The "Canary" in the title is slang for nightclub singer, and the singer is one of the most beautiful women ever to act upon the screen, Louise Brooks. Though sultry and irresistible, Brooks is a vicious and scheming blackmailer who has been padding her bank account with sums from three
wealthy playboys; they would rather pay than have their wives drag them into divorce court. When youthful Hall proposes, Brooks notifies her three victims that she expects a large severance pay from each as wedding gifts. Then she is murdered and Hall is arrested for the killing. Enter Powell as
the indomitable Philo Vance, a smooth, aristocratic sleuth who adroitly ferrets out the r...