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The Casino Murder Case (1935)

Passed | | Mystery | 15 March 1935 (USA)
After socialite Lynn Llewwllen receives an anonymous threat, he is poisoned at his uncle's casino, and although he recovers, his wife is murdered by the same killer.

Director:

Edwin L. Marin

Writers:

Florence Ryerson (screen play), Edgar Allan Woolf (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Paul Lukas ... Philo Vance
Alison Skipworth ... Priscilla Kinkaid Llewellyn
Donald Cook ... Lynn Llewellyn
Rosalind Russell ... Doris Reed
Arthur Byron ... Richard Kinkaid
Ted Healy ... Police Sergeant Ernest Heath
Eric Blore ... Currie
Isabel Jewell ... Amelia Llewellyn
Louise Fazenda ... Becky
Purnell Pratt ... District Attorney John Markham (as Purnell B. Pratt)
Leslie Fenton ... Dr. Kane
Louise Henry ... Virginia Llewellyn
Leo G. Carroll ... Smith (as Leo Carroll)
Charles Sellon ... Dr. Doremus
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Storyline

When Philo Vance receives a note that harm will befall Lynn at the casino that night, he takes the threat seriously while the DA dismisses it. At the casino owned by Uncle Kinkaid, Lynn is indeed poisoned under the watchful eye of Philo. However, he recovers, but the same cannot be said for Lynn's wife Virginia, who is at the family home. Only a family member could have poisoned Lynn and Virginia and everyone has their dark motives. Philo will follow the clues and find the perpetrator. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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S.S. Van Dine's Greatest Philo Vance Mystery!

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Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Casino Mysteriet See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Gene Perry as French Waiter, William Worthington as First Bidder and Edward Van Sloan are in studio records/casting call lists as cast members, but they did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. See more »

Goofs

When Virgina is poisoned, the doctor who examined her states that her pupils were dilated so much that he could barely see the retinas. The retina is a membrane in the back of the eye. He meant that he could barely see the iris. The iris is the colored part of the eye in which the pupil exists. A doctor should have known the difference between the iris and the retina. See more »

Quotes

Lynn: Got a gum?
Philo Vance: No.
[He is searched anyway]
Lynn: Sit down.
[after Vance sits]
Lynn: Surprised?
Philo Vance: No, it's all in this letter to Markham.
[Vance starts to reach for the letter]
Lynn: Keep your hand down. I'll take that!
[He takes the letter]
[...]
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Follows The Bishop Murder Case (1929) See more »

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[Played by dance band in the casino.]
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One Too Many Jokers in the Deck
21 July 2007 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

Basil Rathbone. Warren William. William Powell. And now? Paul Lukas. All played Philo Vance in the movies up to 1935 when Lukas took his turn as the urbane, suave American detective Philo Vance. I really like Lukas as an actor, but I must agree with a previous review that stated how distracting his accent was and how much it affects his character's credibility. I had trouble forgetting about it(probably as every time he spoke I was reminded!). This time around, Vance gets a note warning him that a member of a rich family is going to be killed at a family-owned casino. Vance investigates and has a keen interest in the possibility of a crime being committed and even more interest in the rich matriarch's private secretary Rosiland Russell. Russell is really quite good as she has an excellent tough for light comedy - which this is undoubtedly more so than a mystery. The mystery at times almost seems to be in the way of some cute comedy sketches between various secondary characters only to be explained with some hugely wild plot contrivance dealing with hard water! While Lukas and the mystery are not up to what I usually expect from a Philo Vance film, the film is saved because the end resolution is at the very least interestingly inventive and there are some really fine character performances by Russell, William Demarest,Louise Fazenda, Isabel Jewell, Ted Healey, Leo G. Carroll, and two that really stand out for me - Charles Sellon as the always put-upon coroner(he keeps busy in this one) and the ever impregnable Eric Blore( a master of sophisticated comedy for man-servants).


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