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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.


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
Jimmy Conlin
as Dr. Doremus
Harry Strang
as Hennessey
Richard Kipling
as Archer Coe
Wedgewood Nowell
as Brisbane Coe
Ling Bo
as Ling Toy
William Hopper
as Hotel clerk
George Reeves
as Steamship clerk
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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.

March 10, 2013 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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