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||IMDB Rating: 6.5/10 from N/A votes
||Release: 11 Aug 1929 /
||Genre: Drama, Mystery
||Director: Frank Tuttle,
||Stars: Drama, Mystery
||Synopsis: At the end of each year, the extremely wealthy but odious Greene family gets together at the spooky old family castle to establish terms of a will, though they despise each other. This year...
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As a life long fan of murder mysteries in general and William Powell in
particular, I was thrilled to finally get a chance to see this early sound
Philo Vance mystery. A follow-up to Paramount's THE CANARY MURDER CASE
(1929), this was adapted from "SS Van Dine's" third Philo Vance
novel(originally published in 1928 to runaway business) and also stars the
wonderful Eugene Pallette as Sergeant Heath and a young Jean Arthur in the
ingenue role of Ada Greene.
The intricate plot finds gentleman detective Philo Vance assisting his old
friends District Attorney Markham and Sergeant Heath in a case of multiple
and attempted murders at the Greene Mansion in New York's Upper East Side.
It seems that someone is killing members of the Greene family, ostensibly
for a stake in the large inheritance left by the long dead patriarch,
Greene, whose fortune was accumulated (we come to suspect) by less than
I'll admit that, although anxious to finally see this film after reading
about it for years, I wasn't expecting much. I had heard that the film
talky, creaky, and static, as many early sound productions seem to modern
sensibilities. Perhaps it was because of these lowered expectations, but
was pleasantly surprised by some of the great stuff found here. The film
abounds with wonderfully creepy atmosphere and a real sense of menace, and
the climax, set in the rooftop garden of the formidable Greene mansion (a
fantastic set, by the way), is thrillingly shot, with trick photography
a last minute-in the nick time-rescue.
The screenplay is a faithful simplification of the Van Dine novel (the
book's first two murder victims, for example, are compressed into one and
the character of Julia Greene is jettisoned) and Powell's Philo Vance is
much more likable than his literary counterpart. The identity of the
murderer, while possibly surprising to the relatively innocent audiences
1929, is fairly easy to spot by the more jaded modern viewer raised on
scores of mysteries and taught to always suspect the least likely. This
does not detract from the fun.
Playing the part of Philo Vance was a huge boost to Powell's career, and
allowed him to move from villainous heels to debonair man-about-town
After a parody appearance as the detective in 1930's PARAMOUNT ON PARADE,
Powell played Vance twice more [in Paramount's THE BENSON MURDER CASE
and Warner Bros. THE KENNEL MURDER CASE (1933)] before moving to MGM and
forever being associated with the role of Nick Charles in THE THIN MAN
series (an even BIGGER boost to his career!)
Yes, the film is invariably hampered by the limitations of the early sound
era, but once the modern viewer accepts these limitations, there's a lot
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