Sunday, June 14, 2015

6/14/192? S.S. Van Dine's first murder

June 14 192?   The Benson Murder Case begins on this date, with the death of the aforesaid Mr. Benson.  It is the first novel written by Willard Huntington Wright, under the name S.S. Van Dine.  Published in 1926, the book made Philo Vance one of the most popular series detectives of the era.  The novel was inspired by the real-life death of Joseph Elwell in 1920.  It was made into   a movie starring William Powell in 1930.

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