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Murder Over New York (1940)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 13 December 1940 (USA)
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.



(original screen play), (based on: the character "Charlie Chan" created by)


Complete credited cast:
David Elliott
George Kirby
Inspector Vance
Herbert Fenton
June Preston
Ralph Percy
Jimmy Chan (as Sen Yung)
Richard Jeffery
Leyland Hodgson ...
Frederick Worlock ...
Hugh Drake
Lal Chand Mehra ...


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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Release Date:

13 December 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Charlie Chan in Murder Over New York  »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


At about 56 minutes, one of the characters explains the presence of the gun turret mounts by explaining that they are present on the test plane and will not be used with guns until after the plane passes the tests. See more »


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 »


Charlie Chan: Desire to live still strongest instinct in Man.
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Followed by Charlie Chan in Rio (1941) See more »

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Charlie helps British Intelligence
23 May 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This Charlie Chan mystery is a misnomer. There is no Murder Over New York, but not for lack of trying. And the attempt is made at the climax of the film so that Sidney Toler can get the murderer of three people to give himself away.

Toler and number two son Victor Sen Yung are in New York for a police convention and Toler runs into a former Scotland Yard colleague Frederic Worlock who is on the trail of an international spy. Later on Worlock is found dead. Two other murders are committed.

Note the presence of a lot of Hollywood's British colony here. Some are suspects, some are not. A whole lot of the cast has played villains in other films so that affords you no clue. The ultimate mastermind is someone who has played some incredibly slimy bad guys on screen.

Quite a curve gets tossed us toward the end as all the suspects are put in a plane and are meant to be killed. Of course they're not as Charlie Chan gets his man.

One of the best of the Sidney Toler Chan films.

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