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The Kennel Murder Case (1933)

Passed | | Crime, Mystery | 28 October 1933 (USA)
Philo Vance, accompanied by his prize-losing Scottish terrier, investigates the locked-room murder of a prominent and much-hated collector whose broken Chinese vase provides an important clue.

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

S.S. Van Dine (by), Robert N. Lee (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Powell ... Philo Vance
Mary Astor ... Hilda Lake
Eugene Pallette ... Detective Heath
Ralph Morgan ... Raymond Wrede - the Secretary
Robert McWade ... District Attorney Markham
Robert Barrat ... Archer Coe
Frank Conroy ... Brisbane Coe
Etienne Girardot ... Dr. Doremus
James Lee James Lee ... Liang - the Cook
Paul Cavanagh ... Sir Thomas MacDonald (as Paul Cavanaugh)
Arthur Hohl ... Gamble - the Butler
Helen Vinson ... Doris Delafield
Jack La Rue ... Eduardo Grassi (as Jack LaRue)
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Storyline

Archer Coe has been found dead in his locked bedroom. The cops consider it suicide, but Philo believes otherwise. When the Coroner shows up, he finds that Archer had been hit with a blunt object, stabbed and shot - making suicide unlikely. When the evidence points to his brother, Brisbane is found stabbed to death in the closet. Archer had a number of enemies, any one of which would have been glad to knock him off, but which one did and how did the murder occur in a room looked from the inside. Only one man, the keen, fascinating, debonair detective Philo Vance, would be able to figure out who is the killer. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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William Powell returns as Philo Vance. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Mystery

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 October 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Matando en la sombra See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although they share no scenes, William Powell and Asta both appear in this picture, more than a year before "The Thin Man." See more »

Goofs

About twelve minutes into the film, you can see the boom mic reflected in a mirror in Miss Delafield's apartment. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Doremus: Sergeant, here's your order for removal of the body.
Detective Sgt. Heath: Thanks, Doc.
Dr. Doremus: So long. I want food.
Detective Sgt. Heath: Well, nobody's stoppin' yuh.
Dr. Doremus: And if you got any more corpses, bring 'em out now, will yuh? I can't be running up and down here all day!
Detective Sgt. Heath: Watta yuh mean running up and down all day with that swell car the city gave yuh?
Dr. Doremus: [With frustration as he leaves] Ugh!
Detective Sgt. Heath: [as the doctor's leaving] Nothing upsets the doctor clearly.
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Followed by The Scarab Murder Case (1936) See more »

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Just so clever
14 May 2004 | by ny1mwd26See all my reviews

Why can't this type of compact, entertaining mystery be filmed in the new century? It keeps the viewer thinking and guessing all the way. The cast is a great ensemble. William Powell exhibits true star quality. Who knows--perhaps he was rehearsing for his future as Nick Charles. He is a joy to watch. One also can see why Eugene Pallette made more than 200 films. He is a great supporting character actor and his excellent chemistry with Powell is fun to watch. Mary Astor does above average work in a not very meaty role. All other hands chip in to make this a thoroughly enjoyable way to spend 73 minutes. I suspect Michael Curtiz had a ball directing his one. Bravo!


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