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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!

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Mystery

Certificate:

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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

Ninth film in the "Philo Vance" series that began with The Canary Murder Case (1929). The novels by S.S. Van Dine were extremely popular and studios bade for the film rights to each one, making the author very wealthy at the time. See more »

Goofs

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

Philo Vance: Yes, we must discover the wrong direction in order to discover the right.
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Follows The Kennel Murder Case (1933) See more »

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Blue Moon
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Richard Rodgers
Played at the casino and danced by an unidentified pair of professionals
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Thank God for Rosalind Russell
27 September 2011 | by cm-albrechtSee all my reviews

Rosalind Russell saves this movie from being just another '30s mystery out of the mystery machine. Paul Lukas, despite his panache is not a good Philo Vance because of his accent. This is more of a romantic "screwball comedy" type of film than a mystery, but taken in that aspect, it's pretty good. The auction scenes and Alison Skipworth are wonderful. The chemistry between the unflappable Russell and Mr. Lukas is really neat, although in the novels romance never got in the way of a good murder. Whether played by Ted Healy or Eugene Palette, poor Sgt. Ernest Heath never got a fair shake. In the books he was never quite the boob portrayed on the screen. The Casino Murder Case is worth viewing if for nothing but to watch Rosalind Russell on top of her game.


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