Review: ‘The Kennel Murder Case’

Philo Vance [from the novels of S. S. Van Dyne] comes back to the screen in the hands of William Powell, unravelling a murder mystery in an interesting and entertaining manner.

Philo Vance [from the novels of S. S. Van Dyne] comes back to the screen in the hands of William Powell, unravelling a murder mystery in an interesting and entertaining manner.

Again Eugene Pallette is with the master detective as the snap-judgment cop, most of the comedy relief issuing via his character.

The title relates to a kennel club on Long Island, various members of which are concerned in the story in addition to the two who are murdered, brothers. Vance himself is a dog fancier as well as master murder unraveler.

Throughout Powell gives a smooth and intelligent performance, aided by dialog and direction with which no serious fault can be found. He in no way figures in the romantic side of the yarn, this secondary element involving Mary Astor and Paul Cavanaugh.

The Kennel Murder Case

Production

Warner. Director Michael Curtiz; Screenplay Robert N. Lee, Peter Milne; Camera William Rees; Editor Harold McLernon; Art Director Jack Okey

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1933. Running time: 73 MIN.

With

William Powell Mary Astor Eugene Pallette Ralph Morgan Helen Vinson Etienne Girardot
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