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Ryan_G
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Philo Vance

I watched two Philo Vance movies yesterday.  The Kennel Murder Case with William Powell and The Casino Murder Case with Paul Lukas.  Both were good though I will always prefer William Powell in anything over anyone else.  Though I did like the Caino Murder Case because Rosaling Rusell, my favorite actress of all time was in it.

 

I was just curious if anyone is a fan of the books and/or the movies and wether or not they are worth pursuing further.

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Ryan_G wrote:

I watched two Philo Vance movies yesterday.  The Kennel Murder Case with William Powell and The Casino Murder Case with Paul Lukas.  Both were good though I will always prefer William Powell in anything over anyone else.  Though I did like the Caino Murder Case because Rosaling Rusell, my favorite actress of all time was in it.

 

I was just curious if anyone is a fan of the books and/or the movies and wether or not they are worth pursuing further.


I remember the movie of the Kennel Murder Case (LOVE William Powell, especially in the Thin Man movies) but I don't think I've read the books.

 

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I've seen the Powell movie a couple of times, but not for a long time now.  I don't think I've ever seen the Lukas movie.  I adore William Powell, so the movie was a treat!  I think it reminded me of the Thin Man series (I have the boxed set of all six, plus an extra disc with features on Powell and Myrna Loy).

 

 

Complete Thin Man Collection 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kennel Murder Case 

 
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I have the Thin Man Collection as well.  I think I may end up buying some of the Philo Vance movies though.
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I didn't know that Powell had done other Philo Vance movies.  I was looking through the selection of his movies, and didn't see any others (unless they're in one of those "100 Mystery Movies" collections - has anybody ever gotten any of these collections of 50 or 100 movies, and how's the quality?).  I did come across this, though, although it's not related to mysteries (sorry!):

 

 

Myrna Loy and William Powell Collection 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Me want!!! :smileyvery-happy:

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Here is a list of Philo Vance movies from Wikipedia.  After the name of the movie it lists the actor who plays Philo Vance.  It looks like William Powell was in 4 all together including the first three movies.

 

  • The Canary Murder Case (1929) with William Powell as Philo Vance.
  • The Greene Murder Case (1929) with William Powell as Philo Vance.
  • The Benson Murder Case (1930) with William Powell as Philo Vance.
  • The Bishop Murder Case (1930) with Basil Rathbone as Philo Vance.
  • The Kennel Murder Case (1933) with William Powell as Philo Vance.
  • The Dragon Murder Case (1934) with Warren William as Philo Vance.
  • The Casino Murder Case (1935) with Paul Lukas as Philo Vance.
  • The Garden Murder Case (1936) with Edmund Lowe as Philo Vance.
  • The Scarab Murder Case (1936) with Wilfrid Hyde-White as Philo Vance. Reportedly, no prints exist of this British production.
  • Night of Mystery (1937) (based on The Greene Murder Case) with Grant Richards as Philo Vance. Reportedly, no prints exist outside of university/museum collections.
  • The Gracie Allen Murder Case (1939) with Warren William as Philo Vance, billed below Gracie Allen.
  • Calling Philo Vance (1940) (very loosely based on The Kennel Murder Case) with James Stephenson as Philo Vance.
  • Philo Vance Returns (1947) with William Wright as Philo Vance.
  • Philo Vance's Gamble (1947) with Alan Curtis as Philo Vance.
  • Philo Vance's Secret Mission (1947) with Alan Curtis as Philo Vance.

The plots of the final three films bear no relationship to any of the novels and very little relationship to the Philo Vance character of the novels.

 

 

 

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I love old mystery movies - the black and white Sherlock Holmes films, the Thin Man movies (the first one is my favorite -- a very young Jimmy Stewart is in it, if I remember right, he has the title role), Charlie Chan (I have a boxed set of those) and the Perry Mason TV show (ditto).
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becke_davis wrote:
I love old mystery movies - the black and white Sherlock Holmes films, the Thin Man movies (the first one is my favorite -- a very young Jimmy Stewart is in it, if I remember right, he has the title role), Charlie Chan (I have a boxed set of those) and the Perry Mason TV show (ditto).

 

Actually Jimmy Stewart is in the second Thin Man movie, After the Thin Man, where he is suspected of murder.  I think that the Charles' are family friends of his girlfriend, which is how they get involved.  I'm not going to give away who "the thin man" really is in the first movie, but I think that a lot of people unfamiliar with the story mistakenly assume that it's Nick Charles (Powell).  Of course, that may have a lot to do with the fact that all of the movies have "The Thin Man" in the title, although none of the sequels have anything to do with him.

 

 

After the Thin Man 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My own favorite scenes in the series involve Nick's love of drinking!  There's one where he's with his toddler son in the park, and Nora simply shakes the cocktail shaker to summon him home, which he immediately discerns although he is clearly too far away to actually hear it!  Then there is a scene where, while at dinner, the little boy tells his father "Daddy drink!"  Nick is delighted and ready to do so, when the boy adds "Daddy drink milk!!!", upon which Nick is entirely appalled!  Of course, Nora is not far behind - one time when she arrives at a bar, she asks Nick how many drinks he's had, and then orders the same number, to be lined up in front of her! :smileyvery-happy:

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Thanks for clarifying my poor recall of this series -- time to watch it again! I love William Powell, love Myrna Loy and love, love, love Asta!

 

I love the Monty Pythonish scene where the elderly butler says, "Walk this way," and Powell raises his eyebrows and copies his staggering gait. 

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 At last ! Someone besides myself who loves the Thin Man series as much as I do ! I'm not sure which is my favorite but I do adore the second one almost as much as the first especilly when Asta finds Mrs. Asta has been unfaithful and when Aunt Catherine is called into the hotel room for Nick's exposure of the criminal in the case. Talk about getting her comeuppance !

 

I must admit though  i have not had a chance to see many Phiol Vance films.  Will you please notify me when the next one comes on ? 

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Kennel Murder Case 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can order this one from B&N but I know there are others. Check out Netflix, you might be able to rent the others.

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It's on TCM a lot too, I just reDVRed it and it's sitting there ready to be watched.

 

 

becke_davis wrote:

 

 

Kennel Murder Case 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can order this one from B&N but I know there are others. Check out Netflix, you might be able to rent the others.

 

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I love those old B&W mysteries!