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Murder Over New York (1940)

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When Charlie's old friend from Scotland Yard is murdered when they attend a police convention in New York, Chan picks up the case he was working on.

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Marjorie Weaver ...
Patricia Shaw
Robert Lowery ...
David Elliott
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George Kirby
Donald MacBride ...
Inspector Vance
Melville Cooper ...
Herbert Fenton
Joan Valerie ...
June Preston
Kane Richmond ...
Ralph Percy
Victor Sen Yung ...
Jimmy Chan (as Sen Yung)
John Sutton ...
Richard Jeffery
Leyland Hodgson ...
Boggs
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Butler
Frederick Worlock ...
Hugh Drake
Lal Chand Mehra ...
Ramullah
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Coincidence like ancient egg, leave unpleasant odour. Canary unlike faithful dog, do not die from sympathy. Number 2 son very promising detective, promise very much, deliver very little. Nut easy to crack if nut empty. Number 2 son like interest on mortgage, impossible to escape. Fresh weed better than wilted rose. Happy solution never see light if truth kept in dark. One man with gun have more authority than whole army with no ammunition. Door of opportunity swing both ways. Wishful thinking sometimes lead to blind alley. Same leopard can hide beneath different spots. Confidence of son like courage of small boy at dentist, most evident after tooth extracted. Written by Alan Smithee

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13 December 1940 (USA)  »

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Charlie Chan in Murder Over New York  »

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

Goofs

Seemingly an hour or so after Drake's body is discovered in his apartment, Charlie gets a toxicology report over the telephone from the city morgue naming the specific poison that was in his body. See more »

Quotes

Jimmy Chan: Come on, Pop. Let's get goin'!
Charlie Chan: Number Two get going to bed.
Jimmy Chan: Oh, but I'm not tired.
Charlie Chan: Fresh weed better than wilted rose.
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"Fresh weed better than wilted rose."
7 March 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

An old friend of Charlie Chan (Sidney Toler) is murdered. Charlie's investigation puts him on the trail of a mysterious man known as Paul Narvo. If he can figure out the identity of Narvo, he can solve the murder. With unwanted help from "Number Two Son" Jimmy, of course.

Fairly routine Charlie Chan mystery. Toler is solid as Charlie and Victor Sen Yung is good fun as Jimmy. Donald MacBride plays the police inspector who would be lost without Charlie's help. The suspects are made up of Ricardo Cortez, Robert Lowery, Melville Cooper, John Sutton, and pretty Joan Valerie. Marjorie Weaver is over-the-top in her performance as a woman who used to be married to Narvo. Also an amusing appearance from Shemp Howard. Not bad but not one of the series' best.


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