The Kennel Murder Case (1933)




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This film stars William Powell, making his fourth screen appearance as S. S. Van Dine's dilettante detective Philo Vance. This time the story involves intrigue at the Long Island kennel club. With the aid of a Doberman, Vance solves not only the original murder but a follow-up killing.
Action & Adventure , Classics , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Warner Bros. Pictures

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William Powell
as Philo Vance
Mary Astor
as Hilda Lake
Eugene Pallette
as Sgt. Ernest Heath
Ralph Morgan
as Raymond Wrede
Jack LaRue
as Eduardo Grassi
Helen Vinson
as Doris Delafield
Paul Cavanagh
as Sir Bruce MacDonald
Robert H. Barrat
as Archer Coe
Arthur Hohl
as Gamble
Robert McWade
as District Attorney John F.X. Markham
Henry O'Neill
as Dubois
Frank Conroy
as Brisbane Coe
Etienne Girardot
as Dr. Doremus
Charles C. Wilson
as Hennessey
James Lee
as Liang
Jimmy Lee
as Liang, the Cook
Harry Allen
as Sandy, the Dog Trainer
George Chandler
as Reporter
Milton Kibbee
as Charlie Adler, Reporter
Wade Boteler
as Sergeant
Leo White
as Desk Clerk
Don Brodie
as Photographer
Milt Kibbee
as Charlie Adler, Reporter
Monte Vandergrift
as Detective
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Critic Reviews for The Kennel Murder Case

All Critics (5)

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.

Full Review… | March 10, 2013
Movie Chambers

Far and away the best of the Philo Vance pictures and perhaps the finest example of this particular kind of mystery ever made.

Full Review… | August 2, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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June 29, 2005

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Full Review… | July 30, 2003
TV Guide

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April 19, 2001
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for The Kennel Murder Case


This dogs been struck a nasty blow On a weird night, a dog is mysteriously released from a kennel and murdered in the alley. Later that night, it appears a police officer committed suicide. A detective strongly believes things are not as they appear. As he digs deep, he finds some skeletons in the closet. "I would have killed him." "Well, did you?" "That's your problem." Michael Curtiz, director of Casablanca, The Adventures of Robin Hood, White Christmas, Mildred Pierce, Yankee Doodle Dandee, and Four's A Crowd, delivers The Kennel Murder Case. The storyline for this picture is unique and contains some interesting elements. The acting is a little cheesy but entertaining. The cast includes William Powell, Mary Astor, Eugene Pallette, and Ralph Morgan. "He wants to see you." "I don't want to see him. Tell him I said so." I grabbed this off Turner Classic Movies (TCM) because it seemed like a cool thriller that they aired in October; that, and I adore Michael Curtiz movies. This movie has a cool vibe and good tempo. This isn't Curtiz's best film, but the detective is well written and portrayed. I found this film entertaining and worth a viewing. "This bedlam is getting on my nerves." Grade: B-

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

Creaky mystery but Powell is suave and efficient as always.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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
Aj V

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