When a man known as Cock Robin appears murdered with an arrow in his chest, John Markham, a prosecutor in New York's judicial district, calls for investigation Philo Vance. Vance soon marks the reference to a well-known childhood lengalenga. And it quickly becomes clear that this will be the pattern in a series of extraordinary crimes, engineered by a perverse-minded murderer, who keeps a constant provocation to the police through letters sent to the newspapers, all with the signature "The Bishop."
In a simple and straightforward style, built by the hand of SS Van Dine, this is a story full of death, suspicion and surprising details - like chess pieces or theater. A brilliant cop, a classic work of mystery literature.
Release Date: January 3, 1930
Release Time: 88 minutes
Basil Rathbone as Philo Vance
Leila Hyams as Belle Dillard
Roland Young as Sigurd Arnesson
Alec B. Francis as Professor Bertrand Dillard
George F. Marion as Adolph Drukker
Zelda Sears as Miss Drukker ("Mrs. Otto Drukker" in the screen credits)
Bodil Rosing as Grete Menzel
Carroll Nye as John E. Sprigg
Charles Quatermaine as John Pardee
James Donlan as Ernest Heath
Sidney Bracey as Robin Pyne
Clarence Geldart as John F.-X. Markham
Delmer Daves as Raymond Sperling
Nellie Bly Baker as Beedle
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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