A pretty Chinese woman, seeking help from San Francisco detective James Lee Wong, is killed by a poisoned dart in his front hall, having time only to scrawl "Captain J" on a sheet of paper.... See full summary »
This is the Spanish-language version, with a different cast and crew, of the Charlie Chan film Charlie Chan Carries On (1931), in which Charlie sets out to discover the killer of an American found dead in a London hotel room.
Ana María Custodio,
Chinese-American detective Charlie Chan is called in to help solve baffling cases, aided by his #1 son. The first five episodes were filmed in the US, then production switched to the UK for the rest of the series.
Fox filmed a Spanish-language version of this film, using many of the same sets, using a Spanish-speaking cast, and was released under the title Eran Trece (There Were Thirteen). This used many of the same pieces of stock footage as the English-language version and the script was expanded somewhat based on the English-language script. This Spanish-language version is available as a bonus feature on the DVD release of Charlie Chan in Shanghai (1935). See more »
When they take the key out of the dead man's hand (it looks more like a woman's hand in the closeup), the hand has to be forced open but continues to open after the officer stops forcing it as the key and chain are removed. Subsequently, it assumes at least 4 different positions, 2 palm up, 2 palm down between shots. Lots of moving for a dead hand. See more »
(Spanish version) This movie is so badly directed and acted to be embarrassing to all associated with or viewing this movie. It is a complex plot with continuity problems and intentional miscues.
There is some almost extreme overacting, overreacting to situations. I have seen other early movies where the acting was extreme. At least the male actors were not wearing lipstick and eye makeup as with many movies of this era.
In one scene in the telegraph office, a man shoots from between a window and a door through the window. We see only the arm extending from the shooter which places him between the door and window. He shots then "disappears" without going past the door and would have to had duck-walked or crawled under the window. Someone is out the door looking in about 3 seconds. He sees nobody. That's almost impossible. Poor staging! Unbelievable action!! It is watchable but almost laughable without intending to be funny. And so many unresolved red herrings! I would write a synopsis but this is the most confusing story I have seen in a long time. Many plot threads opened and left open for a long time or forever.
I am hoping for a good group-in-a-room ending with lots of explanation to make sense of this mess.
The group scene happened and the villain was caught but, by the end, you won't care much who it was...
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