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Charlie Chan's Secret (1936)

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The heir to a huge fortune is presumed drowned, then shows up, is then murdered.

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Rosina Lawrence ...
Charles Quigley ...
Henrietta Crosman ...
Henrietta Lowell
Edward Trevor ...
Fred Gage
Astrid Allwyn ...
Janice Gage
Herbert Mundin ...
Baxter
Jonathan Hale ...
Warren T. Phelps
Egon Brecher ...
Ulrich
Gloria Roy ...
Carlotta
Ivan Miller ...
Morton
Arthur Edmund Carewe ...
Professor Bowen (as Arthur Edmund Carew)
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An ocean liner sinks off Honolulu and Allen Colby, heir to millions, is presumed dead...but local sleuth Charlie Chan is not so sure, and flies to San Francisco to investigate further. Somehow, the missing Colby is there ahead of him...but is knifed in the back before seeing anyone. Further events revolve around spiritualist Mrs. Lowell, her family of suspicious characters, and the spooky, untenanted Colby mansion, where the body turns up during a seance! Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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San Francisco is the scene of Chan's newest and most baffling mystery!


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10 January 1936 (USA)  »

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Charlie Chans Geheimnis  »

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The thirteenth of forty-seven Charlie Chan movies. See more »

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When the camera dollies back from Charlie working with his forensic kit, its shadow can be clearly seen. See more »

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Charlie Chan: Boy Scout knife like lady's hairpin - have many uses.
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Far from typical Charlie Chan Mystery is also one of the better entries
24 October 2009 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

More serious Chan story has the detective going it alone as he tries to solve the mystery of a missing heir. The mystery becomes a question of murder in short order and the detective tries to find the killer before he is the next victim.

Atypical Chan is undeservedly forgotten, even by me. I remember the film not because of what it is, a cracking good mystery, rather because of what its not, a film with little humor and no of his kids to help him. Its a wonderful change of pace that marked a break from the formula that would dominate most of the films in the series. The film also has one of the best mysteries, as in the plot of what is really going on, in the entire 40 plus film series.. Closer in a way to the darkness of some of the later films, this is one of the Chans thats really is perfect for a dark and rainy night. Recommended


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