The Kennel Murder Case is a 1933 mystery starring William Powell, Mary Astor, and Eugene Pallette. it tells the story of Philo Vance, accompanied by his prize-losing Scottish terrier, who investigates the locked-room murder of a prominent and much-hated collector whose broken Chinese vase provides an important clue. Philo Vance is a fictional character featured in 12 crime novels written by S. S. Van Dine (the pen name of Willard Huntington Wright), published in the 1920s and 1930s. During that time, Vance was immensely popular in books, movies, and on the radio. This film was released on October 28, 1933.