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Charlie Chan in the Secret Service (1944)

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



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Complete credited cast:
Arthur Loft ...
Gwen Kenyon ...
Inez Arranto
Sarah Edwards ...
Mrs. Hargue
Paul Arranto (as George Lewis)
Marianne Quon ...
Iris Chan
Tommy Chan
Muni Seroff ...
Peter Laska
Barry Bernard ...
David Blake
Gene Roth ...
Luis Philipe Vega (as Gene Stutenroth)
Eddy Chandler ...
Lewis (as Eddie Chandler)
Lelah Tyler ...
Mrs. Winters


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


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Charlie Chan: You are David Blake, D.P.E. What does that stand for, please?
David Blake: Department of Political Economy. If you read your newspapers, you'd know more about me.
Charlie Chan: I, uh, know what columnists say about you in morning paper: Quote, "What David Blake does not know about political economy would fill many books," unquote.
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"Anyone else wants to nominate self as the discoverer of body"
26 February 2005 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

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.

71/100 (**)

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