Kennel Murder Case
"The Kennel Murder Case" (1933) features actor William Powell reprising his role as Philo Vance, an urbane and brainy man-about-town who also so happens to solve crimes. When Vance's acquaintance Arthur Coe is found shot through the head inside a locked room, the police are convinced it's a simple case of suicide. But Vance has a hunch all is not what it seems. Coe was eagerly anticipating victory in a dog show the next day and he made enemies everywhere he went. Maybe, Vance reasons, there's a murderer ingenious enough to plan this nearly perfect crime.
Suspects abound. There's Raymond Wrede, the secretary whom Coe thought an unsuitable suitor for his niece; Liang, the Chinese cook with a degree from Columbia, who regrets helping Coe acquire priceless artifacts from China; Hilda Lake, the niece who suspects her uncle of murdering her sweetheart's dog; the sweetheart, whose terrier posed the greatest threat to Coe's in the dog show; Eduardo Grassi, emissary from a South American country that wants to purchase Coe's collection of smuggled artifacts; and Doris Delafield, the mistress and next-door neighbor whose dalliance with Grassi infuriated Coe. Oh, and there's Eddie, the butler with a mysterious (and criminal) past.
The character Philo Vance got his start in the crime novels by Willard Huntington Wright under the pen name S.S. Van Dine and had a long, healthy career in radio and film, played by Basil Rathbone, Alan Curtis and Warren William as well as William Powell.
Kerry RoodProfessor Kerry Rood of Utah State University discusses veterinary science and the film "The Kennel Murder Case."
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