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Philo Vance Returns (1947)

Passed | | Action, Crime, Mystery | 14 April 1947 (USA)
Playboy Larry Blendon (Damian O'Flynn) introduces his grandmother Stella Blendon (Clara Blandick) to his fiancée, radio singer Virginia Berneaux (Ramsay Ames). Despite Larry's record of ... See full summary »

Director:

William Beaudine

Writers:

S.S. Van Dine (character), Robert E. Kent (original screenplay)
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Complete credited cast:
William Wright ... Philo Vance
Vivian Austin ... Lorena Blendon Simms (as Terry Austin)
Leon Belasco ... Alexis Karnoff
Clara Blandick ... Stella Blendon
Ramsay Ames ... Virginia Berneaux
Damian O'Flynn ... Larry Blendon
Frank Wilcox ... George Hullman
Iris Adrian ... Maggie McCarthy Blendon, aka Choo-choo Divine
Ann Staunton ... Helen Varney Blendon
Tim Murdock Tim Murdock ... The Policeman
Mary Scott ... Mary, the Maid
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Playboy Larry Blendon (Damian O'Flynn) introduces his grandmother Stella Blendon (Clara Blandick) to his fiancée, radio singer Virginia Berneaux (Ramsay Ames). Despite Larry's record of broken romances and divorces, Virginia decides she will marry him. Virginia is slain that night and Blandon telephones his friend Philo Vance (William Wright) to help find the killer. Even as they talk, the killer strikes again and Philo hears Larry fall dead. Philo begins his investigation with Alexis Karnoff (leon Belasco'), Virginia's manager, and the two go to Larry's home, where Stella tells them that the motive for the killing might be Larry's will that names the six women in his life as heirs and if any die before the will is probated, the others will divide the shares. They also learn that Katherine Corbett(Phyllis Planchard), the first of Larry's wives, has been murdered. Suspicion now falls on Lorena Sims (Vivian Austin), a former wife who has been a patient at a sanitarium suffering from a ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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THERE'S A KISS FOR EVERY KILLING...AND A BLONDE FOR EVERY BULLET IN THE ACE SLEUTH'S TOP ADVENTURE! (original poster -all caps) See more »


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Follows The Gracie Allen Murder Case (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Tell Me
Written by William Kernell (as Bill Kernell) and Don A. Ferris (as Don Ferris)
Sung by Ramsay Ames (uncredited)
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Stay Away From The Lipstick
28 April 2019 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

It's an okay Vance programmer at a time when crime films would soon turn to noir. So who's knocking off all the good-looking babes. There were so many I couldn't keep them straight-- such a pickle. Then too, I kept yelling at them to stay away from the lipstick cause it ain't Revlon. Seems handsome rover Blendon keeps marrying them one after another, using his big inheritance as inducement. But now they're headed for the morgue in mysterious fashion. So, in good detective tradition, it's up to Vance and his comic Russkie helper Alexis to figure things out. Good thing the guys don't use lip brightener.

Journeyman director Beaudine films in straightforward fashion, few close-ups, little moody lighting. The guessing game itself is pretty good as the suspects keep accumulating then dying off. However, I do wish ditzy Alexis had more scenes with Choo-Choo Divine, such a great name. Then too, she's played by that great movie floozie Iris Adrian. In my little book, their one goofy scene's the movie's highlight.

All in all, the flick's an entertaining time-passer, with one of the best distaff casts since the Miss America Pageant.


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Language:

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14 April 1947 (USA) See more »

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