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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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Complete credited cast:
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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 ...
Arthur Fletcher
Steven Geray ...
Dr. Retling (as Steve Geray)
Lucien Littlefield ...
Gleason
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Storyline

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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This was the last Charlie Chan movie produced by 20th Century Fox Studios, for America's entry into World War II in December 1941, shortly after this movie was filmed, made the studio cut back on film productions for the war effort. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Charlie Chan: Your name is?
Watson King: [With disdain] Watson King. I specialize in minding my own business.
Charlie Chan: Very lonely pasttime.
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One of the more entertaining Chans
18 March 2002 | by (Jacksonville, FL) – See all my reviews

Castle in the Desert is a very entertaining entry in the Charlie Chan series with one of the top settings and some interesting characters. Chan is called to the aptly named castle in the desert to solve the murder of a man by poison. Another murder occurs and Charlie goes about his business. Jimmy also arrives and provides some interesting comic relief. The cast is very good with Douglas Dumbrille and Henry Daniell in supporting roles. There are some fun moments, a great atmosphere in the spooky old house and some good humor. One of the better Chan entries.

6.7/10


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