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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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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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Follows The Benson Murder Case (1930) See more »

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Alan Curtis as Detective Philo Vance
24 November 2009 | by nova-63See all my reviews

OK, I am crazy but I really like these PRC Philo Vance mysteries. In fact they could be the best films PRC ever made. These Vance mysteries are well written, have a good cast and Curtis is excellent as Vance. But fair warning here, if one is expecting the Vance from the S. S. Van Dine novels, one will be greatly disappointed. Philo Vance is not the urbane genius of the books, but a standard 1940's handsome wise-cracking rascal.

In this film, Vance is hired by a publisher to write a true unsolved mystery. Many years before, the publisher's partner disappeared and the publisher believes he has found the solution to the mystery. Before he can explain all to Vance the publisher is found murdered. There are many suspects who all work at the publishing house and have reasons for keeping the mystery unsolved. Vance's probe reveals a very clever twist that had this veteran of movie mysteries fooled.


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