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

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Harper
Janet Warren ...
Jean Kent
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Sheriff Mack (as Alan Bridge)
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Stella Graham
Edith Evanson ...
Louise Harper
Joe Whitehead ...
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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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This film received its earliest documented telecasts in New York City Thursday 8 July 1948 on WCBS (Channel 2) and in Los Angeles Thursday 13 October 1949 on KTLA (Channel 5). See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Eddie Chan: You see? That's the way to solve crime. Fast work and especially fast questioning.
Birmingham Brown: If anybody want to live around here they got to do some fast runnin'.
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Followed by The Scarlet Clue (1945) See more »

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To do whatever evil is planned
28 January 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Eccentric and rich scientist Frank Reicher is working on a poison gas formula and he's got the usual collection of servants, relatives, and colleagues in his mansion. That mansion also contains a room where Reicher does his work, keeps his secrets, and can only be opened or closed with a voice command. Should someone not authorized get in, good chance they'll trip a trap that will lock them in and kill them with poison gas.

Despite all this security Reicher winds up murdered and in a most exotic way. Before this Charlie Chan film is concluded four more victims will die. And they'll die in the same exotic way most of them. The method I won't reveal because it's way too good.

Sidney Toler plays the all wise Charlie Chan in this and despite help from number 4 son Edward Luke and Mantan Moreland, Toler solves the case. As for the title, where Jade comes in I don't know, but life masks are an integral part of the case allowing the murderer to whatever evil is planned.

For a Monogram Picture,The Jade Mask wasn't too bad and Charlie is at the top of his game.


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