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Calling Philo Vance (1940)

Approved | | Crime, Mystery, Thriller | 3 February 1940 (USA)
Despite an exclusive contract with the U.S. government, designer Archer Coe's design is being bid on by German, Japanese, and Italian agents - until he's murdered.

Director:

William Clemens

Writers:

Tom Reed (screenplay), S.S. Van Dine (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Stephenson ... Philo Vance
Margot Stevenson ... Hilda Lake
Henry O'Neill ... Markham
Edward Brophy ... Ryan
Sheila Bromley ... Doris
Ralph Forbes ... Tom McDonald
Donald Douglas ... Philip Wrede
Martin Kosleck ... Gamble
Jimmy Conlin ... Dr. Doremus - Coroner (as Jimmy Conlon)
Edward Raquello ... Eduardo Grassi
Creighton Hale ... Du Bois - Fingerprint Man
Harry Strang ... Hennessey - Markham's Assistant
Richard Kipling Richard Kipling ... Archer Coe
Wedgwood Nowell ... Brisbane Coe
Bo Ling Bo Ling ... Ling Toy
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Storyline

Philo is in Vienna working for the US Government to see if Archer Coe is selling aircraft designs to foreign powers. He grabs the plans with Archer's signature, but is captured by police before he can escape. Deported he comes back to America and plans to confront Archer, but Archer is found dead in his locked bedroom with a gun in his hand. While it looks like a suicide, Vance knows better and the coroner finds that Archer has been shot, hit with a blunt instrument and stabbed - making suicide unlikely. But Vance is on the case and is looking to see if government secrets have been sold and who has murdered Coe. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

3 February 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Philo Vance Comes Back See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film's earliest documented telecasts took place in Tucson Friday 5 October 1956 on KDWI (Channel 9) and in Albuquerque Friday 12 October 1956 on KOAT (Channel 7); it first aired in Bloomington IN Monday 5 November 1956 on WTTV (Channel 4), in Salt Lake City Saturday 17 November 1956 on KUTV (Channel 2), in San Francisco Friday 7 December 1956 on KPIX (Channel 5), and in Honolulu Friday 10 May 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13). See more »

Goofs

Ralph Forbes is credited onscreen as "Tom MacDonald," but throughout the film, he is called Taylor MacDonald. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Doremus - Coroner: [about the dead Archer Coe] There couldn't have been much of a struggle. His hair isn't even mussed.
Ryan: [Sardonically] Somebody must have blackjacked him and then combed his hair.
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Connections

Follows The Benson Murder Case (1930) See more »

Soundtracks

An der schönen, blauen Donau (On the Beautiful Blue Danube), Op.314
(1867) (uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauss
Whistled by Edward Brophy
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Pointless remake of "The Kennel Murder Case"
17 October 2018 | by gridoon2019See all my reviews

One of the weakest Philo Vance films: a pointless remake of "The Kennel Murder Case", with a blander cast. But if you haven't seen "Kennel", you may still find the story ingenious. The then-topical WWII elements look out of place now in a Philo Vance mystery. ** out of 4.


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