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The Canary Murder Case was the first film in which novelist S. S. Van Dine's popular detective "Philo Vance" appeared onscreen. William Powell revived his role as Vance in four additional films, including The Greene Murder Case , released later in 1929 (See Entry). For information on other films featuring Vance, please consult the entry below for the 1933 Warner Bros. film The Kennel Murder Case , directed by Michael Curtiz and also starring ... More Less

The Canary Murder Case was the first film in which novelist S. S. Van Dine's popular detective "Philo Vance" appeared onscreen. William Powell revived his role as Vance in four additional films, including The Greene Murder Case , released later in 1929 (See Entry). For information on other films featuring Vance, please consult the entry below for the 1933 Warner Bros. film The Kennel Murder Case , directed by Michael Curtiz and also starring Powell. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
17 Mar 1929.
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New York Times
11 Mar 1929
p. 22.
Variety
13 Mar 1929.
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Malcolm St. Clair Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Cost des
MUSIC
PRODUCTION MISC
General Mgr West Coast Prod.
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The "Canary" Murder Case
a Philo Vance Story by S. S. Van Dine (New York, 1927).
DETAILS
Series:
Release Date:
16 February 1929
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Famous Lasky Corp.
Copyright Date:
15 February 1929
Copyright Number:
LP126
Physical Properties:
Sound
Movietone
Black and White
Widescreen/ratio
1.18:1
Sound, also silent
Also si; 6,554 ft.
Duration(in mins):
80
Length(in feet):
7,171
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Margaret O'Dell, a blackmailing musical comedy star, is found strangled in her apartment, and four men come under suspicion: Lindquist, a half-mad doctor in love with Margaret; Cleaver, a politician whose career she threatened; Mannix, a fat broker with a jealous wife; and Jimmy Spotswoode, a young society boy Margaret was attempting to blackmail into marriage. Jimmy is arrested, and Philo Vance, a whimsical society man and amateur detective who is a close friend of Jimmy's father, is called in on the case. Vance proves the murderer to have been the elder ... +


Margaret O'Dell, a blackmailing musical comedy star, is found strangled in her apartment, and four men come under suspicion: Lindquist, a half-mad doctor in love with Margaret; Cleaver, a politician whose career she threatened; Mannix, a fat broker with a jealous wife; and Jimmy Spotswoode, a young society boy Margaret was attempting to blackmail into marriage. Jimmy is arrested, and Philo Vance, a whimsical society man and amateur detective who is a close friend of Jimmy's father, is called in on the case. Vance proves the murderer to have been the elder Spotswoode. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Detective


Subject

Legend
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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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