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The Shanghai Cobra (1945)

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Someone is attempting to steal radium stored in a bank. Death by cobra venom connects a number of murders. Charlie investigates.

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Addison Richards ...
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Janet Warren ...
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When three employees of a bank are found murdered with cobra venom, Charlie Chan connects the homicides to a case he had worked in Shanghai in 1937. Even though he arrested the alleged murderer, whom later escaped from the police, Charlie wouldn't be able to recognize him because, at the time of his apprehension, his badly burned face and hands were swathed in bandages. Although Chan believes he is now involved with a gang that is stealing valuable radium from a bank vault, utilizing tunnels that connect to the area sewer system, his new identity remains a mystery. When a detective disguised as a bank guard is found dead in a tunnel by Birmingham, Charlie knows he's on the right track. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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29 September 1945 (USA)  »

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Charlie Chan in the Shanghai Cobra  »

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

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Quotes

Bradford Harris: [annoyed] Visitors are supposed to be announced!
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Another satisfying Chan
14 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I particularly like this Chan as the first in which Tommy and Birmingham become partners in crime (pun intended). Notice Tommy reaching around and holding Birmingham's hand - there's real affection and togetherness there, although Birmingham doesn't necessarily want to follow Tommy. Are the plot twists nutty? Of course, it's a B movie, not Citizen Freakin' Kane, folks. They were making four of these a year - what do you want? Toler's Chan is more assertive than Oland - Toler orders the bank president around more than once. There's far less of Birmingham popping his eyes out in this one, and fewer 'feets don't fail me now' talk. Tommy seems destined for trouble, but otherwise this episode plays it straighter than some, more humorous Chans.

IF more people took these films for what they are - and not compare them to The Third Man - they might find themselves having a little more fun in life.


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