Because Charlie Chan plans to return to Honolulu, he no longer needs the services of Birmingham, who gets a job as butler for William and Justine Bonner, two apparently phony psychics who regularly host occult activities in their home. When Charlie's pretty daughter Frances attends a séance out of curiosity, Mr. Bonner is shot, and she becomes an immediate suspect. Charlie postpones his trip home to help with the investigation, which is made problematic when no bullet can be found in the wound and a hypnotized Mrs. Bonner is compelled to commit suicide by jumping off the roof of a downtown building. Written by
The earliest documented telecasts of this film (under its original title) occurred in New York City Thursday 22 April 1948 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Los Angeles Tuesday 12 October 1948 on KTLA (Channel 5) and in Detroit SUnday 7 November 1948 on WJBK (Channel 2); since it was re-scheduled in Los Angeles one week later, Tuesday 19 October 1948, it's possible the originally scheduled telecast failed to take place. In San Francisco television viewers first got a look at it Tuesday 22 November 1949 on KPIX (Channel 5). See more »
When Charlie first declares himself psychic to Sgt. Matthews, we can see the pole held by a stagehand that makes a white handkerchief flutter over Charlie's head. See more »
"One murder. Too many suspects. Too many motives."
Not one of the best in the Charlie Chan series, but still good. Charlie is now seen with is daughter, played by Frances Chan. Unfortunately, she doesn't knows how to act. Her character is not too inspiring either. But Birmingham Brown, played by Mantan Moreland, brings fun to the screen! He sees spooks all around and never wants to be involved... but always is: "this is strictly a private murder to which I wasn't invited". Once again, he makes us laugh with his gimmicks.
Seen at home, in Welland, November 24th, 2001. And again at home, in Toronto, on February 14th, 2007.
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