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The Jade Mask (1945)

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

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Mantan Moreland ...
Edwin Luke ...
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Walter Meeker
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Harper
Janet Warren ...
Jean Kent
Cyril Delevanti ...
Roth
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 ...
Bellboy
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Storyline

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)  »

Also Known As:

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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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

Harper: Strange safety vault, eh, Roth? Both doors wide open to anyone finding that panel in the hall.
Roth: Like a spider's web, sir. Easy to get into; impossible to get out of.
Harper: [Sarcastically] And I'm the spider, huh?
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not one of my favorite Chans
22 July 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Jade Mask" was made in 1945 and, as was often the case during the war years Charlie Chan movies, there's a McGuffin, some formula or process that will help the war effort. Here, the nutty inventor is paranoid about security so no one in his household knows anything. When he's killed, Chan is brought in, his number four son (Edwin Luke) dragging along behind him.

This film moves slowly, but is brightened by some good dialogue from Sidney Toler and Mantan Moreland, who was always a riot. I know his is a stereotyped character in a way, but in another way, it isn't, as he is treated as an equal by Chan. Frankly without Moreland, a good many of these films would be very boring.


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