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The Scarlet Clue (1945)

Approved  |   |  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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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 »

Goofs

After finding the body of Brett, Chang states it was found on the 10th floor. Yet Brett fell down the elevator shaft when the trap door opened under his feet. His body would have been in the elevator well on the bottom floor. See more »

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Charlie Chan: So many fish in fish market, even flower smell same. Much confusion.
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Follows Dead Men Tell (1941) See more »

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I Got a LIFT Out of This Chan Film

Famed detective and government agent Charlie Chan is back again for this Monogram film where Charlie is trailing a suspect who may be involved with plans to steal radar equipment/secrets from our government for foreign spies and who has just killed aboard a ship. Chan and detective friend trace suspect back to a radio show and from there on Charlie helps at least three more people get killed with his investigation. This is an interesting Chan vehicle and gives Sidney Toler plenty of screen time to hone his Chan skills. Benson Fong and Mantan Moreland are back once again and lift the mundane to the amusing with their comic routines. Moreland, again, steals his scenes and gives the film a lot of vitality it would otherwise not have. I particularly like a couple of routines he does in the film with a guy he knows and neither one lets the other finish the sentence. The comic timing was first-rate! As for the mystery, it is not too terribly confusing though when the end is told no real explanation as to why and who did crimes is revealed fully. I enjoyed many of the characterizations of the show people. I thought the means of death were very inventive, and I loved the whole thing with the elevator. Very clever.


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