|The Westland Case|
|Directed by||Christy Cabanne|
|Screenplay by||Robertson White|
|Based on||Headed for a Hearse|
by Jonathan Latimer
|Music by||Charles Previn|
|Edited by||Otis Garrett|
Crime Club Productions
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
- Preston Foster as Bill Crane
- Frank Jenks as Doc Williams
- Carol Hughes as Emily Lou Martin
- Barbara Pepper as Agatha Hogan
- Astrid Allwyn as Bentine
- Clarence Wilson as Charlie Frazee
- Theodore Von Eltz as Robert Westland
- George Meeker as Richard Bolston
- Russell Hicks as Woodbury
- Selmer Jackson as Warden
In 1937, Universal Pictures made a deal with Crime Club who published whodunnit novels. Universal were granted the right to select four of their yearly published novels to adapt into films. The unit responsible for these films was producer Irving Starr. Eleven films were made in the series between 1937 and 1939. The Westland Case was the first in the series and was based on the Jonathan Latimer novel Headed for a Hearse.
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. These characters would appear in two other films in the series: The Lady in the Morgue and The Last Warning.
The Westland Case was released on October 31, 1937.
- "The Westland Case". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on March 10, 2018. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
- Weaver, Brunas & Brunas 2007, p. 175.
- "The Westland Case". American Film Institute. Retrieved May 15, 2020.
- Weaver, Brunas & Brunas 2007, p. 176.
- Weaver, Brunas & Brunas 2007, p. 177.
- The Westland Case at IMDb
- The Westland Case at the TCM Movie Database
- The Westland Case at the American Film Institute Catalog