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Everyone assumes dog-show competitor Archer Coe (Robert Barrat) committed suicide -- except for intrepid detective Philo Vance (William Powell). As Vance investigates, he turns up evidence of foul play that points in every direction; Coe wasn't just disliked -- he was despised. The long list of suspects includes Coe's niece Hilda (Mary Astor) ; his rival, Sir Thomas MacDonald (Paul Cavanagh) ; and his brother. Can Vance sort through the competing motives to find the true killer?

Cast & Crew

Mary Astor
Hilda Lake
Eugene Pallette
Detective Sgt. Heath
Ralph Morgan
Raymond Wrede
Helen Vinson
Doris Delafield
Jack La Rue
Eduardo Grassi
Paul Cavanagh
Sir Thomas MacDonald
S.S. Van Dine
Writer
Bernhard Kaun
Original Music
William Rees
Cinematographer
Jack Okey
Art Direction
Orry-Kelly
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Critic Reviews for The Kennel Murder Case

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Audience Reviews for The Kennel Murder Case

  • Sep 26, 2018
    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.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 03, 2010
    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.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Jul 31, 2010
    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.
    nefnie l Super Reviewer
  • Aug 06, 2007
    Creaky mystery but Powell is suave and efficient as always.
    jay n Super Reviewer

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