MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 7,206 this week

Charlie Chan in the Secret Service (1944)

7.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.0/10 from 1,025 users  
Reviews: 28 user | 7 critic

Charlie Chan is an agent of the U.S. government assigned to investigate the mysterious death of an inventor.

Director:

Writers:

(original screenplay), (characters)
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: October

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in October.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 4338 titles
created 12 Oct 2012
 
list image
a list of 44 titles
created 26 Mar 2013
 
a list of 330 titles
created 09 Jun 2013
 
list image
a list of 3299 titles
created 20 Oct 2013
 
a list of 52 titles
created 3 weeks ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Charlie Chan in the Secret Service (1944)

Charlie Chan in the Secret Service (1944) on IMDb 7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Charlie Chan in the Secret Service.

User Polls

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Charlie discovers a scheme for the theft of government radar plans while investigating several murders.

Director: Phil Rosen
Stars: Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland, Ben Carter
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Charlie Chan investigates the locked-room murder of a chess expert.

Director: Phil Rosen
Stars: Sidney Toler, Joan Woodbury, Mantan Moreland
The Jade Mask (1945)
Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Charlie Chan looks into the apparent murder of a scientist in a spooky mansion.

Director: Phil Rosen
Stars: Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland, Edwin Luke
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Someone is attempting to steal radium stored in a bank. Death by cobra venom connects a number of murders. Charlie investigates.

Director: Phil Karlson
Stars: Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland, Benson Fong
Comedy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4/10 X  

Famous detective Charlie Chan is called out of retirement to help a San Francisco detective solve a mysterious series of murders. With his bumbling grandson as his sidekick, Chan also ... See full summary »

Director: Clive Donner
Stars: Peter Ustinov, Lee Grant, Angie Dickinson
Black Magic (1944)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Charlie searches for a murderer amidst numerous ghosts conjured up by a strange variety of spiritualists and occultists.

Director: Phil Rosen
Stars: Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland, Frances Chan
Adventure | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Seven maps, when found and put together, reveal the location of the treasures of Genghis Khan.

Director: Norman Foster
Stars: Peter Lorre, Thomas Beck, Pauline Frederick
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Chan is faced with suspects in a stolen atomic bomb formula case, that are being killed with bullets that are not fired from a gun.

Director: Phil Rosen
Stars: Sidney Toler, Fortunio Bonanova, Benson Fong
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

On a plane trip, Charlie Chan and the passengers are drugged, and when they wake up a quarter million dollars is missing.

Director: Lesley Selander
Stars: Roland Winters, Keye Luke, Mantan Moreland
Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Charlie is hired to deliver a pearl necklace to a millionaire at his ranch. When murder intervenes he disguises himself as a Chinese servant and begins sleuthing.

Directors: Eugene Forde, George Hadden
Stars: Warner Oland, Drue Leyton, Donald Woods
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Charlie attempts to solve a triple murder in which a dead man's finger prints show up at all three murder sites.

Director: William Beaudine
Stars: Roland Winters, Mantan Moreland, Tim Ryan
Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Chinese-American detective Charlie Chan is called in to help solve baffling cases, aided by his #1 son. The first five episodes were filmed in the US, then production switched to the UK for the rest of the series.

Stars: J. Carrol Naish, James Hong, Rupert Davies
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Mantan Moreland ...
Arthur Loft ...
Inspector Jones, Secret Service
Gwen Kenyon ...
Inez Arranto
Sarah Edwards ...
Mrs. Hargue, Housekeeper
George J. Lewis ...
Paul Arranto (as George Lewis)
Marianne Quon ...
Iris Chan
Benson Fong ...
Tommy Chan
Muni Seroff ...
Peter Laska
Barry Bernard ...
David Blake
Gene Roth ...
Luis Philipe Vega aka Philipe Von Vegan (as Gene Stutenroth)
Eddy Chandler ...
Lewis, Secret Service (as Eddie Chandler)
Lelah Tyler ...
Mrs. Winters
Edit

Storyline

A scientist working on an important new invention which will protect Allied shipping from U-boat torpedoes has been assigned Secret Service security protection. Amazingly, despite the fact that his laboratory and experiments are located on the upper floor of his Washington mansion, he decides to host a cocktail party for friends on the first floor. Even though several of his guests are foreign nationals with shadowy pasts, he refuses to allow his bodyguards to attend because their presence might offend them. When he is killed by unknown means before joining them, the resultant summary investigation includes Honolulu detective Charlie Chan and children Tommy and Iris, later joined by Birmingham Brown, the chauffeur of one of the guests. When a preliminary autopsy reveals the scientist was electrocuted, Charlie and his associates must decide which of the suspects and red herrings is the guilty party. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The screen's most daring sleuth!


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

14 February 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Charlie Chan no Serviço Secreto  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Budget:

$75,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

First film to introduce Mantan Moreland as Birmingham Brown. See more »

Goofs

The electromagnet used to fire the gun, did not affect any other metal objects in the room. See more »

Quotes

Tommy Chan: Hey, Pop.
Charlie Chan: Quiet. Detective at work.
See more »

Connections

Followed by The Return of Charlie Chan (1973) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A Treat For Fans Of Charlie Chan
18 December 2005 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

A house full of guests is the setting for this mystery story, wherein a scientist is murdered. Charlie Chan (Sidney Toler) investigates, along with his two irksome kids. The wonderful Mantan Moreland plays a bug-eyed Birmingham Brown, a role inserted presumably to add comic relief.

This sixty-three minute film contains about fifty minutes of story. The rest is filler, mostly in the film's first half. The story, about a secret WWII torpedo plan, is simple and direct. It's the kind of film I can envision as being typical for a 1940's Saturday afternoon matinée. There's a stage play quality to it, in that most of the scenes take place in three or four rooms. As with other films in the Chan series, the production design here is minimal and cheap looking. The emphasis is on the whodunit puzzle, but that's what counts most for murder mystery fans.

And the script does provide a good puzzle. The killer is camouflaged amid well thought out red herrings, in a way that makes solving the puzzle not real easy.

For Charlie Chan fans, this is one of the better mysteries in the Monogram series. For everyone else, the film has little or nothing to offer.


7 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?