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Murder Over New York (1940)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Mystery  |  13 December 1940 (USA)
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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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David Elliott
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George Kirby
Donald MacBride ...
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Melville Cooper ...
Herbert Fenton
Joan Valerie ...
Kane Richmond ...
Ralph Percy
Victor Sen Yung ...
Jimmy Chan (as Sen Yung)
John Sutton ...
Richard Jeffery
Leyland Hodgson ...
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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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The aircraft used towards the end is a Lockheed Model 10, similar to that flown by Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan on their last flight. This one has had its NC registration number obliterated, and it appears at one time that it may have been used as a military trainer since it seems to have a gun turret mounting ring installed aft of the cockpit and ahead of the cabin door. See more »

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When Jimmy runs out to tarmac at the airport, to see his pop, Charlie Chan, he ends up standing facing him, with Hugh Drake between them. Then there's a studio shot where Jimmy is standing next to Charlie, not across from him, with Hugh Drake opposite. See more »

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Charlie Chan: Desire to live still strongest instinct in Man.
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It's film history, it's fun, enjoy!
13 September 2003 | by (Azusa, CA) – See all my reviews

Charlie's in New York catching pre-war spies with wise-cracking #2 son, Victor Sen-Yung. They make a delightful team. Yes, it's unfortunate that blacks are stereotyped, but we're certainly intelligent enough to place this within the proper prospective.

As with every Chan film in the 30s & 40s, the film shows Charlie's high sense of family values, and he is accorded respect like no other character in the film as he easily outwits dimwitted white chief detective Don McBride and the others.

Overall, the Chan series are an honorable and respectable part of our film history - and they're fun and entertaining as hell. These films deserve to be seen as often as any other film of the era.

Please pass the popcorn and leave your over-sensitive political correctness at the door. It's show time!


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