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My life at the movies.

The Greene Murder Case 1929

  • Watched on Thursday Jul 30, 2020 via YouTube (Unknown 360p)
    2 stars (out of 5)

    Disappointing follow-up to The Canary Murder Case has Powell reprising his role as diletante 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. Thankfully, 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.