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Philo Vance's Gamble (1947)

Approved | | Mystery | 12 April 1947 (USA)
Philo goes after a gang of murderous jewel thieves.

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Basil Wrangell

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Eugene Conrad (screenplay), Arthur St. Claire (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Curtis ... Philo Vance
Vivian Austin ... Laurian March (as Terry Austin)
Frank Jenks ... Ernie Clark
Tala Birell ... Mrs. Tina Cromwell
Gavin Gordon ... Oliver Tennant
Cliff Clark ... Inspector Walsh
James Burke ... Lt. Burke
Toni Todd ... Geegee Desmond
Francis Pierlot Francis Pierlot ... Roberts the Butler
Joseph Crehan ... Dist. Atty. Ellis Mason
Garnett Marks Garnett Marks ... Charles O'Mara
Grady Sutton ... Mr. Willetts
Charles Mitchell Charles Mitchell ... Guy Harkness
Joanne Frank Joanne Frank ... Norma Harkness
Dan Seymour ... Jeffrey Connor
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Storyline

Private Detective Philo Vance (Alan Curtis) gets involved with a succession of murders and a mystery concerning the disappearance of an emerald that has been smuggled into the United States. The first victim is the smuggler, Jeffrey Connor ('Dan Seymour (I)' qv)), who intended to double-cross his partners, one of which didn't appreciate Connor's intentions. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 1947 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Of the 3 PRC Vance features, this was the first to be released (April 13, 1947) but the second to be shot (November 1946). See more »

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Followed by Philo Vance's Secret Mission (1947) See more »

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Just okay...which is actually pretty good for PRC!
23 December 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Tiny, ultra-low budget PRC made three Philo Vance movies in 1947. While "Philo Vance's Gamble" was the third one released, it was the second one they made....which must have confused a few folks since the final installment (which appeared second) starred a different actor. Now considering they were made by PRC, they aren't that bad...I certainly expected much worse!

The story concerns a stolen emerald and folks who are associated with it suddenly dying. Vance is pulled into the story when the low-life trying to sell it tries to hire him and ultimately he's able to figure out who's killed who.

While this film is very simple and far from great, it is mildly interesting and reasonably well written. For fans of B-mysteries, it's worth seeing. For everyone else, it's a time-passer at best.


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