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Castle in the Desert (1942)

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Charlie Chan investigates apparent poisonings at a mystery mansion in the Mojave Desert.

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Arleen Whelan ...
Brenda Hartford
Richard Derr ...
Carl Detheridge
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Manderley (as Douglas Dumbrille)
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Watson King
Edmund MacDonald ...
Walter Hartford
Victor Sen Yung ...
Jimmy Chan (as Sen Yung)
Lenita Lane ...
Lucy Manderley
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Madame Saturnia
Milton Parsons ...
Fletcher
Steven Geray ...
Dr. Retling (as Steve Geray)
Lucien Littlefield ...
Gleason
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Paul Manderley, eccentric historian, and his wife, descendant of the Borgias, live in an isolated castle-like mansion in the Mojave Desert. When a guest suddenly collapses, Charlie Chan is invited to stay. As the standard mystery-mansion props come into play, and all means of outside communication are sabotaged, it becomes evident that one of the inhabitants has access to poisons and is prepared to use them... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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...a poison arrow whizzes past... as Charlie Chan opens the gate to his most baffling adventure!


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27 February 1942 (USA)  »

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The exterior of the hotel would later be dressed as the saloon for The Ox-Bow Incident (1943). See more »

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The supposed statue of a Medieval executioner sways momentarily, revealing the statue as an actor. See more »

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Dr. Retling: They say poison is a woman's weapon.
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22 April 2000 | by (greensburg,pa) – See all my reviews

My opinion is this is one of the best in the Chan series. It has a good story that is written well. The cast is great with some wonderful character actors. I think the production quality is a little better than other Chan films. One thing that stands out are lighting and camera angles. They create an ambiance of suspense.


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