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Release Date:
26 January 1945 (USA) See more »
A MYSTERY MANSION...Where death lurks in every dark corner and a mad genius runs loose! See more »
Charlie Chan looks into the apparent murder of a scientist in a spooky mansion. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Sidney Toler ... Charlie Chan

Mantan Moreland ... Birmingham Brown
Edwin Luke ... Eddie Chan

Hardie Albright ... Walter Meeker

Frank Reicher ... Harper

Janet Warren ... Jean Kent
Cyril Delevanti ... Roth

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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Breen ... Police Officer (uncredited)

Lester Dorr ... Michael Strong (uncredited)

Directed by
Phil Rosen 
Writing credits
George Callahan (original screenplay)

Earl Derr Biggers (character)

Produced by
James S. Burkett .... producer
Original Music by
Dave Torbett 
Cinematography by
Harry Neumann (director of photography)
Film Editing by
John C. Fuller 
Set Decoration by
Vin Taylor 
Production Management
William Strohbach .... production manager (as Wm. Strohbach)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eddie Davis .... assistant director
Sound Department
Tom Lambert .... sound recordist
Music Department
Edward J. Kay .... musical director
Edward J. Kay .... composer: original theme (uncredited)
Other crew
Dave Milton .... technical director
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Charlie Chan in the Jade Mask" - USA (informal title)
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66 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Australia:PG | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (video)

Did You Know?

This film received its earliest documented telecasts in New York City Thursday 8 July 1948 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Los Angeles Thursday 13 October 1949 on KTLA (Channel 5), and in San Francisco Tuesday 6 December 1949 on KPIX (Channel 5).See more »
Boom mic visible: Shadow of moving microphone on drapes at the 38:05 mark with Eddie and Birmingham talking.See more »
Birmingham Brown:Well, move over troubles - here we come again!See more »
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Featured in The Slanted Screen (2006)See more »


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15 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
A Strange Chan Flick; Not Bad Until The Ending, 8 September 2006
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

This is one of the strangest Charlie Chan films I've even seen, probably because many of the suspects were so weird. That, and the building in which most of the action takes place - with all its secret and motorized panels - is odd to see.

The story: an unpopular family member-scientist, "Dr. Harper," (Frank Reicher) has developed a chemical that makes wood as strong as steel. Our government could use this, especially in time of war, so they are obviously concerned when the scientist is found murdered. They call on Charlie Chan to help solve the case and get the formula. Charlie winds up getting help from his Number Four Son "Eddie," someone I never saw in any other Chan films. He was the bespectacled "intellectual" son in the family and another likable Chan.

Anyway, someone is after the formula - for the money it could bring them - and is culprit is probably from the big family where the doctor was working. All of these people are portrayed as guilty-looking so the audience has a hard time figuring out who's the killer.

The "whodunnit" is wrapped up in the end with a gathering of everyone while Chan explains his discoveries. That was the only problem with the film: the ending was unsatisfying and bit unrealistic.

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