Calling Philo Vance (1940)

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Calling Philo Vance is a perfunctory remake of 1933's The Kennel Murder Case, which many aficionados consider the best of the "Vance" films. James Stephenson plays the titular gentleman sleuth, who must solve the murder of the inventor of a revolutionary new bombsight (the original film concerned a championship dog race). The principal suspect is the victim's brother, who is taken out of the running when he, too, is bumped off. The actual killer is in the employ of an unnamed foreign government-and, in the tradition of Kennel Murder Case, is also the least suspicious and most cooperative of the suspects. With Calling Philo Vance, mystery novelist S. S. Van Dine's dilettante detective bade farewell to the screen for seven years, returning in 1947 through the facilities of low-budget PRC Pictures.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Classics , Mystery & Suspense
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Studio:
Warner Bros.

Cast

James Stephenson
as Philo Vance
Margot Stevenson
as Hilda Lake
Henry O'Neill
as J.P. Markham
Ralph Forbes
as Tom McDonald
Don Douglas
as Philip Wrede
Donald Douglas
as Philip Wrede
Jimmy Conlin
as Dr. Doremus
Creighton Hale
as Du Bois
Harry Strang
as Hennessey
Richard Kipling
as Archer Coe
Wedgewood Nowell
as Brisbane Coe
Ling Bo
as Ling Toy
Herbert Anderson
as Reporter
William Hopper
as Hotel clerk
Yakima Canutt
as Sailor
George Reeves
as Steamship clerk
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Critic Reviews for Calling Philo Vance

All Critics (1)

A remake of "The Kennel Murder Case" except with European spies. This was about the time that the Germans and Austrians became the usual bad guys in Hollywood mystery films. James Stephenson is a ho-hum Vance.

Full Review… | March 10, 2013
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Audience Reviews for Calling Philo Vance

½

"A remake of "The Kennel Murder Case" except with European spies. This was about the time that the Germans and Austrians became the usual bad guys in Hollywood mystery films. James Stephenson is a ho-hum Vance."

Greg Wood
Greg Wood

Nowhere near the quality of the first film version of the novel, The Kennel Murder Case. James Stephenson is a weak version of Philo Vance but not awful in the role. An entertaining film but the earlier version is much better.

David Duncan
David Duncan

Average entry in the Philo Vance series, James Stevenson is Philo in this one. Good supporting cast, Henry O'Neill, Edward Brophy and Jimmy Conlin stand out. Short, well paced. Good score.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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