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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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Complete credited cast:
Mantan Moreland ...
Ben Carter ...
Benson Fong ...
Virginia Brissac ...
Mrs. Marsh
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


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 <>

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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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1.37 : 1
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Leonard Mudie plays a horror actor called Horace Karlos. Ironically, when Boris Karloff was at Monogram doing his Mr. Wong series, he used a plot device similar to the method of murder utilized here. See more »


Birmingham Brown, Chauffeur: As mad as I am with that man, I hate to think of what I think of him. It makes me blush.
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One of the better post 20th-Century Fox Chans
19 March 2002 | by (Jacksonville, FL) – See all my reviews

The Scarlet Clue is one of the better Chans in the post 20th-Century Fox era and is interesting throughout. Chan tries to solve multiple murders on a dock and radio station. The action is fun and the routine between Mantan Moreland and Ben Carter is hilarious and is one of the highlights of the film. The movie feels a lot like the Abbott and Costello movie Who Done It? which also took place at a radio station. The solution to how two people are poisoned is pretty farfetched and the solution may be obvious to some but a lot of action takes place and Charlie is more active then in other Chan movies. The villain also runs around in a costume which is kind of neat. The script comes together pretty well and the movie has a nice flow. Definitely better then many other post 20th-Century Fox efforts.


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