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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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George Kirby
Donald MacBride ...
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Herbert Fenton
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Ralph Percy
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Richard Jeffery
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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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Charlie asks Jimmy to identify a chemical smell. Jimmy, only an undergraduate student, immediately recognizes the smell of a poison gas invented only months before and gives his father background information on it. See more »

Quotes

Charlie Chan: [to Patricia] Eye easily deceived. Same leopard can hide behind different spots.
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Fairly Typical Charlie Chan Movie
5 March 2010 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

As he unmasks the murderer at the film's end, Charlie Chan (Sidney Toler) looks directly at the killer and says: "Desperate attempt to silence ... reveal you to be head of sabotage ring". It's the standard whodunit ending, with all the suspects gathered together in one room. I correctly identified the murderer, but before that person is revealed, a plot twist kept me on edge.

For a Chan movie, the story here, which involves WWII espionage, poisonous gas, and warplanes, is reasonably interesting, though predictably implausible. There's just the right number of suspects, all of whom are well defined. Efforts at suspense are a bit hokey.

And Chan, as usual, seems to be able to make correct deductions based on the flimsiest of clues. Indeed, for the viewer, the best way to solve the case is to use intuition. Logical clues are few and far between. The film's weak link is the presence of Chan's annoying son, Jimmy. Overall acting is a tad exaggerated, especially at the end.

A fairly typical story in the Chan series, "Murder Over New York" is worth watching if one is a whodunit or Charlie Chan buff. Most other viewers will find the story too implausible, too thin and insubstantial.


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