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Castle in the Desert (1942)

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

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Brenda Hartford
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Carl Detheridge
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Paul Manderley (as Douglas Dumbrille)
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Watson King
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Walter Hartford
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Jimmy Chan (as Sen Yung)
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Lucy Manderley
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Madame Saturnia
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Arthur Fletcher
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Dr. Retling (as Steve Geray)
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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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Charlie Chan in Castle in the Desert  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Trivia

The film was completed in 1941 and bears a 1941 copyright statement, even though its actual copyright date and release date is February 1942. See more »

Goofs

Paul Manderley, supposedly an expert on the Italian Rennaissance, mispronounces Cesare Borgia's first name, making it sound like Caesar as in Julius Caesar. See more »

Quotes

Charlie Chan: Guilty conscience like dog in circus - many tricks.
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Connections

Followed by The Feathered Serpent (1948) See more »

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Well done!
2 June 2001 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

Good movie set in the Mojave desert. One of the best Chan movie with Sidney Toler. The ambiance for suspense is nicely set in a castle in the middle of nowhere. And there's always that famous phrase: «One of us is a murderer». I just love it when they say that!

The acting is good. Victor Sen Yung is funny as Number 2 son and I also liked the fortune teller lady. She was adding some fun to the movie.

One quote: «What I'd like now is the relaxation of a good murder case»! (Jimmy Chan to his father)

In all, an entertaining movie.

Out of 100, I gave it 78. That's good for **½ on a **** star rating system. Seen at home in Welland, June 2nd, 2001. Marko Roy.


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