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The Dragon Murder Case (1934)

Approved | | Mystery | 25 August 1934 (USA)
The Stann family gives a small party prior to daughter Bernice's marriage to socialite Monty, but all of the guests seem to be against the match.

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S.S. Van Dine (by), F. Hugh Herbert (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Warren William ... Philo Vance
Margaret Lindsay ... Bernice
Lyle Talbot ... Dale Leland
Eugene Pallette ... Sgt. Heath
Helen Lowell ... Mrs. Stamm
Robert McWade ... Markham
Robert Barrat ... Rudolph Stamm
Dorothy Tree ... Ruby Steele
George E. Stone ... Ken Tatum
Etienne Girardot ... Dr. Doremus
George Meeker ... Monty Montague
Robert Warwick ... Dr. Halliday
William B. Davidson ... Greeff (as William Davidson)
Arthur Aylesworth ... Trainor - Stamm's Butler
Charles C. Wilson ... Detective Hennessey (as Charles Wilson)
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Storyline

Wonderful idea to give a party with people who dislike each other. Late at night, everyone decides to go into the pool, except Stamm, who is drunk. Montague dives in as does Greeff and Leland, but only Greeff and Leland come out. Montague is no where to be found so Leland suspects foul play and calls the cops. Luckily, Philo is with the D.A. and comes along, but they do not find Montague. When they drain the pool the next day, they find nothing except what looks like dragon prints. Philo has his suspicions and tries to piece the clues together to find out what has happened. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 August 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Den hævnende drage See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to a contemporary article in the Motion Picture Hearald, this is the first "Philo Vance" film to star Warren William instead of William Powell. See more »

Goofs

When Monty enters Ruby's car at the filling station, the car door opens from the rear. When he exits her car at the Stamm house, the same door opens from the front (suicide door). See more »

Quotes

Sergeant Ernest Heath: C'm'on now, how could that key get into your bed without you knowin' about it?
Sergeant Ernest Heath: Well, apparently you guys got into my room without my knowing about it!
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Connections

Follows The Canary Murder Case (1929) See more »

Soundtracks

Without That Certain Thing
(1933) (uncredited)
Written by Max Nesbitt and Harry Nesbitt
Played during the first scene in the house
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Here There Be Dragons
30 January 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Philo Vance (Warren William) investigates a cursed swimming pool. It's called the dragon pool because there is supposedly a killer dragon in it! Extremely interesting idea elevates this murder mystery. Nice cast too. Warren William is good. It's amusing to me how there seems to be little consensus on Philo Vance's character in these films. He seems to change personality depending on who is playing him. This is probably why he's one of my least favorites of the classic mystery film detectives. But I do enjoy Warren William so I enjoyed this. Eugene Palette reprises his role as Sgt. Heath and he's always fun. Also returning is Etienne Girardot as the coroner Doremus. I love this actor. He's hilarious! The lovely Margaret Lindsay appears as one of the suspects, as does character actor George E. Stone. Lyle Talbot plays a half-Indian apparently. He doesn't look it but they keep referencing it so I thought I'd throw that in there. Short runtime helps keep the pace tight. Good old school detective flick. Fans of them will enjoy this one.


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