who is superb in the part, much better than Raymond Burr, who always annoyed me so much I could not watch the later Perry Mason films. Mason's assistant Della Street is here played by Helen Trenholme, a beautiful and talented choice, but she inexplicably left the film business after making this and one other film in 1934, and that was it. The best performance in the film is by Gordon Westcott, as a distraught client in a state of high anxiety and 'aggravated melancholia'. Unfortunately, he died not long after in a polo accident, which deprived the screen of a real talent. The direction is excellent, with lots of retreating dolly shot 'pullbacks' to add dynamism to the action. Mary Astor does well, but then when did she not? Hats off to Lightning the Dog, who is seen howling splendidly like a wolf in the initial shots of the film. I'd like to have one like that around the house, wouldn't you? Lots of character, not anybody's poodle, not a wimp. The plot of this film is wonderfully complex, a true brain-teaser. This is a Perry Mason film with serious intent, and not a pastiche. It is well worth watching.


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