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The Kennel Murder Case

The Kennel Murder Case(1933)


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A news item in Film Daily notes that Ralph Bellamy was signed to a role in this picture, but he was not in the released film. According to Warner Bros. records, initial casting included Hugh Herbert as Dr. Doremus, George Blackwood as Bruce MacDonald and Claire Dodd as Doris Delafield. William Powell's onscreen credit reads "William Powell returns as Philo Vance in The Kennel Murder Case." Modern sources include Harry Allen (Dog trainer), Milton Kibbee (Charlie Adler), Leo White (Desk clerk), James Burke (Policeman) and Monte Vandergrift (Detective) in the cast. Among the many movies featuring Philo Vance were two made by Paramount in 1929: The Canary Murder Case, directed by Malcolm St. Clair and starring William Powell; and The Greene Murder Case, directed by Frank Tuttle and also starring William Powell. Two more were made in 1930: The Bishop Murder Case, starring Basil Rathbone as Philo Vance, directed by Nick Grinde for M-G-M; and The Benson Murder Case, starring William Powell and directed by Frank Tuttle for Paramount. The 1930 Paramount film Paramount on Parade featured Powell as Vance in a spoof of detective mysteries called "Murder Will Out" (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.0352, F2.0424, F2.0760, F2.2254 and F2.4133). Several other "Philo Vance" films were made by various studios during the 1930s and 1940s. For additional information on films featuring the character, consult the Series Index.