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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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Complete credited cast:
Edwin Luke ...
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 ...


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 <>

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A MYSTERY MANSION...Where death lurks in every dark corner and a mad genius runs loose!


Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi





Release Date:

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 »


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 »


Birmingham Brown: You know what, Eddie? I got a theory on this murder.
Eddie Chan: [chuckles] That's something I'd like to hear.
Birmingham Brown: Yeah? Well listen. Now, the way I figure this thing out, the murderer must be on the inside; so, what we got to do is...
Eddie Chan: What?
Birmingham Brown: Stay outside.
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Follows Dead Men Tell (1941) 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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