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
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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.
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