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Philo Vance's Gamble (April 12, 1947)

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Philo Vance's Gamble
 

Released on April 12, 1947: (running time 61 minutes) Intrepid private detective Philo Vance is accused of murdering a jewel smuggler, and he must find not only the guilty woman, but the missing priceless emerald.

Produced by Howard Welsch

Directed by Basil Wrangell

The Actors: Alan Curtis (Philo Vance), Vivian Austin (Laurian March), Frank Jenks (Ernie Clark), Tala Birell (Mrs. Tina Cromwell), Gavin Gordon (Oliver Tennant), Cliff Clark (Police Inspector Walsh), James Burke (Police Lieutenant Burke), Toni Todd (Geegee Desmond), Francis Pierlot (Roberts the butler), Joseph Crehan (District Attorney Ellis Mason), Garnett Marks (Charlse O'Mara), Grady Sutton (Mr. Willetts), Charles Mitchell (Guy Harkness), Joanne Frank (Norma Harkness), Dan Seymour (Jeffrey Connor), Karolyn Grimes (Pat Roberts)

 

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The Hot Rock and the Cold-Blooded Killer

S.S. Van Dine wrote twelve detective murder mystery novels featuring wealthy and slightly snobby man-about-town Philo Vance, and claimed that Philo Vance was a fictional name for a real detective whose identity must be protected. Those stories became a successful radio program and then motion pictures like this one.

Author S.S. Van Dine, in real life, was not the author’s real name, much like he claimed for his fictional detective. Willard Huntington Wright was the son of a Santa Monica hotel operator who married a wealthy socialite and eventually moved with his wealthy wife to New York City would never be caught writing pulp fiction, but as S.S. Van Dine, he created the immensely popular character of Philo Vance. By the way, the S.S. in his fake name stands for ‘Steam Ship’ and Van Dine was an old family name on his mother’s side.

This movie was produced several years after his death, and the plot is not any of his books. The motion picture studio created a new story using detective character that S.S. Van Dine created. In this story the detective gets involved with the murder of a jewel smuggler. The jewel smuggler was murdered as Philo Vance was talking to him, and the detective saw the tips of pointed women’s shoes under the window drapes. We know our killer will be a woman, but which woman? Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Alan Curtis and Frank Jenks
Alan Curtis and Frank Jenks
Alan Curtis and Frank Jenks
Alan Curtis and Frank Jenks
Alan Curtis and Gavin Gordon
Alan Curtis and Gavin Gordon
Alan Curtis and Vivian Austin
Alan Curtis and Vivian Austin
Alan Curtis
Alan Curtis
Alan Curtis and Joanne Frank
Alan Curtis and Joanne Frank
Alan Curtis
Alan Curtis
Charles Mitchell and Joanne Frank
Charles Mitchell and Joanne Frank
Cliff Clark, Alan Curtis and James Burke
Cliff Clark, Alan Curtis and James Burke
Cliff Clark and James Burke
Cliff Clark and James Burke
Cliff Clark and James Burke
Cliff Clark and James Burke
Cliff Clark
Cliff Clark
Dan Seymour
Dan Seymour
Dan Seymour
Dan Seymour
Dan Seymour
Dan Seymour
Francis Pierlot
Francis Pierlot
Frank Jenks
Frank Jenks
Frank Jenks
Frank Jenks
Garnett Marks
Garnett Marks
Gavin Gordon and Alan Curtis
Gavin Gordon and Alan Curtis
Gavin Gordon
Gavin Gordon
Gavin Gordon
Gavin Gordon
Grady Sutton
Grady Sutton
James Burke, Alan Curtis and Frank Jenks
James Burke, Alan Curtis and Frank Jenks
James Burke
James Burke
Joseph Crehan and Alan Curtis
Joseph Crehan and Alan Curtis
Karolyn Grimes
Karolyn Grimes
Alan Cutris and Francis Pierlot
Alan Cutris and Francis Pierlot
Tala Birell and Garnett Marks
Tala Birell and Garnett Marks
Toni Todd
Toni Todd
Vivian Austin and Alan Curtis
Vivian Austin and Alan Curtis
Vivian Austin and Gavin Gordon
Vivian Austin and Gavin Gordon
Vivian Austin and Gavin Gordon
Vivian Austin and Gavin Gordon
Vivian Austin kisses Alan Curtis
Vivian Austin kisses Alan Curtis
Vivian Austin
Vivian Austin