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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The Jade Mask is another highly enjoyable Charlie Chan entry from Monogram Pictures
This is my ninth review of a Charlie Chan movie in series chronological order on these consecutive days. In this one, a scientist working for the government is murdered in his house. As usual, Charlie rounds up the suspects there...Instead of his usual "No. 2 Son" Jimmy, Chan has "No. 4 Son" Eddie (or Edward as he prefers to be called) on board assisting him. He is played by Edwin Luke, younger brother of "No. 1 Son" Lee who was played by Keye Luke in the earlier Warner Oland entries. Unlike the other Chan sons, this one is not so bumbling since he wears glasses and is a bit intellectual though he's also not as charismatic. Good thing there's still Mantan Moreland's Birmingham Brown to provide the charms especially since his "scared stiff" stereotyped role is a little subdued though he does provide a quite funny ending due to that. Another funny comic relief character is provided by the slow talking Sheriff Mack who provides his own wisecracks when talking to Chan and is played by Alan Bridges who I just found out here is another player from my favorite movie, It's a Wonderful Life, as he played another sheriff that was supposed to arrest George Bailey. Anyway, I very much liked this Chan entry, even the reveal of the murderer at the end, so on that note, I highly recommend The Jade Mask.
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