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The Kennel Murder Case

1933

Michael Curtiz
Director
Warner Brothers
Studio

Weatlhy art collector Archer Coe commits suicide, but sleuth Philo Vance is convinced it was actually murder, and cancels a holiday to investigate.

Locked room mystery is enjoyable enough, but ruined by a solution that is meant to be ingenious, but instead comes across as convoluted and improbable. This was a problem with all S.S. Van Dine's source novels; at least Powell makes Vance a tolerable presence, rather than the pretentious and obnoxious fop of the novels (Raymond Chandler didn't call him "the most asinine character in detective fiction" without good reason). Not quite a masterpiece, being a bit too stiff in execution, but worth watching as a sort of rehearsal for The Thin Man, and especially for Giradot's amusingly irritable doctor. Also interesting to see a film of this vintage presenting an Asian character as other than a stereotypical waiter or laundryman (or evil underworld type).

Warner Brothers unaccountably let its rights lapse on this film, so it has fallen into the public domain, probably forever doomed to poor prints, which make an accurate appreciation of it near impossible. Certainly there is some fine technical work on display (occasional boom mike showing notwithstanding); the roving crane shot of Coe's murder definitely foreshadows the much vaunted Lomo crane pan in Tenebrae, for example.

-Dave W.


The Kennel Murder Case
28th October 1933
Cinema



73 mins
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William Powell
Philo Vance
Mary Astor
Hilda Lake
Eugene Pallette
Sergeant Ernest Heath
Ralph Morgan
Raymonde Wrede, the Secretary
Robert McWade
District Attorney John F.X. Markham
Robert Barrat
Archer Coe
Frank Conroy
Brisbane Coe
Etienne Girardot
Dr. Emanuel Doremus
James Lee
Liang, the Cook
Paul Cavanagh
Sir Thomas MacDonald
Arthur Hohl
Gamble, the Butler
Helen Vinson
Doris Delafield
Jack La Rue
Eduardo Grassi
Harry Allen
Sandy
(uncredited)
Asta
Terrier at Dog Show
(uncredited)
Wade Boteler
Police Desk Sergeant Mellish
(uncredited)
Don Brodie
Police Photographer
(uncredited)
James Burke
Policeman Who Lets Philo's Dog Out
(uncredited)
George Chandler
First Reporter at Police Station
(uncredited)
Spencer Charters
Police Sergeant Snitkin
(uncredited)
Virginia Dabney
Girl
(uncredited)
Milton Kibbee
Reporter
(uncredited)
Henry O'Neill
Dubois - Police Fingerprint Man
(uncredited)
Paul Panzer
Railroad Station Baggage Clerk
(uncredited)
Cliff Saum
Policeman on Night Patrol
(uncredited)
Monte Vandergrift
Detective
(uncredited)
Leo White
Chicago Hotel Clerk
(uncredited)
Renee Whitney
Telephone Operator
(uncredited)
Charles C. Wilson
Detective Hennessy
(uncredited)
Unknown
Kennel Man Who Finds Ghillie
(uncredited)
Unknown
Kennel Man with Lantern
(uncredited)
Unknown
Police Dispatcher
(uncredited)
Unknown
Man On Liner Listening to Radio
(uncredited)
Unknown
Man On Liner Listening to Radio
(uncredited)
Unknown
Steward on Liner
(uncredited)
Unknown
Travel Agent
(uncredited)
Unknown
Detective
(uncredited)
Unknown
Detective
(uncredited)
Unknown
Detective
(uncredited)

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