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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The earliest documented telecasts of this film occurred in the New York City area Sunday 2 May 1948 on WCBS (Channel 2) and in Los Angeles Tuesday 16 November 1948 on KTLA (Channel 5). See more »
The mounted gargoyle head in the scientist's lab is able to swivel, following Birmingham's movements due to photo-electric sensor, yet when knocked over in gunfire, it's shown to be constructed on a simple wooden mount (a pole with a circular base) with no wiring involved whatsoever. See more »
"Anyone else wants to nominate self as the discoverer of body"
Not the best Charlie Chan, but sill enjoyable. The short running time of just 64 minutes is a plus. It doesn't take long (not more than 5 minutes) to be in the ambiance. A murder has been committed, nobody leaves the house. Charlie is on his way and his power of deduction will be on display. There's a sense of déjà-vu with the setting and the plot, but Charlie's funny remarks make for a good watch: "Dead man's actions still need explanation". In this one, we learn that Charlie has 14 kids! Son #3 and daughter #2 appear in this movie. Good comic relief from Mantan Moreland in his first appearance of the series. He's good but he'll be better in future films. A drawback: the actors sometimes look like they forgot their lines.
Seen at home, in Toronto, on February 25th, 2005.
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