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Philo Vance Returns (1947)

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64 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

Playboy Larry Blendon (Damian O'Flynn) introduces his grandmother Stella Blendon (Clara Blandick) to his fiancée, radio singer Virginia Berneaux (Ramsay Ames). Despite Larry's record of broken romances and divorces, Virginia decides she ...See morePlayboy Larry Blendon (Damian O'Flynn) introduces his grandmother Stella Blendon (Clara Blandick) to his fiancée, radio singer Virginia Berneaux (Ramsay Ames). Despite Larry's record of broken romances and divorces, Virginia decides she will marry him. Virginia is slain that night and Blandon telephones his friend Philo Vance (William Wright) to help find the killer. Even as they talk, the killer strikes again and Philo hears Larry fall dead. Philo begins his investigation with Alexis Karnoff (leon Belasco'), Virginia's manager, and the two go to Larry's home, where Stella tells them that the motive for the killing might be Larry's will that names the six women in his life as heirs and if any die before the will is probated, the others will divide the shares. They also learn that Katherine Corbett(Phyllis Planchard), the first of Larry's wives, has been murdered. Suspicion now falls on Lorena Sims (Vivian Austin), a former wife who has been a patient at a sanitarium suffering from a nervous ailment. All of the deaths have been by poison and Lorena had access to it at the sanitarium. Philo uncovers another piece of information that leads him to break into the Blandon home just as Stella is about to give Lorena a glass of warm milk. Written by Les Adams See less
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Writers
S.S. Van Dine (character) | Robert E. Kent (original screenplay)
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Updated Apr 14, 1947

Release date
Apr 14, 1947 (United States)

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16 cast members
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William Wright
Philo Vance Philo Vance   See fewer
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Vivian Austin
Lorena Blendon Simms (as Terry Austin) Lorena Blendon Simms (as Terry Austin)   See fewer
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Leon Belasco
Alexis Karnoff Alexis Karnoff   See fewer
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Clara Blandick
Stella Blendon Stella Blendon   See fewer
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Ramsay Ames
Virginia Berneaux Virginia Berneaux   See fewer
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Damian O'Flynn
Larry Blendon Larry Blendon   See fewer
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Frank Wilcox
George Hullman George Hullman   See fewer
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Iris Adrian
Maggie McCarthy Blendon, aka Choo-choo Divine Maggie McCarthy Blendon, aka Choo-choo Divine   See fewer
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Ann Staunton
Helen Varney Blendon Helen Varney Blendon   See fewer
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Tim Murdock
The Policeman The Policeman   See fewer
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Mary Scott
Mary, the Maid Mary, the Maid   See fewer
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Wade Crosby
Choo-Choo's Bodyguard (uncredited) Choo-Choo's Bodyguard (uncredited)   See fewer
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Eddie Dunn
Police Lt. Mullard (uncredited) Police Lt. Mullard (uncredited)   See fewer
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Broderick O'Farrell
Dr. Campbell (uncredited) Dr. Campbell (uncredited)   See fewer
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Phyllis Planchard
Agatha Cowle (uncredited) Agatha Cowle (uncredited)   See fewer
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Cy Stevens
Greg Simms (uncredited) Greg Simms (uncredited)   See fewer
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5.9 / 10 | 106 votes