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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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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 »

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Charlie Chan: Someone would have us believe victim fall eight stories up.
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Follows Dead Men Tell (1941) See more »

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Sidney Toler moves to Monogram for this one...
10 June 2008 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

THE SCARLET CLUE is a fairly interesting Charlie Chan film from the '40s, depending on its humor for the performances of BENSON FONG as #3 son, MANTAN MORELAND as Birmingham Brown and BEN CARTER as Ben Carter. The mysterious deaths of people associated with a radio program that is a front for some sort of radar secrets espionage, is at the heart of the crimes Chan must solve.

SIDNEY TOLER was beginning to show signs of fatigue (he died two years later) and the sets and production values are noticeably reduced from what they were when the Chan films were being made by Fox. During the TCM showing of the film, Robert Osborne mentioned that it was Toler himself who brought the idea of furthering the Chan adventures to another studio after shopping the idea around.

VIRGINIA BRISSAC, JACK NORTON, JANET SHAW and HELEN DEVERELL are among the chief suspects. I recognized Miss Brissac from her performance as the hard of hearing Miss Seiffert from THE SNAKE PIT. She has quite a different role here.

Enjoyable fluff, not one of the best in the Chan series but a respectable enough entry from Monogram.

Favorite line: When son #3 tells his dad that he has an idea but then immediately forgets what he wanted to say, Chan replies: "It's now in solitary confinement."


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