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Philo Vance's Gamble (1947)

Approved | | Mystery | 12 April 1947 (USA)
Philo goes after a gang of murderous jewel thieves.

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Basil Wrangell

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Eugene Conrad (screenplay), Arthur St. Claire (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Curtis ... Philo Vance
Vivian Austin ... Laurian March (as Terry Austin)
Frank Jenks ... Ernie Clark
Tala Birell ... Mrs. Tina Cromwell
Gavin Gordon ... Oliver Tennant
Cliff Clark Cliff Clark ... Inspector Walsh
James Burke ... Lt. Burke
Toni Todd ... Geegee Desmond
Francis Pierlot Francis Pierlot ... Roberts the Butler
Joseph Crehan ... Dist. Atty. Ellis Mason
Garnett Marks Garnett Marks ... Charles O'Mara
Grady Sutton ... Mr. Willetts
Charles Mitchell Charles Mitchell ... Guy Harkness
Joanne Frank Joanne Frank ... Norma Harkness
Dan Seymour ... Jeffrey Connor
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Private Detective Philo Vance (Alan Curtis) gets involved with a succession of murders and a mystery concerning the disappearance of an emerald that has been smuggled into the United States. The first victim is the smuggler, Jeffrey Connor ('Dan Seymour (I)' qv)), who intended to double-cross his partners, one of which didn't appreciate Connor's intentions. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La esmeralda fatal See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Of the 3 PRC Vance features, this was the first to be released (April 13, 1947) but the second to be shot (November 1946). See more »

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Follows The Benson Murder Case (1930) See more »

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PRC's Philo Vance number 2
2 March 2014 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

1947's "Philo Vance's Gamble" came second in PRC's brief three picture series (shot Nov 1946), but was issued first (Apr 13 '47), again with Alan Curtis as Vance, and Frank Jenks as comic sidekick Ernie Clark, more helpful this time. Almost as good as "Philo Vance's Secret Mission," particularly in its well thought out solution, Vance calls upon smuggler Jeffrey Connor (Dan Seymour) to learn why Connor has been spreading the word that he's hired the great detective as a bodyguard. Right after Connor signs a check for 'pain and suffering,' he is shot dead by an unseen assailant, who swiftly kayos Vance while he's still on the floor. Just like the first feature, Vance must clear himself by solving the mystery, supported by a veteran cast that 'B' movie lovers will appreciate. Returning from "Secret Mission" are Tala Birell (criminally wasted here) and Toni Todd, while Vivian Austin would be back for the third entry, "Philo Vance Returns." Joseph Crehan plays the District Attorney, who actually mentions D. A. Markham, a fixture from all earlier Vance features. Other capable performers include Cliff Clark, James Burke, Gavin Gordon, Francis Pierlot, Grady Sutton, and especially Karolyn Grimes, coming off her iconic role as little Zuzu in "It's a Wonderful Life." William Wright would take over the title role in the PRC finale, "Philo Vance Returns," making one regret the absence of Alan Curtis, the only actor other than William Powell to play Philo Vance on screen more than once.


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