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 »
You see? That's the way to solve crime. Fast work and especially fast questioning.
If anybody want to live around here they got to do some fast runnin'.
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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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