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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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Cast

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 Ann Staunton ... Helen Varney Blendon
Tim Murdock Tim Murdock ... The Policeman
Mary Scott ... Mary, the Maid
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Storyline

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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"EVERY TIME I TRY TO GET NEXT TO A BLONDE...A KILLER GETS THERE FIRST!" (original poster - all caps) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 April 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Infamous Crimes See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Of the 3 PRC Vance features,this was the second to be released (June 14, 1947) but the last to be shot (December 17, 1946-early January 1947). This was also the very last Philo Vance feature film, of a total of 14 dating back to 1929. See more »

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Follows The Garden Murder Case (1936) See more »

Soundtracks

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Written by William Kernell (as Bill Kernell) and Don A. Ferris (as Don Ferris)
Sung by Ramsay Ames (uncredited)
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Surprisingly good.
23 December 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Philo Vance Returns" is one of three Vance mysteries made by PRC, an ultra-cheapo production company specializing in mostly craptastic B-movies. Occasionally, they accidentally made a decent film...and this happens to be one of them. So, despite the horrid production company and mostly unknown actors, it manages to entertain and is worth seeing.

Larry is an idiot. He's been married many times and was engaged several times as well. Soon after introducing his latest fiancee to his grandmother, the young lady is killed. Soon, Larry is also killed...and one by one his exs all start getting killed as well! Fortunately, Philo Vance is on hand to investigate...though he isn't quick enough to stop many of the murders.

The film's biggest asset is that the murderer is an interesting choice but there also are enough red herrings and twists to keep you watching. Worth seeing...though I have no idea if PRC's other Vance films are worth your time or not.


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