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Philo Vance Collection(1929-1940)

The movie adaptions of the S. S. Van Dine novels featuring the detective Philo Vance, starring various actors in the lead role.


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The Canary Murder Case(1929)

PG
| 1h 22min | Crime, Mystery, Drama
2.8/5 (with 8 votes)

A beautiful showgirl, name "the Canary" is a scheming nightclub singer. Blackmailing is her game and with that she ends up dead. But who killed "the Canary". All the suspects knew and were used by her and everyone had a motive to see her dead. The only witness to the crime has also been 'rubbed out'. Only one man, the keen, fascinating, debonair detective Philo Vance, would be able to figure out who is the killer. Written by Tony Fontana.

The Greene Murder Case(1929)

1h 9min | Drama, Mystery
3.1/5 (with 3 votes)

Philo Vance investigates when a murderer preys upon members of a wealthy family on New York's Upper East Side.

The Benson Murder Case(1930)

1h 5min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller
3.0/5 (with 5 votes)

A ruthless, crooked stockbroker is murdered at his luxurious country estate, and detective Philo Vance just happens to be there; he decides to find out who killed him.

Directed by Frank Tuttle - With William Powell

The Bishop Murder Case(1930)

PG
| 1h 28min | Mystery
2.6/5 (with 3 votes)

The murders start with the body of Robin. He is found with a arrow through the heart, but Vance deduces that the body was placed and not found where he was killed. The note found dealing with the murder was part of a nursery rhyme and signed by 'Bishop'. The only witness may have been Mrs. Drukker and Adolph, but they are not talking. As the murders progress, each one is accompanied by a nursery rhyme. It is up to Philo Vance to unravel the clues and unmask the identity of the murderer 'Bishop'.

The Kennel Murder Case(1933)

NR
| 1h 13min | Crime, Mystery
3.2/5 (with 13 votes)

Philo Vance, accompanied by his prize-losing Scottish terrier, investigates the locked-room murder of a prominent and much-hated collector whose broken Chinese vase provides an important clue.

The Dragon Murder Case(1934)

1h 7min | Mystery
2.8/5 (with 4 votes)

Wonderful idea to give a party with people who dislike each other. Late at night, everyone decides to go into the pool, except Stamm, who is drunk. Montague dives in as does Greeff and Leland, but only Greeff and Leland come out. Montague is no where to be found so Leland suspects foul play and calls the cops. Luckily, Philo is with the D.A. and comes along, but they do not find Montague. When they drain the pool the next day, they find nothing except what looks like dragon prints. Philo has his suspicions and tries to piece the clues together to find out what has happened.

The Casino Murder Case(1935)

1h 22min | Drama, Action, Mystery
3.0/5 (with 2 votes)

When Philo Vance receives a note that harm will befall Lynn at the casino that night, he takes the threat seriously while the DA dismisses it. At the casino owned by Uncle Kinkaid, Lynn is indeed poisoned under the watchful eye of Philo. However, he recovers, but the same cannot be said for Lynn's wife Virginia, who is at the family home. Only a family member could have poisoned Lynn and Virginia and everyone has their dark motives. Philo will follow the clues and find the perpetrator.

The Scarab Murder Case(1936)

One of a series of murder mysteries featuring the character Philo Vance. A Lost Movie.

The Garden Murder Case(1936)

1h 1min | Drama, Mystery
2.9/5 (with 3 votes)

Detective Philo Vance is in charge of the investigation of several mysterious murders. Things take a turn when he gathers evidence against Major Fenwicke-Ralston.

Night of Mystery(1937)

1h 6min | Mystery

One of a series of movies based on the character Philo Vance.

The Gracie Allen Murder Case(1939)

1h 18min | Comedy, Mystery
3.5/5 (with 1 vote)

The zany plot follows nitwit Gracie Allen trying to help master sleuth Philo Vance solve a murder.

Directed by Alfred E. Green - With Gracie Allen

Calling Philo Vance(1940)

1h 2min | Crime, Mystery
2.7/5 (with 3 votes)

Philo is in Vienna working for the US Government to see if Archer Coe is selling aircraft designs to foreign powers. He grabs the plans with Archer's signature, but is captured by police before he can escape. Deported he comes back to America and plans to confront Archer, but Archer is found dead in his locked bedroom with a gun in his hand. While it looks like a suicide, Vance knows better and the coroner finds that Archer has been shot, hit with a blunt instrument and stabbed - making suicide unlikely. But Vance is on the case and is looking to see if government secrets have been sold and who has murdered Coe. This is a remake of "The Kennel Murder Case" using aircraft designs and espionage instead of Chinese porcelain and dog shows.

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