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The Kennel Murder Case - Digitally Remastered 2013

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Archer Coe has been found dead in his locked bedroom. The cops consider it suicide, but Philo Vance believes otherwise. Archer had a number of enemies, any one of which would have been glad to knock him off, but which one did and how did the murder occur in a room looked from the inside. Only one man, the fascinating, debonair detective Philo Vance, would be able to figure out who is the killer.

Starring:
William Powell, Mary Astor
Runtime:
1 hour, 13 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Mystery
Director Michael Curtiz
Starring William Powell, Mary Astor
Supporting actors Eugene Pallette, Ralph Morgan, Robert McWade, Robert Barrat, Frank Conroy, Etienne Girardot, James Lee, Paul Cavanagh, Arthur Hohl, Helen Vinson, Jack La Rue, Harry Allen, Asta, Wade Boteler, Don Brodie, James Burke, George Chandler, Spencer Charters
Studio Fisher Klingenstein Films
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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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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By A Customer on February 19, 2004
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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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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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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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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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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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S.S. Van Dine's Philo Vance has been all but forgotten today, seeming too perfect and erudite for today's reading audience. The dapper detective was adapted to film several times, however. The Kennel Murder Case is by far the best film adaptation of the highbrow sleuth. Director Michael Curtiz used that early 1930's soft focus look and a well-written and witty script to bring Vance to life in the form of William Powell, who proved perfect for the part.

From the opening moments of Vance at the Long Island Kennel Club with his dog, Captain McDavish, this is a classy and breezily paced little mystery. The murder of Hilda Lake's dog escalates into a human murder with lots of suspects. But how was the murder committed, when the victim is found dead in a room locked from the inside? It's just the type of puzzle in which Philo Vance relishes, so he cancels his vacation cruise to lend Detective Heath (Eugene Pallet) a hand.

A young and very stylish Mary Astor stars as Hilda Lake, with a supporting cast which includes Helen Vinson, Ralph Morgan, Frank Conroy, and Paul Cavanaugh. James Lee Liang as a cook obsessed with Chinese treasures adds flavor to this delicious little concoction. Vance has a locked room puzzle but rather than confining, director Curtiz manages enough flair and visual touches to offset that drawing room feel many early 1930's mysteries had.

Shady business dealings, spurned affections, and valuable Chinese artifacts all play a part in this tight little mystery. Powell's Vance is uptown, cool as a cucumber, and fun to watch as he's always one step ahead of everyone else.
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