The film in currently unavailable for viewing, but a script survives. It bears the date 23 December, 1930. 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 »
Although not a big Charlie Chan fan, I do find the films entertaining. Having seen most of them, I tried to find this film anywhere I could. However, I am now convinced this film is lost. After all, Leonard Maltin states that it no longer exists, which is sad, because this film is said to be the one that really launched the series and really caught on with the public. Perhaps a print will be found someday, we can only hope.
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