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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.

  1. William Beaudine


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  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

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Philo Vance Returns
Philo Vance Returns


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Status Released

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  • April 14, 1947


Original Language English

Runtime 1h 4m

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