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The Casino Murder Case (1935)

Passed | | Mystery | 15 March 1935 (USA)
After socialite Lynn Llewwllen receives an anonymous threat, he is poisoned at his uncle's casino, and although he recovers, his wife is murdered by the same killer.

Director:

Edwin L. Marin

Writers:

Florence Ryerson (screen play), Edgar Allan Woolf (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Paul Lukas ... Philo Vance
Alison Skipworth ... Priscilla Kinkaid Llewellyn
Donald Cook ... Lynn Llewellyn
Rosalind Russell ... Doris Reed
Arthur Byron ... Richard Kinkaid
Ted Healy ... Police Sergeant Ernest Heath
Eric Blore ... Currie
Isabel Jewell ... Amelia Llewellyn
Louise Fazenda ... Becky
Purnell Pratt ... District Attorney John Markham (as Purnell B. Pratt)
Leslie Fenton ... Dr. Kane
Louise Henry ... Virginia Llewellyn
Leo G. Carroll ... Smith (as Leo Carroll)
Charles Sellon ... Dr. Doremus
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Storyline

When Philo Vance receives a note that harm will befall Lynn at the casino that night, he takes the threat seriously while the DA dismisses it. At the casino owned by Uncle Kinkaid, Lynn is indeed poisoned under the watchful eye of Philo. However, he recovers, but the same cannot be said for Lynn's wife Virginia, who is at the family home. Only a family member could have poisoned Lynn and Virginia and everyone has their dark motives. Philo will follow the clues and find the perpetrator. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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S.S. Van Dine's Greatest Philo Vance Mystery!

Genres:

Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Casino Mysteriet See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Gene Perry as French Waiter, William Worthington as First Bidder and Edward Van Sloan are in studio records/casting call lists as cast members, but they did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. See more »

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When Virgina is poisoned, the doctor who examined her states that her pupils were dilated so much that he could barely see the retinas. The retina is a membrane in the back of the eye. He meant that he could barely see the iris. The iris is the colored part of the eye in which the pupil exists. A doctor should have known the difference between the iris and the retina. See more »

Quotes

Lynn: Got a gum?
Philo Vance: No.
[He is searched anyway]
Lynn: Sit down.
[after Vance sits]
Lynn: Surprised?
Philo Vance: No, it's all in this letter to Markham.
[Vance starts to reach for the letter]
Lynn: Keep your hand down. I'll take that!
[He takes the letter]
[...]
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Follows The Greene Murder Case (1929) See more »

Soundtracks

Blue Moon
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Richard Rodgers
Played at the casino and danced by an unidentified pair of professionals
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Paul Lukas as Philo
21 October 2005 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Philo Vance has been played by a number of actors over the years, everyone from Wilfred Hyde-White to William Powell, who portrayed the detective the most. In "The Casino Murder Case," it's Paul Lukas' turn to have a go at it. This is a light mystery concerning some murders within a family. Rosalind Russell is the young woman here, and she does a fine job.

I'm not familiar with Philo Vance in the books so I can't comment on Lukas' portrayal in comparison. However, I suspect that normally, the role is approached with a lighter touch. Lukas is a wonderful and very likable actor, but I think that in the hands of someone like William Powell, the humor would have been mined a little bit more. Lukas isn't heavy-handed in any way, it's just that this type of role isn't a perfect fit for him. All in all, entertaining.


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