The Case of the Velvet Claws (1936)

60 or 62-63 mins | Mystery | 15 August 1936

Director:

William Clemens

Writer:

Tom Reed

Producer:

Henry Blanke

Cinematographer:

Sid Hickox

Editor:

Jack Saper

Production Designer:

Esdras Hartley

Production Company:

First National Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
29 Aug 36
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
13 May 36
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
18 Apr 36
p. 45.
Motion Picture Herald
23 May 36
p. 44.
New York Times
29 Aug 36
p. 16.
Variety
2 Sep 35
p. 21.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Clue Club Picture
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Exec prod
Supv
WRITER
Scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Case of the Velvet Claws by Erle Stanley Gardner (New York, 1933).
DETAILS
Series:
Release Date:
15 August 1936
Copyright Claimant:
First National Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
3 July 1936
Copyright Number:
LP6482
Physical Properties:
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
60 or 62-63
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
2157
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

On the night of his wedding to Della Street, criminal lawyer Perry Mason is kidnapped by Eva Belter, who wants him to to take care of a scandal involving her and politician Peter Milnor. Perry visits the editor of Spicy Bits , the scandal sheet threatening to publish the story, and discovers that millionaire stockbroker George C. Belter, the real owner of the paper, wants the story published to punish his wife. When she learns this, she threatens Belter with a gun and shoots at him. He falls to the ground, and thinking that she has killed him, she runs away. She calls Perry to the murder scene where he finds a second bullet. After some investigation, Perry figures out that the murder was actually committed after Eva left the room by Belter's nephew Carl Griffin. Griffin killed Belter himself when he learned that Eva thought she had killed him. In fact, Eva's bullet had not even come close, but Griffin knew that Belter had changed his will, making Griffin his heir. In order to keep the housekeeper Mrs. Veito and her daughter Norma quiet about hearing two shots, Griffin agreed to marry Norma. With the murder wrapped up, Perry gets to night court just in time to stop Della from annulling their marriage and the two head off for a belated honeymoon at Pinehurst ... +


On the night of his wedding to Della Street, criminal lawyer Perry Mason is kidnapped by Eva Belter, who wants him to to take care of a scandal involving her and politician Peter Milnor. Perry visits the editor of Spicy Bits , the scandal sheet threatening to publish the story, and discovers that millionaire stockbroker George C. Belter, the real owner of the paper, wants the story published to punish his wife. When she learns this, she threatens Belter with a gun and shoots at him. He falls to the ground, and thinking that she has killed him, she runs away. She calls Perry to the murder scene where he finds a second bullet. After some investigation, Perry figures out that the murder was actually committed after Eva left the room by Belter's nephew Carl Griffin. Griffin killed Belter himself when he learned that Eva thought she had killed him. In fact, Eva's bullet had not even come close, but Griffin knew that Belter had changed his will, making Griffin his heir. In order to keep the housekeeper Mrs. Veito and her daughter Norma quiet about hearing two shots, Griffin agreed to marry Norma. With the murder wrapped up, Perry gets to night court just in time to stop Della from annulling their marriage and the two head off for a belated honeymoon at Pinehurst Lodge. +

Legend
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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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