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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.



(original screen play), (based on: the character "Charlie Chan" created by)
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Marjorie Weaver ...
David Elliott
George Kirby
Donald MacBride ...
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Jimmy Chan (as Sen Yung)
John Sutton ...
Richard Jeffery
Leyland Hodgson ...
Frederick Worlock ...
Hugh Drake
Lal Chand Mehra ...


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13 December 1940 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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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