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 ...
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)  »

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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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Charlie Chan: Things misplaced sometimes furnish very good clues.
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Follows Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise (1940) See more »

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Okay Chan
17 July 2004 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

This film suffers from a cheapness and lack of decent plotting. Its still worth seeing, especially if you have other films to watch as well.

Concerning the death of yet another inventor Charlie Chan runs around and a round the same three or four sets in what at times amounts to little more than a filmed stage play. Its not bad, just needlessly circular and confused, with a denouncement that seems to indicate that the writers were drinking heavily.

This isn't to say that it's a bad film, its not. Despite my opening remark, this is a film that is frustrating more than anything, especially since the film should work better than it does, but it was undermined by the round about nature forced upon it by cost and script.

6 out of 10.


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