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- Jeff Boston
In Powell's last and best Philo Vance film [from which he got a wife and traded his black dog for a white one to become the equally intelligent, sophisticated, witty, and charming (but boozy with the end of Prohibition in 1933) Nick Charles of 1934's "The Thin Man" and subsequent, very successful series), the dog murderer was the same person who murdered the brothers (it's not mentioned because animal life was not as important as human life, as it seemingly is now). He wanted Hilda, so he needed to get her boyfriend arrested on circumstantial evidence for allegedly killing Coe (for Coe allegedly killing the dog). There was no arrest, so he went to the boyfriend's apartment to do him in, and that is when he saw Coe was still alive, which is what this wonderful "whodunit" is, alive, thanks to TCM.
Ginger is right again
The death of the dog gets quickly forgotten and why was the secretary in the apartment next door which allowed him to see that he needed to return to the house? Did 3 of the suspects all live or have places next door, but separately?
The Kennel Murder Case
- Ginger Rogers
Q: Hasn't anybody else noticed there are 2 plot holes in this movie?Plot Hole1: The death of the Scottish terrier Gillie is never resolved.Plot Hole2: Wm Powell says the murderer saw his victim open his bedrm window from the apt bldg next doorso he came back to the hse to "finish the job," met the brother on the stairs . . .BUTQ: What was the victim's secretary doing in the apt bldg next door AS he lived in the hse?
Stylish mystery caper, definitely worth watching
Having never heard of Philo Vance, but being a Thin Man fan, I recorded this film on a whim - I'm glad I did. This mystery moves at a brisk pace, with lot's of swish pans and split screens to keep things visually interesting.William Powell is great as Vance, surrounded by an excellent supporting cast. Included is an Asian character, played by an actual Asian actor, who does not have to speak pidgin english! Suspects accumulate along with bodies, and I was kept guessing as to who would be the murderer. Recommended to all mystery fans - and I'll be on the lookout for more Philo Vance!
The Kennel Murder Case
Astor in Orry-Kelly, directed by Curtiz, with rare Girardot, and Powell paired with Pallette.