The Westland Case (1937)

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A detective must solve a case where a girl was murdered in a room--and all the doors and windows were locked from the inside.

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  • Preston Foster, Carol Hughes, Frank Jenks, and Theodore von Eltz in The Westland Case (1937)
  • Preston Foster in The Westland Case (1937)
  • Ward Bond, Astrid Allwyn, Preston Foster, Carol Hughes, Thomas E. Jackson, Barbara Pepper, and Theodore von Eltz in The Westland Case (1937)
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26 October 2015 | Michael_Elliott
The First of Universal's Crime Club Series
The Westland Case (1937)

** (out of 4)

Robert Westland is in prison and set to die in a matter of days when private detective Bill Crane (Preston Foster) decides to take his case. Westland's wife was found murdered inside her apartment with all the doors and windows locked. There were only two keys with one on the inside and the other with her husband.

THE WESTLAND CASE was the first of eight Crime Club films that would be produced at Universal in a very quick period. This was the first in the series that I've watched and I must admit that I was really letdown by it, although I've read that it's one of the weakest in the series. I think the biggest problem is the fact that the screenplay really isn't all that memorable and in fact I'd argue that it really isn't any better than some of the detective films from the poverty row companies.

I think the biggest problem is in fact the screenplay, which doesn't give us an interesting case and it certainly doesn't give us any interesting characters. The Crane character really isn't any different than a dozen other detectives out there during this era and he certainly doesn't put himself up there with the best known. Even worse are the supporting members who don't add much of anything. Throw in some rather weak humor and you've got all the elements for a rather bland film.

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