Philo is in Vienna working for the US Government to see if Archer Coe is selling aircraft designs to foreign powers. He grabs the plans with Archer's signature, but is captured by police before he can escape. Deported he comes back to America and plans to confront Archer, but Archer is found dead in his locked bedroom with a gun in his hand. While it looks like a suicide, Vance knows better and the coroner finds that Archer has been shot, hit with a blunt instrument and stabbed - making suicide unlikely. But Vance is on the case and is looking to see if government secrets have been sold and who has murdered Coe.
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Did You Know?
All the scenes involving the two murdered men are taken directly from the 1933 mystery called "The Kennel Murder Case", in which William Powell played Philo Vance. In both movies, most of the dialog in the scenes pertaining to the murders and the investigation is exactly the same, word-for-word, which clearly indicates that the script from the 1933 film was adapted to the story for this film, which focuses on the thief of secret aircraft plans. However, in "The Kennel Murder Case", the plot pertains to stolen Chinese art objects. See more
is credited onscreen as "Tom MacDonald," but throughout the film, he is called Taylor MacDonald. See more
[Referring to Vance's secret mission
... and you understand the American government must not enter into this.
I know. If I'm caught, I shall be a man without a country.
More than that, Vance. Possibly also a man without a head!
Hmmm, not an amusing thought, your excellency.
Follows The Casino Murder Case
I'm Happy About the Whole Thing
Music by Harry Warren
Played when Vance and Ryan meet Grassi in the bar See more