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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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Janice Gage
Herbert Mundin ...
Baxter
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Warren T. Phelps
Egon Brecher ...
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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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Marks the final film appearance of Arthur Edmund Carewe. He would suffer a stroke and ultimately commit suicide in 1937. See more »

Goofs

When Charlie is searching the house while using a flashlight, the beam of light is not from the flashlight, angle is wrong and his wrist is exposed in the beam of light. See more »

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Charlie Chan: Unknown danger like summer lightning - strike when least expected.
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Followed by Dangerous Money (1946) See more »

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Welcome to spooky Colby Mansion
3 April 2006 | by (Derby, England) – See all my reviews

I've just seen Charlie Chan's Secret for the first time and think it is one of the better Chan movies.

In this one, Charlie Chan is sent to Colby Mansion to investigate a murder of one of the Colby family. This place is very spooky with hidden doorways, secret passages and séances. There are quite a few suspects on who the murderer is. Charlie is not helped by any of his sons in this.

This movie is quite spooky throughout and reminds me of The House On Haunted Hill in some parts, though we haven't got Vincent Price in this.

The cast includes Warner Oland as Charlie, who plays the part well as always.

Have a good fright with Charlie Chan's Secret. Excellent.

Rating: 3 stars out of 5.


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