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The Case of the Howling Dog (1934)

An agitated and desperate man spares no expense in insisting that Mason represent him against a neighbor's howling dog and act as executor of his will.

Director:

Alan Crosland

Writers:

Ben Markson (screen play), Erle Stanley Gardner (from the story by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Warren William ... Perry Mason
Mary Astor ... Bessie Foley
Allen Jenkins ... Sgt. Holcomb
Grant Mitchell ... Claude Drumm
Helen Trenholme Helen Trenholme ... Della Street
Helen Lowell ... Elizabeth Walker
Dorothy Tree ... Lucy Benton
Gordon Westcott ... Arthur Cartwright
Harry Tyler ... Sam Martin - Taxi Driver
Arthur Aylesworth ... Sheriff Bill Pemberton
Russell Hicks ... Clinton Foley
Frank Reicher ... Dr. Carl Cooper
Addison Richards ... Judge Markham
James P. Burtis ... George Dobbs (as James Burtis)
Eddie Shubert ... Ed Wheeler
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Storyline

A very nervous man named Cartwright comes into Perry's office to have the neighbor arrested for his howling dog. He states that the howling is a sign that there is a death in the neighborhood. He also wants a will written giving his estate to the lady living at the neighbors house. It is all very mysterious and by the next day, his will is changed and Cartwright is missing, as is the lady of the house next door. Perry has a will and a retainer and must find out whether he has a client or a beneficiary. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Meet PERRY MASON. New King of Crime - (original print ad - Lubbock Morning Avalanche - Place Theatre - Lubbock, Texas - Nov. 1, 193) See more »


Certificate:

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Trivia

The dog who played Prince in this film, Lightning is the grandson of the silent film canine star Strongheart the Dog. See more »

Goofs

Perry Mason makes mention of a howling police dog after bringing in a psychiatrist to observe Arthur Cartwright, yet at no time did Arthur Cartwright ever state that the howling dog was a police dog. See more »

Quotes

Della Street: I'm afraid you're on pretty thin ice, Mr. Mason.
Perry Mason: Will you skate with me? I haven't fallen through yet.
Della Street: It's dangerous.
Perry Mason: Will you take a chance?
Della Street: You know I will.
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Followed by Perry Mason: The Case of the Killer Kiss (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Dames
(1934) (uncredited)
from Dames (1934)
Music by Harry Warren
Played on the radio when Bessie Foley turns it on in Clinton Foley's house
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Lots of plot, strong performances in excellent mystery
19 June 2013 | by csteidlerSee all my reviews

Perry Mason runs a big operation: Windows all across the front of his office building feature his name printed in big letters. He's so successful he can't even handle every case personally. –Such is our introduction to the great lawyer before we even meet him.

Warren William is appropriately self-assured as the super-successful lawyer in this classy and well-plotted murder mystery.

The complicated story involves a very nervous-looking man named Cartwright (Gordon Westcott) who comes to Mason with questions about his will—and about a neighbor's dog that has been howling for 48 hours. We soon learn that that neighbor, Clinton Foley (Russell Hicks), had once run off with Cartwright's wife…Cartwright had sworn to get even with them both and tracked them down and moved in next door….and soon enough the man Foley is shot dead in his house.

The murder scene is particularly well done: We see Foley and his dog in the house, we see Mrs. Foley walk in, and we watch their brief confrontation. And then we hear the shots: We see Mrs. Foley's face and her reaction but not who fired the shots. A door swings shut….

Mary Astor is excellent as Mrs. Foley—her expressive face never quite giving away all she is thinking. Allen Jenkins is good as always as the skeptical police sergeant looking for answers. Warren William gives a smooth performance as the masterful investigator whose work and methods are in the interest of justice but not necessarily popular with the police.

It's well written and fast moving, too—with an ending that surprised me. Very enjoyable!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Den hylende Hund See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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