MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 5,997 this week

The Scarlet Clue (1945)

 -  Comedy | Crime | Mystery  -  11 May 1945 (USA)
7.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.0/10 from 837 users  
Reviews: 29 user | 6 critic

Charlie discovers a scheme for the theft of government radar plans while investigating several murders.

Director:

Writers:

(original screenplay), (based on the character created by)
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb at Comic-Con 2014

Follow our coverage of Comic-Con 2014, direct from San Diego July 23-27 in our Comic-Con section.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 40 titles
created 25 Jun 2011
 
a list of 22 titles
created 27 Feb 2012
 
a list of 40 titles
created 07 Apr 2012
 
a list of 536 titles
created 21 Apr 2012
 
a list of 853 titles
created 1 week ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Scarlet Clue (1945)

The Scarlet Clue (1945) on IMDb 7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Scarlet Clue.

User Polls

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

When a prominent official is murdered at a banquet honoring Charle Chan, the detective and son Lee team up to expose an opium-smuggling ring.

Director: James Tinling
Stars: Warner Oland, Irene Hervey, Jon Hall
Comedy | Musical | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A dangerous amnesiac escapes from an asylum, hides in the opera house, and is suspected of getting revenge on those who tried to murder him 13 years ago.

Director: H. Bruce Humberstone
Stars: Warner Oland, Boris Karloff, Keye Luke
Comedy | Crime | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

While investigating the theft of antiquities from an ancient tomb excavation , Charlie discovers that the body of the expedition's leader concealed inside the mummy's wrappings.

Director: Louis King
Stars: Warner Oland, Pat Paterson, Thomas Beck
Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Eve Mannering realizes too late that her abusive husband is a philanderer and murderer and seeks protection with her true love, explorer John Beetham.

Director: Irving Cummings
Stars: Warner Baxter, Lois Moran, Gilbert Emery
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Hired to investigate forged bonds, Charlie is thwarted by the murder of his undercover agent, but the arrival of son Lee helps him uncover the true culprits.

Directors: Lewis Seiler, Hamilton MacFadden
Stars: Warner Oland, Mary Brian, Thomas Beck
My Reputation (1946)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A recent widow meets an army major while skiing and despite pressures from friends and family becomes romantically involved with him.

Director: Curtis Bernhardt
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, George Brent, Warner Anderson
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The unsolved murder of a Hollywood actor several years earlier and an enigmatic psychic are the keys to help Charlie solve the Honolulu stabbing death of a beautiful actress.

Director: Hamilton MacFadden
Stars: Warner Oland, Sally Eilers, Bela Lugosi
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

When Prohibition ends, the mobsters move into the "protection" racket. Those who do not pay are knocked off. Small town reporter Ruth wants a job at the big city paper, but the editor will ... See full summary »

Director: Errol Taggart
Stars: Stuart Erwin, Paul Kelly, Florence Rice
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Charlie attempts to solve a triple murder in which a dead man's finger prints show up at all three murder sites.

Director: William Beaudine
Stars: Roland Winters, Mantan Moreland, Tim Ryan
Comedy | Crime | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Charlie Chan and his two eldest sons, investigate a murderous gang who is forcing an archaeologist to search for a treasure in Mexico.

Director: William Beaudine
Stars: Roland Winters, Keye Luke, Mantan Moreland
Certificate: Passed Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Vacuum-cleaner salesmen Homer "Jeeter" Smith and "Breezy" Jones are accidentally inducted into the army, and "Jeeter", who can sell anything, immediately begins to try and convince, Colonel... See full summary »

Director: Lewis Seiler
Stars: Jimmy Durante, Phil Silvers, Jane Wyman
Right Cross (1950)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Prizefighter Johnny is in love with his promoter O'Malley's daughter Pat. His best friend, sports reporter Rick, is also in love with her but knows that she loves Johnny. Lonely Rick takes ... See full summary »

Director: John Sturges
Stars: June Allyson, Dick Powell, Ricardo Montalban
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Mantan Moreland ...
Ben Carter ...
Himself
Benson Fong ...
Virginia Brissac ...
Robert Homans ...
Capt. Flynn (as Robert E. Homans)
Jack Norton ...
Willie Rand
Janet Shaw ...
Gloria Bayne
Helen Deverell ...
Diane Hall (as Helen Devereaux)
Victoria Faust ...
Hulda Swenson / Janet Carter
Edit

Storyline

Charlie Chan investigates the theft of government radar papers (the laboratory is located in the same building as a radio station!) with the help of Number Three Son Tommy and comic sidekick Birmingham Brown. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

11 May 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Charlie Chan in the Scarlet Clue  »

Box Office

Budget:

$75,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

At one point at the TV station, Sidney Toler appears to have actually gotten shocked, albeit accidentally, by a cyclometer, ad-libbing " . . . also keep finger out of same" in response. See more »

Quotes

Birmingham Brown, Chauffeur: [at the police station] If he ain't a black market man, my name ain't Birmingham - and I can prove it is.
Tommy Chan: He's right. That man's business is as dark as a...
[looking for something dark to point at]
Birmingham Brown, Chauffeur: It ain't exactly THAT dark.
See more »

Connections

Follows Charlie Chan in Reno (1939) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Good mystery, run of the mill Chan
25 July 2004 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

The mystery begins as Chan tracks a murderer across country to a radio/tv station. Once on the scene murder murders occur and Charlie, his son and Birmingham Brown almost meet their end in a rather novel way.

This reminds me of the great Frankie Darro/Mantan Moreland film Up in the Air which concerns murder in a radio station. That film moves better than this one in many ways since it never gets side tracked with the sleuthing of Number Three Son. Still this one has some novel twists in the means of murdering someone which keep this a watchable film.

I'm not entirely happy with the denouncement since events not long before it prove that the filmmakers were far from being fair.

Still for all its flaws its an enjoyable movie, especially with Moreland and his night club partner "not" saying anything

6 out of 10.


5 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Scarlet Clue (1945) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?