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Philo Vance's Secret Mission (1947)

Approved | | Mystery | 30 August 1947 (USA)
Publisher Martin Jamison sends for Philo Vance as he wants to hire him as a technical advisor on the crime stories he publishes. Paul Morgan, Morgan's partner, regards the plan as foolish. ... See full summary »

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Reginald Le Borg

Writer:

Lawrence Taylor (as Lawrence Edmund Taylor)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Alan Curtis ... Philo Vance
Sheila Ryan ... Mona Bannister
Tala Birell ... Mrs. Elizabeth Phillips
Frank Jenks ... Ernie Clark
James Bell ... Sheriff Harry Madison
Frank Fenton ... Paul Morgan
Paul Maxey Paul Maxey ... Martin Jamison
Kenneth Farrell Kenneth Farrell ... Joe, the Photographer
Toni Todd ... Louise Roberts aka Mrs. Paul Morgan
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Publisher Martin Jamison sends for Philo Vance as he wants to hire him as a technical advisor on the crime stories he publishes. Paul Morgan, Morgan's partner, regards the plan as foolish. Jamison tells his secretary Mona Bannister to bring Vance to his home that night and he will reveal the solution to the seven-year mystery of the killing of Sam Philips, former partner in the firm. Philips ex-wife, now a receptionist for the company, is alarmed when she overhears. As Vance and Mona drive up, two shots are heard and Jamison's body is later found in the trunk of Vance's car. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 August 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Philo Vance, Detective See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Re-titled, and edited down to less than thirty minutes, it was sold to television in the early 1950's as part of a syndicated half hour mystery show. See more »

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The only bad film in the series.
23 December 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Tiny PRC Studio made three Philo Vance films in 1947. While "Philo Vance's Secret Mission" was the first one they made, it was the final one they released. I'm not sure why, but I can only assume because it's by far the worst of the three movies. It's obvious and quite cliched...and is pretty much what you'd expect from PRC!

The film begins with a newspaper publisher hiring Vance as a technical advisor for a series of crime articles. Now here's where it gets dumb...the publisher lets folks know that he's got information which will solve a long unsolved crime. In mystery films, this MEANS the publisher will soon assume room temperature--before he has a chance to divulge this information!! What follows are some obvious plot elements, cliches and the like...and the film was simply disappointing. It's a shame, as the other two films in the series are quite nice...particularly "Philo Vance Returns".


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