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Philo Vance's Gamble (1947)

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

Director:

Basil Wrangell

Writers:

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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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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Alan Curtis Isn't Philo Vance
5 March 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Dan Seymour has set up a syndicate to fence a stolen emerald. He plans to cheat them all -- investors and girlfriend and fly off to South America. Alan Curtis as Philo Vance takes an interest; Seymour told theres of the syndicate he had hired Curtis to guard the emerald. Curtis meets him in Seymour's study. While they speak, the lights go out, two shots are fired and Seymour is dead.

As with the other two PRC Philo Vances, it's a well-constructed mystery if not exquisitely produced. Curtis still doesn't look or act anything like the Philo Vance of S.S. Van Dyne's books. He's a middle-class PI who knows all sorts of interesting people. Basil Wrangell directs for speed and efficiency, and the number of interesting performers is kept to a mimmum : Grady Sutton as a secretary, Joseph Crehan as the District Attorney, and Tala Birell as a suspect. At an hour's length, it does what a mystery movie is supposed to do, but no more.


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