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The Benson Murder Case (1930)

Passed | | Crime, Mystery, Thriller | 13 April 1930 (USA)
A ruthless, crooked stockbroker is murdered at his luxurious country estate, and detective Philo Vance just happens to be there; he decides to find out who killed him.

Director:

Frank Tuttle

Writers:

S.S. Van Dine (novel), Bartlett Cormack (scenario)
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Cast

Cast overview:
William Powell ... Philo Vance
William 'Stage' Boyd ... Harry Gray (as William Boyd)
Eugene Pallette ... Sgt. Ernest Heath
Paul Lukas ... Adolph Mohler
Natalie Moorhead ... Fanny Del Roy
Richard Tucker ... Anthony Benson
May Beatty ... Mrs. Paula Banning
E.H. Calvert ... Dist. Atty. John F.X. Markham
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Storyline

A murder takes place virtually in front of Philo Vance's eyes which, for all intents and purposes, should mean that even Sergeant Heath could solve it and Philo can go back home. Not quite, and neither can Philo Vance for a long period of time. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Murder done before your eyes! Vance right on the scene! Five suspects defy you to pick the guilty person! That's "THE BENSON MURDER CASE" (original print ad- title in all caps) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Benson-mysteriet See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (MovieTone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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The screen rights for the original 1926 source novel, the first in the Philo Vance series, was purchased by Paramount from author S.S. Van Dine for $17,500. See more »

Connections

Followed by The Kennel Murder Case (1933) See more »

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Philo Vance Solves Another Case!
12 March 2007 | by Bucs1960See all my reviews

Being an avid William Powell and Philo Vance devotee, I was pleased to find that all four of Powell's forays as the effete detective are available on DVD. But beware if you are not a fan of either of the above or of early sound films since you might find this a little too static for your tastes. If you are a fan, then read on.

Powell made four Vance films which got better as they progressed. This one, made in 1930, is still a bit on the stagy side although the acting was improving as the players were becoming more adept at "talkies". It's basically a one set film, taking place in a hunting lodge where a murder takes place and all the suspects are gathered. Powell, as usual, is very debonair and unruffled and Eugene Palette returns in the role of Sergeant Heath. I miss Eteinne Girardot, who played Dr. Doremus, in the later "Kennel Murder Case". He added humor to the story which was less heavy-handed than that of Palette. Watch for Mischa Auer, a mainstay of films in the 30s and 40s, as the butler.

Since this was before the Code, Natalie Moorehead doesn't make a secret of her "profession" but is let off easy in the end by a sympathetic Vance.

This film makes a good addition to the William Powell/Philo Vance series and is certainly worth the watch for the fan. I will not comment on any Vance films made without Powell (except those with Basil Rathbone) as they are not worthy of comment.


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