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The Greene Murder Case

1929 | United States | 69 min | More...
A still from The Greene Murder Case (1929)
  • Watched on D+: 2 stars (out of 5)
    on Thu Jul 30, 2020 via YouTube

    Disappointing follow-up to The Canary Murder Case has William Powell reprising his role as dilettante sleuth Philo Vance investigating a wealthy family where the last surviving heir stands to inherit a fortune.

    Unlike the prior film, which focused on a single murder, this entry piles up bodies at an absurd rate, culminating in a finale that made me laugh out loud. Also not helping: the costumer’s decision to dress Powell in a kimono, a paisley smoking jacket, an oversized white topcoat, and a pair of thick-rimmed Coke bottle glasses 1. Fortunately, not all at once. Followed by The Benson Murder Case.

    1. Yes, it’s more in keeping with the source novel’s portrayal of Vance as a dandy, but Powell deserved better.