The Kennel Murder Case (October 28, 1933)

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William Powell in The Kennel Murder Case
 

Released on October 28, 1933: Private Detective Philo Vance discovers that an apparent suicide was really murder, but has trouble finding out which of the seven suspects was the killer.

Produced by Robert Presnell

Directed by Michael Curtiz

The Actors: William Powell (Philo Vance), Mary Astor (Hilda Lake), Eugene Pallette (Detective Sergeant 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 (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), Wade Boteler (Police Desk Sergeant Mellish), Don Brodie (the police photographer), James Burke (the policeman who lets Philo's dog out), George Chandler (the first reporter at the police station), Spencer Charters (Police Sergeant Snitkin), Virginia Dabney (the girl), Milton Kibbee (reporter), Henry O'Neill (Dubois, the police fingerprint man), Paul Panzer (the railroad station baggage clerk), Cliff Saum (the policeman on night patrol), Monte Vandergrift (a detective), Leo White (the Chicago hotel clerk), Renee Whitney (the telephone operator), and Charles C. Wilson (Detective Hennessy)

 

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The Killer and the Doberman

Detective Philo Vance, played by William Powell, is about to board a steamship for Europe when he hears that a wealthy man he just spoke with at a dog show has committed suicide. He quickly calls District Attorney Markham and tells him that it was murder, not suicide, but the D.A. laughs and tells Philo Vance that it could not have been murder. The dead man is sitting in a locked room with a revolver in his hand and a bullet hole in his head. The door to the bedroom is locked from the inside, the window to the street is locked from the inside, and the room is empty except for the dead man. Of course it doesn't take long for Philo Vance to convince everyone that the man was murdered . . . . That is the easy part . . . . We soon discover that everyone that the dead man knew had a motive to kill him . . . . and none of them seems to have had the opportunity . . . Except maybe his brother, who supposedly left town on a train for Chicago just before the murder . . . But who never boarded the train and is now missing . . . . Can the mystery be solved this quickly? Did one brother kill the other brother? . . . . Well . . . . Just as we are deciding that this case is finished . . . . The other brother is found murdered in a closet . . . . Whoa, now . . . . While everyone had a motive to murder the one stinker of a brother, no one thought badly of the other brother . . . . This head-scratching mystery will get even more complicated as the clues start piling up . . . All of the pieces of the puzzle will be laid out for our inspection, but none of them seem to fit together with the rest of the clues, until the great Philo Vance finally puts it all together.

William Powell starred in four Philo Vance movies before this one, and this was his final screen appearance as the famous detective. The year after this movie hit the big screens he played a different detective in a movie that changed his life forever and branded him as Nick Charles, The Thin Man. The first Thin Man movie was such a hit that he and Myrna Loy became forever famous as Nick and Nora Charles, along with their little dog Asta . . . And by the way, the terrier named Asta makes a cameo appearance in this movie during the opening dog show scene. Now go pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and try to identify the killer before Detective Philo Vance does.

Arthur Hohl
Arthur Hohl
Arthur Hohl and James Lee
Arthur Hohl and James Lee
Arthur Hohl
Arthur Hohl
Charles C. Wilson and Eugene Pallette
Charles C. Wilson and Eugene Pallette
Charles C. Wilson, William Powell and Robert McWade
Charles C. Wilson, William Powell and Robert McWade
Etienne Girardot
Etienne Girardot
Etienne Girardot and Eugene Pallette
Etienne Girardot and Eugene Pallette
Etienne Girardot
Etienne Girardot
Eugene Pallette
Eugene Pallette
Eugene Pallette and Ralph Morgan
Eugene Pallette and Ralph Morgan
Eugene Pallette and Robert McWade
Eugene Pallette and Robert McWade
Eugene Pallette and Robert McWade
Eugene Pallette and Robert McWade
Eugene Pallette and William Powell
Eugene Pallette and William Powell
Eugene Pallette
Eugene Pallette
Frank Conroy
Frank Conroy
George Chandler
George Chandler
Helen Vinson
Helen Vinson
Helen Vinson and Robert Barrat
Helen Vinson and Robert Barrat
Helen Vinson
Helen Vinson
Helen Vinson
Helen Vinson
Jack La Rue
Jack La Rue
Jack La Rue and Helen Vinson
Jack La Rue and Helen Vinson
Jack La Rue
Jack La Rue
Jack La Rue
Jack La Rue
Jack La Rue
Jack La Rue
James Lee
James Lee
James Lee and Eugene Pallette
James Lee and Eugene Pallette
James Lee
James Lee
Leo White
Leo White
Mary Astor
Mary Astor
Mary Astor and Paul Cavanagh
Mary Astor and Paul Cavanagh
Mary Astor and Paul Cavanagh
Mary Astor and Paul Cavanagh
Mary Astor
Mary Astor
Ralph Morgan and Arthur Hohl
Ralph Morgan and Arthur Hohl
Ralph Morgan
Ralph Morgan
Renee Whitney
Renee Whitney
Robert Barrat
Robert Barrat
Robert Barrat and Jack La Rue
Robert Barrat and Jack La Rue
Robert Barrat
Robert Barrat
Robert McWade
Robert McWade
Robert McWade, Eugene Pallette and William Powell
Robert McWade, Eugene Pallette and William Powell
Robert McWade and Eugene Pallette
Robert McWade and Eugene Pallette
Robert McWade and William Powell
Robert McWade and William Powell
Robert McWade and William Powell
Robert McWade and William Powell
Robert McWade
Robert McWade
Wade Boteler
Wade Boteler
William Powell and Eugene Pallette
William Powell and Eugene Pallette
William Powell, Ralph Morgan and Mary Astor
William Powell, Ralph Morgan and Mary Astor
William Powell as Detective Philo Vance
William Powell as Detective Philo Vance
William Powell questions Arthur Hohl
William Powell questions Arthur Hohl