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Charlie Chan's Secret (1936)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Horror | 10 January 1936 (USA)
The heir to a huge fortune is presumed drowned, then shows up, is then murdered.

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Warren T. Phelps
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Ulrich
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Inspector Morton
Arthur Edmund Carewe ...
Prof. 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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Charlie Chanova skrivnost  »

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This film was first telecast 10 July 1954 in Cincinnati on WLW (Channel 5), and in San Francisco Thursday 25 August 1955 on KRON (Channel 4). Earlier telecasts in Detroit, New York City and Los Angeles have not yet been documented. 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: Necessity mother of invention, but sometimes step-mother of deception.
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A solid entry in the series with excellent supporting players
14 June 2008 | by (San Francisco, California) – See all my reviews

I've worked my way recently through about 10 of the films in the Chan series and this is one of the most compelling I've seen yet -- largely due to the good chemistry between Warner Oland and Henrietta Crosman, who is one of the more memorable of the leading ladies in the series. True, the Chan family is missing -- except when viewed briefly in a photograph at the film's very end -- and the San Francisco location isn't very convincing; it is hard to place the "ancient" house where much of the action takes place in a city where most everything was burnt to the ground in 1906. Nevertheless many of the typically alluring elements of the Chan films are present in full force -- society ladies in long dresses, a shady pair of mediums, séances that come to a screaming end, pitch black scenes in secret rooms, and odd applications of 1930s technology. Jonathan Hale is a welcome presence and the comic relief supplied by Herbert Mundin as the butler stops short of being annoying, which is more than one can say for some of the later entries in the series. All in all quite satisfying.


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