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  • Actors: William Powell, Mary Astor, Eugene Pallette, Ralph Morgan, Robert McWade
  • Directors: Michael Curtiz
  • Format: Black & White, Original recording reissued, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Alpha Video
  • VHS Release Date: July 30, 2002
  • Run Time: 73 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006G8L3
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #775,193 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

These old movies are so much fun to watch!
L. Crusing
It is hard to get into the movie in the beginning because the film looks so bad.
Samantha Glasser
As Philo Vance in the Kennel Murder Case, William Powell is pure joy to watch.
R. Wize

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67 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Mountain Lover on January 30, 2004
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
If this is the ground-breaking 30's detective movie they say it is, the DVD deserves more care as to quality control. (Please note that the distributor is not the studio that originally produced the film.) That said, the mystery is entertaining; and the acting is solid. However, the DVD picture quality is poor and is a major distraction. UCLA needs to get to work on this one, fast! The sound is surprisingly strong for most of the film, except in a couple of places where it cuts in and out. I will keep this DVD in my collection, but I cannot recommend it to any one to buy.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 19, 2004
Format: DVD
Great story with a great actor. Too bad Alpha didn't care enough to find a good print... sound is okay. I would not buy from them again.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By WhoDunnit Buff on August 9, 2004
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I was looking forward to a sharp, clear DVD of one of my favorite whodunnits but instead I wasted my money with Alpha Video on something that looks like a poor copy of a VHS! Do yourself a favor and look for a good, remastered version of this movie from someone else and enjoy! The story and plot are well worth it!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Vance on December 22, 1998
Format: VHS Tape
For those who enjoy the Thin Man movies, this remake of the earlier silent version is worth watching. Although, not totally faithful to the book, this script captures the spirit of Philo Vance and William Powell gives a fluid performance. The supporting cast is made up of character actors familiar to any one who has viewed movies from the 30's. For Van Dine devotees this may be a bit of a disappointment, but for most this will prove a very viewable adaptation.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Elaine Campbell on December 3, 2004
Format: DVD
from the 30s. William Powell is his usual sophisticated self, and in this film he, as Philo Vance, has an extraordinary talent for sleuthing. So much so that he makes the head detective of the police department (played adroitly by Eugene Palette) look like a dunderhead. But Palette's character doesn't mind and, in fact, depends on Powell's gift to solve the case and take the credit (and Powell doesn't mind in the least) for it. So all is amicable.

Several reviewers have mentioned the poor quality of the DVD. I only experienced near the end of the film two or three moments when the sound/picture seemed to slightly skip. Other than that, all ran smoothly.

Mary Astor is in this film, suave and gorgeous and looking so young one hardly recognizes her. Also legendary character actor Jack LaRue playing an Italian. And then there is Frank Morgan, et al. And one meets a couple of terrific dogs: one a scotty, the other a doberman. Their performances are up to par.

I personally couldn't guess who the murderer was unti it was ultimately revealed due to Vance's brilliancy. In fact, I had the wrong man in mind. I like a who done it where the villian's identity turns out to be a surprise. And the motive was one I couldn't imagine.

An enjoyable trip to the 30s.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Peter Kenney on March 30, 2004
Format: DVD
THE KENNEL MURDER CASE is an old-fashioned detective movie complete with a locked room mystery and a case of mistaken identity. The detective work by the hero Philo Vance is brilliant. The film is based on a novel by S.S. Van Dyne. It is a fun movie even though the story takes place during the height of the Great depression in New York City.
The role of Vance is played convincingly by William Powell. The strong supporting cast includes Eugene Pallette, Mary Astor, Ralph Morgan, Jack LaRue, Helen Vinson, Etienne Girardot and Paul Cavanaugh.
The film's director Michael Curtiz also directed CASABLANCA and YANKEE DOODLE DANDY.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By DJ Joe Sixpack HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on May 25, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
William Powell drifts through this brisk murder mystery, portraying detective Philo Vance in a B-grade preview of the infinitely suaver, more witty "Thin Man" roles he would later excel at. This film is entertaining enough, after a style, but the script is as clumsy as the stage is cluttered, as one great character actor after another bump into one another as the plot zips unsuspensefully by. A murder is committed, but the police peg it as a suicide until Vance pops up to prove them wrong, playfully locking horns with the inept Sargeant in charge of the case (delightfully portrayed by the gravel-voiced Eugene Palette). Not one of director Michael Curtiz's brightest moments -- things just whiz by too quickly and the formula isn't given enough time to develop a sense of charm or wit. This is okay, but there are plenty of other oldies-but-goodies to spend your time on first.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By bernie HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 26, 2013
Format: Amazon Instant Video
As with all good murder cases there is some nasty person (Archer Coe) that makes everyone he comes in contact want to murder him and his little dog too. You guessed it he apparently committed suicide in a "locked" room.

Of course Philo Vance (William Powell) does not believe it and has to unravel a complex "Who-done-it" and how?

This film is based on a novel by S.S. Van Dyne. Moreover, even thought it has William Powell and Mary Astor, two well-known actors in it they are not a couple in the movie.

The acting is well done. And you will find many of the elements (character portrayal, gimmicks, and subplots) in later movies.
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