The Garden Murder Case (1936)

Director
Edwin L. Marin

Main cast
Edmund Lowe; Virginia Bruce; Benita Hume; Douglas Walton; Nat Pendleton

Genres
Mystery

Description
Urbane detective Philo Vance (Edmund Lowe) solves murders caused by hypnosis.


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