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The Dragon Murder Case (1934)

Approved | | Mystery | 25 August 1934 (USA)
The Stann family gives a small party prior to daughter Bernice's marriage to socialite Monty, but all of the guests seem to be against the match.

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S.S. Van Dine (by), F. Hugh Herbert (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Warren William ... Philo Vance
Margaret Lindsay ... Bernice
Lyle Talbot ... Dale Leland
Eugene Pallette ... Sgt. Heath
Helen Lowell ... Mrs. Stamm
Robert McWade ... Markham
Robert Barrat ... Rudolph Stamm
Dorothy Tree ... Ruby Steele
George E. Stone ... Ken Tatum
Etienne Girardot ... Dr. Doremus
George Meeker ... Monty Montague
Robert Warwick ... Dr. Halliday
William B. Davidson ... Greeff (as William Davidson)
Arthur Aylesworth ... Trainor - Stamm's Butler
Charles C. Wilson ... Detective Hennessey (as Charles Wilson)
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Wonderful idea to give a party with people who dislike each other. Late at night, everyone decides to go into the pool, except Stamm, who is drunk. Montague dives in as does Greeff and Leland, but only Greeff and Leland come out. Montague is no where to be found so Leland suspects foul play and calls the cops. Luckily, Philo is with the D.A. and comes along, but they do not find Montague. When they drain the pool the next day, they find nothing except what looks like dragon prints. Philo has his suspicions and tries to piece the clues together to find out what has happened. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 August 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Den hævnende drage See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Tropical fish were not as yet popular in Southern California, but they were called for in the script as one of the film's most important sets was a solarium filled with fish tanks, most remarkably, Siamese fighting fish. Pet stores did not stock them as there was no demand. Then an advanced collector located in the San Fernando Valley agreed to have his collection rented. The appearance of tropical fish in "The Dragon Murder Case" was the spark that boosted tropical fish sales nationwide. See more »

Goofs

When Monty enters Ruby's car at the filling station, the car door opens from the rear. When he exits her car at the Stamm house, the same door opens from the front (suicide door). See more »

Quotes

Dr. Doremus: [to Markham, angered that there is no body] I can't perform an autopsy on a theory! I'm a coroner, not a philosopher!
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Followed by Philo Vance's Secret Mission (1947) See more »

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Without That Certain Thing
(1933) (uncredited)
Written by Max Nesbitt and Harry Nesbitt
Played during the first scene in the house
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All the Suspects Look Fishy!
21 July 2007 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

S. S. Van Dine's sophisticated, witty, "gentleman" detective Philo Vance is back once again in this murder mystery about a group of rich people who have hidden/outward dislikes for each other attending a party and then deciding to take a dip in a naturally-made pool called the dragon pool. One man goes in and never comes out, and soon, with a host of suspects, Philo Vance, the district attorney, and the ever affable, blunderbuss of a policeman - Sergant Ernest Heath(Eugene Palette) arrive to take aim at cracking the mysterious disappearance and later death that is discovered. As mysteries go, this one really is not that bad, it has some real red herrings laced throughout and never gives too many obvious indications of just who the guilty party is. Warren William plays Vance and I thought he was adequate, though not in the league of previous Vance William Powell(who is?) or Basil Rathbone even before him. As with most Vance film, the best lines go to Eugene Palette who never seems to tire of making wonderful wisecracks and not thoroughly thought-out observations. The things that caught my attention more than anything else was the fish room in the palatial house with all of its aquariums. It really showed how the fish-keeping hobby had been started(through wealthy men tracking down different species abroad and bringing them back here). The collection was most impressive. A good period mystery all in all.


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