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The Garden Murder Case (1936)

Passed | | Drama, Mystery | 21 February 1936 (USA)
Two people with ties to rich murdered socialite Lowe Hammle die from unusual suicides but Vance suspects hypnosis and foul play.

Director:

Edwin L. Marin

Writers:

Bertram Millhauser (screen play), S.S. Van Dine (from the book by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Edmund Lowe ... Philo Vance
Virginia Bruce ... Zalia Graem
Benita Hume ... Nurse Beeton
Douglas Walton ... Floyd Garden
Nat Pendleton ... Sergeant Heath
Gene Lockhart ... Lowe Hammle
H.B. Warner ... Major Fenwicke-Ralston
Kent Smith ... Woode Swift
Grant Mitchell ... Inspector Markham
Frieda Inescort ... Mrs. Fenwicke-Ralston
Henry B. Walthall ... Dr. Garden
Jessie Ralph ... Mrs. Hammle
Charles Trowbridge ... Inspector Colby
Etienne Girardot ... Dr. Doremus
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Storyline

Someone has shot and killed Lowe Hammle and everyone at his 22 room apartment is a suspect. The reasons are as varied as the number of people there. There is Dr. Garden, whose son Floyd was killed at the track in a mysterious way which is thought to be a suicide. There is Mrs. Fenwicke-Ralston who was supposed to complete a deal on a horse. There is the blackmailing Nurse Beeton and the niece Zalia, who knows that Uncle is trying to break up her relationship with Woode. Since there is no powder marks on the body, Vance knows that it is murder and believes that a woman did the job. But he has to find the killer and the motive. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 February 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pod hipnozom See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The tenth "Philo Vance" film, produced at various studios, depending on which won the bidding for the film rights to the books by S.S. Van Dine. This is the last MGM production in the series. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Doremus: [to the butler who's showing him in] I don't need an usher to lead me to a corpse.
[to Markham and Vance]
Dr. Doremus: Evening, Mr. Markham. Evening, Mr. Vance.
Sergeant Ernest Heath: [sarcastically] What! No kiss for me, honey?
Dr. Doremus: Ah!
Philo Vance: [as Doremus takes a sandwich out of his bag] My dear doctor, what is that?
Dr. Doremus: My dinner.
District Attorney Markham: You're not going to eat in here?
Dr. Doremus: Why not? For fourteen years you've called me from my soup to look at some dissipated cadaver. From now on, I'll eat with some corpse.
Sergeant Ernest Heath: Don't forget, Doc, Christmas dinner at the morgue.
[...]
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Connections

Followed by Night of Mystery (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

(The Man on) The Flying Trapeze
(1868) (uncredited)
Music by George Leybourne
Hummed by Edmund Lowe in a shower
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Good Murder Mystery
8 November 2007 | by whpratt1See all my reviews

Edmund Lowe plays the role as Philo Vance a detective who tries to solve a series of murders in the Hammle Family who live in a 22 room apartment in NYC. The first member of the family is murdered, Edgar Lowe Hammle,(Gene Lockhart) and then Zalia Graem, (Virginia Bruce) appears on the scene and is accused of being a murderer when a woman falls to her death from a double decker bus. Zalia Graem and Philo Vance gave an outstanding performance together and there is a spark of romance between the two of them as Philo tries to help prove her innocence in the murder case. This is a low budget B film from 1936 but has a great story with even hypnoses being utilized. Enjoy.


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