The Bishop Murder Case (film)

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The Bishop Murder Case
Directed by David Burton
Nick Grinde
Written by S.S. Van Dine
Screenplay by Lenore J. Coffee
Based on The Bishop Murder Case
Starring Basil Rathbone
Leila Hyams
Roland Young
Music by William Axt
Cinematography Roy F. Overbaugh
Edited by William LeVanway
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
January 3, 1930 (1930-01-03)
Running time
88 min.
Country United States
Language English

The Bishop Murder Case is a 1930 mystery film directed by Nick Grinde, starring Basil Rathbone, Leila Hyams and Roland Young. Nine years before his role of Sherlock Holmes, Basil Rathbone essayed the character of S.S. Van Dyne's detective Philo Vance. S.S. Van Dyne's novel, The Benson Murder Case in 1926 success spawned 11 subsequent Vance novels.[1]

Plot summary[edit]

"The Bishop" plots his killings in the systematic manner of a chess game, and tips off each of his crimes by sending the police cryptic messages in the form of Mother Goose rhymes.[2]



Roland Young jokingly refers to Basil Rathbone's character as Sherlock Holmes, nine years before Rathbone would first play the famous detective.


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