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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

Certificate:

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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

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Goofs

One second after Russell Hicks is shown in Grant Mitchell's office, a half second later a medium shot shows him with a serious look on his face. See more »

Quotes

Perry Mason: A girl can do a lot of writing for ten thousand bucks!
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Connections

Followed by Perry Mason: The Case of the Heartbroken Bride (1992) 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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Unusual film in the Perry Mason series
8 December 2005 | by chall-5See all my reviews

Wow, can't top the "Lightning" review, but here's more about the movie itself. I believe this was the first in a series of Perry Mason films starring Warren William.

What's odd is that this film has no other cast members in common with the subsequent films and in fact the whole tenor of the movie is quite different. In this film Perry has a huge office and staff of detectives. He makes no quips. Has no comic-relief sidekick. And the mystery itself is actually quite good.

Later films gave him a goofy detective sidekick ("Spudsey"), made more of the romance between Della Street and Perry, and had much less mystery in the plots. The appeal of these movies is Perry's string of one-liners he gives to the police, witnesses, etc.

But give this first film a look. There's no comic relief, but the plot is very involved and interesting.


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