When Archer Coe, a collector of Chinese ceramics, is found dead in his bedroom with the door bolted on the inside, everybody from the district attorney to the medical examiner regards it as suicide. But detective Philo Vance suspects a sinister and carefully crafted murder. Although the circumstances surrounding the death of Archer Coe are so mysterious and contradictory that for a time no solution seems possible, the brilliant Philo Vance brings the case to an unexpected but satisfying conclusion in the end.
The Kennel Murder Case, first published in 1933, moves swiftly with one mystery following another until the clever resolution. It is considered one of the best of Philo Vance novels in the series for its interesting characterization and gripping action and suspense.
Release Date: February 3, 1940
Release Time: 62 minutes
James Stephenson as Philo Vance
Margot Stevenson as Hilda Lake
Henry O'Neill as J.P. Markham
Edward Brophy as Ryan
Sheila Bromley as Doris Delafield
Ralph Forbes as Tom McDonald
Don Douglas as Philip Wrede
Martin Kosleck as Gamble
Jimmy Conlin as Dr. Doremus
Edward Raquello as Eduardo Grassi
Creighton Hale as Du Bois
Harry Strang as Markham's assistant
Richard Kipling as Archer Coe
Wedgwood Nowell as Brisbane Coe
Bo Ling as Ling Toy
Terry as McTavish the Dog
S. S. Van Dine is the pseudonym used by American art critic Willard Huntington Wright (October 15, 1888 – April 11, 1939) when he wrote detective novels. Wright was an important figure in avant-garde cultural circles in pre-World War I New York, and under the pseudonym (which he originally used to conceal his identity) he created the once immensely popular fictional detective Philo Vance, a sleuth and aesthete who first appeared in books in the 1920s, then in movies and on the radio.
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