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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This is a brief and entertaining Charlie Chan picture, starring the second and probably best Chan Sidney Toler. The story involves an eccentric inventor who has a new formula that will revolutionize a war industry. It seems that no one likes him including every member of his household. Naturally, he is killed, and Charlie Chan must figure out who did the dirty deed. This film was produced by Monogram Pictures near the end of the Chan series. It is a neat little story and has some wonderful lines spoken by Chan to his manservant Birmingham Brown and his number Four son, played by Edwin Luke. Mantan Moreland is wonderful as Brown bringing to the role some needed comic relief.
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