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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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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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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 »

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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

Dr. Doremus: [to Markham, angered that there is no body] I can't perform an autopsy on a theory! I'm a coroner, not a philosopher!
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Follows The Kennel Murder Case (1933) See more »

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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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An enjoyable but predictable programmer
24 June 2007 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

In the 1930s and 40s, there were a long series of detective films such as THE SAINT, CHARLIE CHAN, BOSTON BLACKIE and many others. One of the lesser series that never really seemed to hit its stride was the Philo Vance series. Much of the reason the series never really caught on was perhaps because several different actors played Vance (such as William Powell, Paul Lukas, Basil Rathbone and several no-name actors). In this early Philo Vance film, Warren William plays the sleuth. As a result, it seems very much like one of the Lone Wolf films--another detective series that starred William just a few years later. As a B-movie, its budget was relatively small and the film has very modest pretensions. Unlike some of these style films, Vance had no sidekick but there was, of course, a stupid detective--this time in the form of the wonderful character actor Eugene Palette--who was wonderful as the befuddled and slightly daffy cop. In addition, Robert Warwick played a cute small part as a coroner with some of the best lines in the movie!

As for the mystery, it's not one of the better ones in the genre because I figured out who the murderer was before it even occurred. This is NOT a good sign for a detective film! By the way, I didn't figure it out because I am some genius (my kids remind me all the time that I am not), but because it just was too easy to figure out at the onset.

Still, despite there not being a lot of mystery, the film moves at a brisk pace and is a decent and watchable film of the genre. If you're a fan of this style of film, then this is a must-see--otherwise, there is better entertainment out there if you look!


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