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'The Greene Murder Case' (1929 film)

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  • miketooney49
    The Outlook, September 11, 1929, The Movies, by A. M. Sherwood, Jr.: THE EXPLOITS of the
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      'The Outlook,' September 11, 1929, "The Movies,"
      by A. M. Sherwood, Jr.:


      "THE EXPLOITS of the incredibly elegant Philo Vance have
      always intrigued this department, albeit Mr. Vance's personal
      habits of speech and demeanor have often caused us to froth
      slightly at the mouth. We attended the all talking picturization
      of 'The Greene Murder Case' beset by a mild preliminary
      wonder as to how far Mr. William Powell would go in his
      impersonation of this amazin' detective and fearing, let us
      add, the worst.

      "Conceive, then, our relief when Mr. Powell appeared on
      the screen quietly and correctly garbed and proceeded
      with his lines in similar fashion. Not once did Philo Vance
      unlimber the frightful word 'amazin',' nor did he address
      Sergeant Heath as 'Sergente Mio.' He did not once inform
      his friend, District Attorney F. X. Markham, that he (Vance)
      had been unable to give thought to the mystery in hand,
      because of his attendance the previous evening at a
      perfectly rippin' lecture on the Minor Poets of Cinquecento.

      "The admirable restraint thus exhibited by Mr. Powell and
      Bartlett Cormack, writer of the dialogue, provided just so
      much velvet to this spectator and did much to counter-
      balance the indubitable dullness of 'The Greene Murder
      Case' as a detective movie.

      "A detective movie should be equipped either with a
      certain amount of thrill and suspense; with a clever
      exposition of the crime-detection principles involved,
      or with both. 'The Greene Murder Case' can be sat
      through without active distaste, but it is decidedly
      humdrum -- particularly when and if compared to the
      gruesome novel from which it derives.

      "But there is a competent cast and effective settings
      and it can by no means be said that the picture lacks
      touches of interest. If nothing more exciting is in a
      way to interfere, such as a pulse-quickening bout at
      anagrams, you may take this photoplay in, and no
      harm done."

      See also:


      Van Dine filmography: <http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0886597/>

      Original novel (1928):




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