“The Kennel Murder Case” is a 1933 American mystery film directed by Michael Curtiz and starring William Powell and Mary Astor. The film is based on the novel of the same name by S.S. Van Dine and follows the story of Philo Vance, a wealthy amateur detective who is called in to investigate a murder at a dog show.
The film opens with the murder of Archer Coe, a wealthy businessman and dog enthusiast who is found dead in his study. The primary suspect is his jealous ex-wife, but Vance (played by Powell) believes there is more to the case than meets the eye. With the help of his faithful butler, Ernest (played by Eugene Pallette), Vance sets out to solve the mystery.
As Vance investigates, he encounters a cast of eccentric characters, including Coe’s mistress, his business partner, and a group of dog enthusiasts who are all potential suspects. The case becomes more complicated when another murder occurs at the dog show, and Vance must use his intellect and deductive reasoning to unravel the truth.
“The Kennel Murder Case” is a classic whodunit that features intricate plotting, witty dialogue, and colorful characters. Powell’s portrayal of Vance is charming and suave, and the film’s clever twists and turns keep the audience engaged until the very end. The film is a must-see for fans of classic mysteries and detective stories.
S.S. Van Dine, Robert N. Lee, Peter Milne
William Powell, Mary Astor, Eugene Pallette