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The Garden Murder Case (1936)

Passed | | Drama, Mystery | 21 February 1936 (USA)
Two people with ties to rich murdered socialite Lowe Hammle die from unusual suicides but Vance suspects hypnosis and foul play.

Director:

Edwin L. Marin

Writers:

Bertram Millhauser (screen play), S.S. Van Dine (from the book by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Edmund Lowe ... Philo Vance
Virginia Bruce ... Zalia Graem
Benita Hume ... Nurse Beeton
Douglas Walton ... Floyd Garden
Nat Pendleton ... Sergeant Heath
Gene Lockhart ... Lowe Hammle
H.B. Warner ... Major Fenwicke-Ralston
Kent Smith ... Woode Swift
Grant Mitchell ... Inspector Markham
Frieda Inescort ... Mrs. Fenwicke-Ralston
Henry B. Walthall ... Dr. Garden
Jessie Ralph ... Mrs. Hammle
Charles Trowbridge ... Inspector Colby
Etienne Girardot ... Dr. Doremus
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Storyline

Someone has shot and killed Lowe Hammle and everyone at his 22 room apartment is a suspect. The reasons are as varied as the number of people there. There is Dr. Garden, whose son Floyd was killed at the track in a mysterious way which is thought to be a suicide. There is Mrs. Fenwicke-Ralston who was supposed to complete a deal on a horse. There is the blackmailing Nurse Beeton and the niece Zalia, who knows that Uncle is trying to break up her relationship with Woode. Since there is no powder marks on the body, Vance knows that it is murder and believes that a woman did the job. But he has to find the killer and the motive. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 February 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pod hipnozom See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the beginning of the movie, the music used in the background is from MGMs 1935 A Night At The Opera, the Marx Bros. hit movie. Obviosly, the studio owned the rights to the music and saved money by using it in the background. See more »

Quotes

Philo Vance: [to Zalia] Very few girls can cry and still look lovely.
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Connections

Follows The Dragon Murder Case (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

(The Man on) The Flying Trapeze
(1868) (uncredited)
Music by George Leybourne
Hummed by Edmund Lowe in a shower
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Neat little Philo Vance programmer...
11 October 2005 | by Neil DoyleSee all my reviews

EDMUND LOWE (who reminds me somewhat of Warren William), heads the nice cast of an interesting little mystery that moves at a brisk pace and runs just a little over an hour.

Douglas Walton plays the unlucky jockey who appears to be intent on his own demise (hypnotism, anyone?), and the suspects include a good number of the supporting cast--everyone from Virginia Bruce, Kent Smith, Frieda Inescourt, Gene Lockhart, Jessie Ralph, Benita Hume, Rosalind Ivan and H.B. Warner. As an added bonus, there's Nat Pendleton as a dimwit detective--and furthermore, get a load of that art deco set decoration for the fancy interiors of a wealthy home. Must have been a set that was used in many a subsequent film.

On the plus side, the mystery is not so complicated that anyone can follow the plot with reasonable assurance of not being too baffled. It's all suddenly clear to detective Philo Vance--and then he has a final confrontation with the murderer that gives the film a nifty five minutes of unmitigated suspense.

Nicely done and passes the time in an entertaining manner.


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