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Director  William Clemens
Screenplay  Tom Reed
Duration  
Language  English
5.8/10 IMDb

Genre  Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Story by  S. S. Van Dine
Country  United States
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Release date  February 3, 1940 (US)
Based on  The Kennel Murder Case (1933 novel)  by S. S. Van Dine
Writer  Tom Reed (screenplay), S.S. Van Dine (novel)
Cast  James Stephenson (Philo Vance), Margot Stevenson (Hilda Lake), Edward Brophy (Ryan), Sheila Bromley (Doris Delafield), Henry O'Neill (Markham), Ralph Forbes (Tom McDonald)
Similar movies  The Dragon Murder Case, The Bishop Murder Case, The Kennel Murder Case, Philo Vance's Secret Mission, The Canary Murder Case, The Greene Murder Case

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Calling Philo Vance is a 1940 American mystery/comedy released by Warner Bros. and starring James Stephenson as the dilettante detective Philo Vance, his only appearance as the character; Margot Stevenson co-stars. The film also features Henry O'Neill, Edward Brophy, Sheila Bromley and Ralph Forbes. It was directed by William Clemens from a screeenplay by Tom Reed, based on the 1933 novel The Kennel Murder Case by S. S. Van Dine, which had previously been made into a film in 1933, starring William Powell and Mary Astor.

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For this adaptation of the story, Vance is on international assignment from the United States government to investigate traffic in wartime aircraft designs. The original story dealt with art world double-dealing, but the solution to the mystery is the same in each film.

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Cast notes:

  • Warner Bros. intended to revitalize the Philo Vance series with British stage actor James Stephenson, but Stephenson never played the part again – he died of a heart attack in 1941.
  • Actors George Reeves, known for playing "Superman" on television in the 1950s, and William Hopper, noted for playing "Paul Drake" on the Perry Mason TV series in the 1950s-60s, both played small roles in the film.
  • Vance's dog, "McTavish", was played by Terry, who also played "Toto" in The Wizard of Oz.
  • Production

    Calling Philo Vance had the working titles "Philo Vance Comes Back" and "Philo Vance Returns".

    References

    Calling Philo Vance Wikipedia
    Calling Philo Vance IMDb Calling Philo Vance themoviedb.org


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