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1933 Movie set with fantastastic collection of Asian pieces
This is my first post here...
I just had to share this 1933 movie because of the amazing collection of Asian porcelain, sculptures and other objects d'arte that it features in its main set. It is The Kennel Murder Case, featuring Dick Powell as detective Philo Vance and, while the plot may be a little thin, the luxurious collection of Asian eye candy is anything but. It was on A&E this morning, but shouldn't be too hard to find elsewhere. If you can find it, I highly recommend watching it. Fair warning: some pieces do get broken but, hopefully they are just props.
All the best,
I found a link on YouTube for this movie, but the reproduction quality is poor. At any rate, here it is:
The most comprehensive views of the pieces on this set begin around 45:14 into the film, although there is a smattering of interesting objects throughout. The nice thing about watching on YouTube, is the ability to freeze the frame for a better look.
Unfortunately, there are also some racial slurs, in the film, that I should warn of... perhaps acceptable in 1933, but certainly not today.
Show me that vase base again Philo. I loved William Powell as Nick Charles, but Philo is new to me. All his suspects look guilty. Thank you.
Welcome, Laura and thank you. I shall have a look at that later. 😊
P.S. Yes, welcome to the forum, I wish I had that tall floor vase that Philo touches, even if it was a prop. Maybe Republic period was so reasonable in 1933, they just sent the set designer out shopping.
@sharonp Thank you, Sharon for the kind welcome 🙂
I agree that all the suspects look guilty, and got a laugh out of the moment when each was featured in a cameo shot looking as guilty as possible, lol. And that floor vase? That was an "Oh my!" moment for me.
@julia Thank you, Julia, for the warm welcome 🙂
I do hope you have a chance to watch the film... along with the lovely pieces adorning the set, the plot is a bit of a hoot.
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