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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)


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


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13 December 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Charlie Chan in Murder Over New York  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film was first telecast in Detroit Monday 7 December 1953 on WXYZ (Channel 7), in New York City Friday 16 April 1954 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Los Angeles Saturday 19 June 1954 on KNBH (Channel 4), and in San Francisco Wednesday 1 June 1955 on KRON (Channel 4). 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: One man with gun have more authority than whole army without ammunition.
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Followed by Castle in the Desert (1942) See more »

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Charlie Chan attends a detective convention in NYC
4 December 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Charlie Chan (Sidney Toler) is full of clever sayings in Murder in New York, from 1940. Also starring is Sen Yung as Jimmy Chan. They make a delightful team. Jimmy shows up unexpectedly while Charlie is in New York to attend a conference. He and a friend of his want to attend the World's Fair.

It's not long before both Chans are on a case, when a friend of Charlie's, a detective, is murdered. Soon they're in the midst of the investigation of a sabotage ring, people being killed by poison gas pellets, an airplane crash, and plenty of suspects. The police ask Charlie to stick around and help. I don't think he gets to his conference, and Jimmy doesn't see the World's Fair, at least not yet.

Donald McBride, Ricardo Cortez, Kane Richmond, Robert Lowery, Marjorie Weaver, and Joan Valerie are all featured.

It's a fair mystery, enlivened by Charlie's witty dialogue. Frankly, any one of these films that has something to do with the war basically have similar plots: sabotage, missing formulas, spies, that type of thing.

Sidney Toler is in good form. I have to say I prefer Warner Oland, who seemed to exhibit more energy and was more upbeat. Toler's humor comes from his sardonic line delivery and good chemistry with the actors. Both brought something special to the role.

Whether the story is bad, good, confusing, whatever, with stereotypes abounding, somehow these films are always enjoyable.

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