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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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Cast

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Brenda Hartford
Richard Derr ...
Carl Detheridge
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Paul 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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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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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

Lily, Mme. Saturnia: There's death out in that desert.
Jimmy Chan: Huh? What do you mean? I mean how do you know?
Lily, Mme. Saturnia: The stars! They see everything!
Jimmy Chan: In the daytime?
Lily, Mme. Saturnia: [With disdain] No, at night!
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Followed by Black Magic (1944) See more »

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A desert delight
29 June 2000 | by (Panama City, Panama) – See all my reviews

by far one of the better Chan films with Sidney Toler.It's filled with some nice surprises, a touch of chamber music, and familiar faces.Good acting for this type of film, the direction stood out (as opposed to Chan movies that would follow), but a flawed script that left some questions unresolved. Overall a good movie!


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