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The Scarlet Clue (1945)

 -  Comedy | Crime | Mystery  -  11 May 1945 (USA)
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Charlie discovers a scheme for the theft of government radar plans while investigating several murders.

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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>

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11 May 1945 (USA)  »

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Charlie Chan in the Scarlet Clue  »

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$75,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Mantan Moreland and real-life nightclub partner Ben Carter (playing himself) recreate two of their nightclub routines. See more »

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Birmingham Brown, Chauffeur: Well, if it ain't, uh...
Ben Carter: Ben Carter's my name.
Birmingham Brown, Chauffeur: Benjamin Carter! Yeah! Boy, it's been a long time. I haven't seen you since...
Ben Carter: Longer than that.
Birmingham Brown, Chauffeur: Yeah?
Ben Carter: The last time I saw you, you was living over...
Birmingham Brown, Chauffeur: Oh, I moved from there.
Ben Carter: Yeah?
Birmingham Brown, Chauffeur: Sure. I moved over to, uh...
Ben Carter: How can you live in that neighborhood?
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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.


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