The Westland Case

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The Westland Case
Film poster
Directed by Christy Cabanne
Screenplay byRobertson White [1]
Based on Headed for a Hearse
by Jonathan Latimer
Produced by
Cinematography Ira Morgan [1]
Edited by Otis Garrett [1]
Music by Charles Previn [1]
Crime Club Productions [1]
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
  • October 31, 1937 (1937-10-31)
Running time
63 minutes
CountryUnited States [1]

The Westland Case is a 1937 American mystery film directed by Christy Cabanne and starring Preston Foster, Frank Jenks, and Carol Hughes.




In 1937, Universal Pictures made a deal with the Crime Club who published whodunnit novels. [2] Universal were granted the right to select four of their yearly published novels to adapt into films. [2] The unit responsible for these films was producer Irving Starr. [2] Eleven films were made in the series between 1937 and 1939. [3] The Westland Case was the first in the series and was based on the Jonathan Latimer novel Headed for a Hearse . [4]

The first films in the series featured Preston Foster as Bill Crane and Frank Jenks as Doc Williams were cast as the wisecracking New York city detectives. [4] These characters would appear in two other films in the series: The Lady in the Morgue and The Last Warning . [4] [5]


The Westland Case was released on October 31, 1937. [4]

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  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 "The Westland Case". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on March 10, 2018. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
  2. 1 2 3 Weaver, Brunas & Brunas 2007, p. 175.
  3. "The Westland Case". American Film Institute. Retrieved May 15, 2020.
  4. 1 2 3 4 Weaver, Brunas & Brunas 2007, p. 176.
  5. Weaver, Brunas & Brunas 2007, p. 177.


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