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The Casino Murder Case

The Casino Murder Case(1935)

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This film was the ninth in the Philo Vance murder-mystery series. According to contemporary sources, M-G-M originally planned this picture as a Myrna Loy and William Powell "starrer," but Powell refused the assignment, announcing that he was tired of playing Philo Vance. Hollywood Reporter pre-production news items noted that after M-G-M dropped plans to cast Otto Kruger in the lead, the studio began negotiations with Columbia to borrow Fred Keating for the part. Following this, a Daily Variety pre-production news item indicated that the studio had failed in its negotiations for Warren William to play the lead, and that Ricardo Cortez was likley to get the part. Two weeks prior to the commencement of production, Hollywood Reporter announced that Paul Lukas and Edward Brophy had been set to take over the male leads from William Powell and Eugene Pallette respectively. Brophy was later replaced by Ted Healy. Another Hollywood Reporter pre-production news item noted that Alison Skipworth was borrowed from Paramount to play the part of Mrs. Llewellyn, which was originally set for Constance Collier. Collier reportedly decided to back out of the production because her role in Shadow of a Doubt (see below) was too similar to that of "Mrs. Llewellyn," and because production on that film would end too late for her to break between films.
       In her autobiography, Rosalind Russell is quoted as saying that The Casino Murder Case was "so bad, and I was so bad in it." For more information on the films featuring the "Philo Vance" character, consult the Series Index and for The Kennel Murder Case.