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Philo Vance, the infuriatingly brilliant amateur detective created by S. S. Van Dine, hadn't been seen on screen for seven years when PRC decided to launch a new "Philo Vance" series in 1947. William Wright plays the title role in the first entry, Philo Vance Returns, while Alan Curtis would take over the role for the remaining two films. This time around, Vance investigates the murder of a much-married playboy. With so many of the victim's former wives and sweethearts still around and about, Vance has quite a selection of suspects to choose from.

Movie Data


Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 4m

Budget -

Revenue -

Homepage -

Release Information

  • April 14, 1947



Cast 8

  1. William Wright

    William Wright
    Philo Vance

  2. Vivian Austin

    Vivian Austin
    Lorena Blendon Simms (as Terry Austin)

  3. Leon Belasco

    Leon Belasco
    Alexis Karnoff

  4. Clara Blandick

    Clara Blandick
    Stella Blendon

  5. Ramsay Ames

    Ramsay Ames
    Virginia Berneaux

  6. Damian O'Flynn

    Damian O'Flynn
    Larry Blendon

  7. Frank Wilcox

    Frank Wilcox
    George Hullman

  8. Iris Adrian

    Iris Adrian
    Maggie McCarthy Blendon, aka Choo-choo Divine

Crew 1


  1. William Beaudine

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