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The Scarlet Clue (1945)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 11 May 1945 (USA)
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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Mantan Moreland and real-life nightclub partner Ben Carter (playing himself) recreate two of their nightclub routines. See more »

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Charlie Chan: I remember you since last time I arrest you. Is six years ago in Singapore, remember?
Cooper: Yeah, I remember.
Charlie Chan: Very great pleasure to arrest you again, Mr. Cooper.
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Follows Charlie Chan's Chance (1932) See more »

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Above Average For Monogram Pictures
2 April 2004 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

Some Charlie Chan movies by Monogram are just wretched. "The Scarlet Clue", however, is fairly well done. Lighting and camera angles make for a suitably mysterious atmosphere. The whodunit puzzle contains a well defined group of suspects. And the script is humorous, both the dialogue between Chan and his son, and the constant jabber of the wonderful Mantan Moreland.

But the film seems terribly dated. The plot, which involves WWII radar secrets in a radio station, is outmoded, and the scientific "equipment" belongs in a museum. Moreover, production values are almost nonexistent. There are some plot holes; and at the end, Chan never tells us how he deduced the identity of the killer.

Overall, for those who enjoy Charlie Chan movies, "The Scarlet Clue" is one of the better ones to watch. Everyone else will probably find this movie lame.




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