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
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The thirty-seventh of forty-seven Charlie Chan movies. See more »
The key to identifying the murderer is an ear remaining from a broken plaster life-make, reputedly as identifiable as a fingerprint, yet when we earlier see an intact life-mask, the face is precise but the ears are generic globs. See more »
Now that I'm here, Pop, uh, what type of murder have we got and how soon do you wish me to produce the murderer?
Every time you open your mouth you put in more feet than centipede. Remain here and produce nothing but silence.
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The Jade Mask has some nice atmosphere to it but the solution is way too goofy to believe. The plot features Chan trying to solve the murder of a scientist. Several more murders occur along the way. Comic relief is provided by a lawman, Chan's number four son Eddie and Birmingham Brown. Brown plays the typical coward role while Eddie is a little more interesting as he's a Chan son who actually goes to his classes in school. He's still a fumbler in the great tradition, however. Another interesting note, the death masks in the movie are made out of plaster, not jade. Not bad but pretty farfetched.
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