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

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Edwin Luke ...
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Harper
Janet Warren ...
Jean Kent
Cyril Delevanti ...
Al Bridge ...
Sheriff Mack (as Alan Bridge)
Ralph Lewis ...
Officer Jim Kimball
Dorothy Granger ...
Stella Graham
Edith Evanson ...
Louise Harper
Joe Whitehead ...
Dr. Samuel R. Peabody
Henry Hall ...
Inspector Godfrey
Jack Ingram ...
Lloyd Archer
Danny Desmond ...
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Eccentric scientist Harper lives in a spooky mansion with all the trimmings: hidden lab, secret panels, inscrutable butler, and greedy relatives with unusual talents. When Harper seems to be murdered, Charlie Chan (with the uninvited help of No. 4 son) tries to answer such questions as Where's the body? How can a dead man walk? And how can a secret murder be done in full view of detectives and witnesses? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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A MYSTERY MANSION...Where death lurks in every dark corner and a mad genius runs loose!

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Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi

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26 January 1945 (USA)  »

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Charlie Chan in the Jade Mask  »

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$75,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The thirty-seventh of forty-seven Charlie Chan movies. See more »

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Shadow of moving microphone on drapes at the 38:05 mark with Eddie and Birmingham talking. See more »

Quotes

Birmingham Brown: You know what, Eddie? I got a theory on this murder.
Eddie Chan: [chuckles] That's something I'd like to hear.
Birmingham Brown: Yeah? Well listen. Now, the way I figure this thing out, the murderer must be on the inside; so, what we got to do is...
Eddie Chan: What?
Birmingham Brown: Stay outside.
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Spooky Atmosphere
16 October 2006 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

Charlie Chan, played by the inimitable Sidney Toler, plays cat and mouse with a murderer. At a spooky mansion, light and shadows, combined with dreary music and an effective script, create a suitably mysterious atmosphere. The screen story also contains considerable humor.

The acting is generally wooden, except for the performance of the wonderful Mantan Moreland. The film's editing and production values are weak. At one point you can see the shadow of the crew's microphone. But then, Charlie Chan movies, in general, are not known for their high technical quality.

I was disappointed with the solution to the mystery, and that's my main complaint with this film. Still, watching "The Jade Mask" is not a bad way to spend a rainy Sunday afternoon, if your expectations are not too high.


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