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Philo Vance Returns (April 14, 1947)

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Leon Belasco in Philo Vance Returns
 

Released on April 14, 1947: (running time 63 minutes) Someone is killing all of the ex-wives and girlfriends of a wealthy playboy, and Private Detective Philo Vance searches for the murderer.

Produced by Howard Welsch

Directed by William Beaudine

The Actors: William Wright (Philo Vance), Vivian Austin (Lorena Blendon Simms), Leon Belasco (Alexis Karnoff), Clara Blandick (Stella Blendon), Ramsay Ames (Virginia Berneaux), Damian O'Flynn (Larry Blendon), Frank Wilcox (George Hullman, Blendon's lawyer), Iris Adrian (Maggie McCarthy Blendon, aka Choo-Choo Devine), Ann Staunton (Helen Varney Blendon), Tim Murdock (the policeman), Mary Scott (Mary the maid), Wade Crosby (Yates, Choo-Choo's bodyguard), Eddie Dunn (Police Lieutenant Mullard), Broderick O'Farrell (Doctor Campbell), Phyllis Planchard (Katherine Corbett), Cy Stevens (Greg Simms)

 

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Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree with Anyone Else but Leon

You probably don’t know his name or his face, but the star of this movie was also in movies like Yankee Doodle Dandy, Holiday Inn, and Casablanca. He also appeared in television shows like I Love Lucy, Maverick, My Favorite Martian, Twilight Zone, Dick Van Dyke Show, Little House on the Prairie, My Three Sons and even Archie Bunker’s Place in 1983.

No, I am not talking about the actor that the movie proclaims is the star, I’m talking about the REAL star of the movie, Leon Belasco. He was born in Russia, went to college in Japan, and was first violinist with the Tokyo Symphony before moving to California. In the U.S., he formed a boogie-woogie dance band and hired three singing sisters to accompany the band. Those singers were the Andrews Sisters, famous entertainers during World War Two who sang Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree with Anyone Else but Me, and the Boogie-Woogie Bugle Boy of Company C. After watching the movie you can enjoy their music at the Jimbo Music site, Andrews Sisters —»

Leon Belasco appeared in movies beginning in 1938, usually as a waiter, bellboy or other bit part. In this crime whodunit, he is the star. Yes, I know that he is not listed as the star, but see if you don’t agree with me after you’ve solved the mystery of the dead ex-wives. Leon is Alexis Karnoff, the music teacher and agent of a beautiful radio singer who will fall in love with a wealthy playboy. Unfortunately, she will be the first victim of our mysterious killer. Famous private detective Philo Vance will search for the killer, but Leon will steal the show from him and every other character in this head-scratcher. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Leon Belasco and William Wright
Leon Belasco and William Wright
Ann Staunton and Cy Stevens
Ann Staunton and Cy Stevens
Ann Staunton
Ann Staunton
Clara Blandick
Clara Blandick
Clara BLandick and Ramsay Ames
Clara BLandick and Ramsay Ames
Clara Blandick
Clara Blandick
Damian O'Flynn and Clara Blandick
Damian O'Flynn and Clara Blandick
Damian O'Flynn and Leon Belasco
Damian O'Flynn and Leon Belasco
Damian O'Flynn and Leon Belasco
Damian O'Flynn and Leon Belasco
Damian O'Flynn
Damian O'Flynn
Eddie Dunn
Eddie Dunn
Eddie Dunn
Eddie Dunn
Leon Belasco and Iris Adrian
Leon Belasco and Iris Adrian
Leon Belasco and Mary Scott
Leon Belasco and Mary Scott
Leon Belasco
Leon Belasco
Photo of Iris Adrian
Photo of Iris Adrian
William Wright
William Wright
Phyllis Planchard, Clara Blandick and Ramsay Ames
Phyllis Planchard, Clara Blandick and Ramsay Ames
Ramsay Ames, Vivian Austin and Clara Blandick
Ramsay Ames, Vivian Austin and Clara Blandick
Ramsay Ames dancing with Damian O'Flynn
Ramsay Ames dancing with Damian O'Flynn
Ramsay Ames
Ramsay Ames
Ramsay Ames
Ramsay Ames
Ramsay Ames
Ramsay Ames
Tim Murdock
Tim Murdock
Vivian Austin
Vivian Austin
Wade Crosby
Wade Crosby
Wade Crosby
Wade Crosby