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My Grandfather's Clock (1934)

Approved | | Short, Musical | 27 October 1934 (USA)
At Phwitterby-on-Thames, England, a murder has occurred and Philo Holmes and Dr. Watkins are out to investigate it. Seems as if there is a second will and changes have been made in who will... See full summary »

Director:

Felix E. Feist

Writers:

Richard Goldstone (story), Felix E. Feist (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Franklin Pangborn ... Dr. Watkins
Charles Judels ... Philo Holmes
William Tannen ... Ronny Belvedere
Pauline Brooks Pauline Brooks ... Lucy Willoughby
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Storyline

At Phwitterby-on-Thames, England, a murder has occurred and Philo Holmes and Dr. Watkins are out to investigate it. Seems as if there is a second will and changes have been made in who will receive what. Philo is the ace detective, and he brings everyone from the nightclub to see him solve the case. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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murder | colortone musical | See All (2) »

Genres:

Short | Musical

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 October 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Colortone Musical: My Grandfather's Clock See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Philo Vance and Sherlock Holmes were popular fictional detectives at the time this short was made. See more »

Soundtracks

Auld Lang Syne
Traditional music, with special lyrics
Performed by unidentified male vocalist
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A Musical Murder Mystery
5 April 2000 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

An MGM Colortone Musical.

Murder has been committed in the old manor at Phwitterby-on-Thames, where elderly Barrister Butts was shot before the public reading of a will. Send Dr. Watkins to find the celebrated detective Philo Holmes! Search the Piccadilly Club and bring the chorus girls & orchestra back with you! Will Holmes make the right deduction? And what does the homicide have to do with MY GRANDFATHER'S CLOCK?

This silly little film is a good example of the type of fluff popular with young audiences in the 1930's. Nearly all the spoken dialogue is in rhyme & the tunes from many familiar musical compositions are interpolated. The color production is very pleasing to the eye. Holmes & Watkins are played by Charles Judles & Franklin Pangborn (who nearly steals the show with his prissy behavior.) Film mavens will recognize Mischa Auer as one of the manor servants.


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