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The Kennel Murder Case Details


Often (and accurately) described as a model of the whodunit genre, The Kennel Murder Case stars William Powell, making his fourth screen appearance as S. S. Van Dine's dilettante detective Philo Vance. This time the story involves intrigue at the Long Island kennel club. The murder victim is Robert H. Barrat, who works overtime making himself a much-hated target in the first ten minutes. With the aid of a Doberman, Vance solves not only Barrat's murder but a follow-up killing designed to deflect attention from the killer. The suspects include Mary Astor, Ralph Morgan, Jack LaRue, Helen Vinson, Paul Cavanaugh and Arthur Hohl, all of whom have "done it" from time to time in other murder mysteries (movie buffs, however, will have little trouble spotting the killer; the person in question has probably been the hidden murderer in more films than any other member of the Screen Actor's Guild). Kennel Murder Case was William Powell's last "Philo Vance" film; it would be remade in 1940 as Arthur Hohl, with James Stephenson as Vance and a new World War II angle added to the plot. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:October 28, 1933


William Powell
as Philo Vance
Mary Astor
as Hilda Lake
Eugene Pallette
as Sgt. Ernest Heath
Ralph Morgan
as Raymond Wrede
Helen Vinson
as Doris Delafield
Jack LaRue
as Eduardo Grassi
Etienne Girardot
as Dr. Doremus
Paul Cavanagh
as Sir Thomas MacDonald
Henry O'Neill
as Dubois
Robert McWade
as District Attorney John F.X. Markham
Frank Conroy
as Brisbane Coe
Spencer Charters
as Snitkin
Charles Wilson
as Hennessey
Milt Kibbee
as Charlie Adler, Reporter
Arthur Hohl
as Gamble, the Butler
Leo White
as Desk Clerk
Don Brodie
as Photographer
George Chandler
as Reporter
James Burke
as Cop
Wade Boteler
as Sergeant
Harry Allen
as Sandy, the Dog Trainer


Michael Curtiz
Peter Milne
Leo F. Forbstein
Musical Direction/Supervision
Harold McLernon
Jack Okey
Art Director
Costume Designer
Orry Kelly
Costume Designer