Calling Philo Vance

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Calling Philo Vance is a 1940 American mystery/comedy released by Warner Bros. and starring James Stephenson as the dilettante detective Philo Vance, his only appearance as the character; Margot Stevenson co-stars. The film also features Henry O'Neill,... read more

Calling Philo Vance is a 1940 American mystery/comedy released by Warner Bros. and starring James Stephenson as the dilettante detective Philo Vance, his only appearance as the character; Margot Stevenson co-stars. The film also features Henry O'Neill, Edward Brophy, Sheila Bromley and Ralph Forbes. It was directed by William Clemens from a screeenplay by Tom Reed, based on the 1933 novel The Kennel Murder Case by S. S. Van Dine, which had previously been made into a film in 1933, starring William Powell and Mary Astor. For this adaptation of the story, Vance is on international assignment from the United States government to investigate traffic in wartime aircraft designs. The original story dealt with art world double-dealing, but the solution to the mystery is the same in each film.

Original Release

02/03/1940

US Release

02/03/1940

Cast

James Stephenson Philo Vance
Margot Stevenson Hilda Lake
Edward Brophy Ryan
Sheila Bromley Doris / Doris Delafield
Henry O'Neill Markham
Ralph Forbes Tom McDonald
Terry McTavish
Donald Douglas Philip Wrede
Martin Kosleck Gamble
Jimmy Conlin Dr. Doremus - Coroner
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

William Clemens

Writers

Tom Reed, S.S. Van Dine

Cast

James Stephenson Philo Vance
Margot Stevenson Hilda Lake
Edward Brophy Ryan
Sheila Bromley Doris / Doris Delafield
Henry O'Neill Markham
Ralph Forbes Tom McDonald
Terry McTavish
Donald Douglas Philip Wrede
Martin Kosleck Gamble
Jimmy Conlin Dr. Doremus - Coroner
Edward Raquello Eduardo Grassi
Creighton Hale Du Bois - Fingerprint Man
Harry Strang Hennessey - Markham's Assistant
Richard Kipling Archer Coe
Wedgwood Nowell Brisbane Coe
Bo Ling Ling Toy
Herbert Anderson First Reporter
Henry Blair Hans Snauble
Egon Brecher Austrian Judge
Harry Burns Capt. Lugo

Producers

Bryan Foy Producer

Editors

Louis Lindsay, Benjamin Liss

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