Publisher Martin Jamison sends for Philo Vance as he wants to hire him as a technical advisor on the crime stories he publishes. Paul Morgan, Morgan's partner, regards the plan as foolish. ...
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At the end of each year, the extremely wealthy but odious Greene family gets together at the spooky old family castle to establish terms of a will, though they despise each other. This year... See full summary »
Murder mystery with a nurse (Lee Patrick) moving into a mansion after an apparent suicide to care for the old mother. The mother is kind of spooky, but so is the butler, and the girlfriend,... See full summary »
Publisher Martin Jamison sends for Philo Vance as he wants to hire him as a technical advisor on the crime stories he publishes. Paul Morgan, Morgan's partner, regards the plan as foolish. Jamison tells his secretary Mona Bannister to bring Vance to his home that night and he will reveal the solution to the seven-year mystery of the killing of Sam Philips, former partner in the firm. Philips ex-wife, now a receptionist for the company, is alarmed when she overhears. As Vance and Mona drive up, two shots are heard and Jamison's body is later found in the trunk of Vance's car.Written by
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OK, I am crazy but I really like these PRC Philo Vance mysteries. In fact they could be the best films PRC ever made. These Vance mysteries are well written, have a good cast and Curtis is excellent as Vance. But fair warning here, if one is expecting the Vance from the S. S. Van Dine novels, one will be greatly disappointed. Philo Vance is not the urbane genius of the books, but a standard 1940's handsome wise-cracking rascal.
In this film, Vance is hired by a publisher to write a true unsolved mystery. Many years before, the publisher's partner disappeared and the publisher believes he has found the solution to the mystery. Before he can explain all to Vance the publisher is found murdered. There are many suspects who all work at the publishing house and have reasons for keeping the mystery unsolved. Vance's probe reveals a very clever twist that had this veteran of movie mysteries fooled.
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