Mary Poppins Returns
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As screen entertainment the story is rather complicated and not very strong in human interest, but it has been efficiently directed by Michael Curtiz and is on the whole well acted.
William Powell returns to the role that he originated in the late 1920′s. This is perhaps the finest of all the Vance films. It was directed by the legendary Michael Curtiz and features an early performance by Mary Astor.
Far and away the best of the Philo Vance pictures and perhaps the finest example of this particular kind of mystery ever made.
Apparently Bill Powell had years to work on his gentleman detective routine (that gelled to fruition and fame in "The Thin Man" series) with this previous outing some 5 years before. In this one, highly convoluted, 2 murders, several dogs, an amusing-for-its-ineffectiveness police force and the rest of the whole cast as suspects. As with the Thin Man series, no one understands the crime and the criminals as well as Nick Char ..., err, Philo Vance. See if you're not looking for Asta, as I was.
Creaky mystery but Powell is suave and efficient as always.
Before the Thin Man, Powell played Philo Vance, detective. He has charm and humour in this movie as well. This movie is fun and exciting for a movie involving a dog.
Although William Powell is always a class-act, his Philo Vance seems to be Nick Charles, without as much fun. He's a detective trying to piece together a string of murders related to a dog show. I had a little bit of a difficult time keeping up, because so many of the actors looked alike. I kept getting confused on who was who. It's a good little film, but definitely not one of his best.
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