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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
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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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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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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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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

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

Followed by Dark Alibi (1946) See more »

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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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