S.S. Van Dine, the author of the Philo Vance novels, was a very interesting character. He had many attributes in common with his literary creation, including extreme pompousness and aloofness. By the end of his writing career, Van Dine had also lost the ability to plot. There is heavy criticism of Van Dine's last few Philo Vance novels due to the fact that they were jumbled affairs with out-of-this world plots and that could apply directly to this film. The basic outline of the thing is that after a jokey breaks his neck while in a horse race, tensions are high among the owner's family. That night there's shots heard from inside the man's study and soon everyone is wading through a murder mystery. Luckily, Philo Vance (Edmund Lowe) is on hand to help.
Now don't go thinking that this movie is the equivalent of "Plan 9 from Outer Space." It's a fairly entertaining mystery, and the production looks great. Nevertheless, I give "The Garden Murder Case" 2 out of 5 stars. It's the weakest film in the "Philo Vance Murder Case Collection."
Notes: The print available on the DVD is okay. The sound seems a bit distant at times, but the picture quality isn't bad. Overall, it's a nice DVD transfer and beyond that I have nothing more here to say.