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Director:
Writers:
George Callahan (screenplay) &
George Wallace Sayre (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
29 September 1945 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Charlie Chan at his best in his most thrilling adventure!
Plot:
Someone is attempting to steal radium stored in a bank. Death by cobra venom connects a number of murders. Charlie investigates. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sidney Toler ... Charlie Chan
Mantan Moreland ... Birmingham Brown
Benson Fong ... Tommy Chan
James Cardwell ... Ned Stewart
Joan Barclay ... Paula Webb
Addison Richards ... John Adams
Arthur Loft ... Bradford Harris
Janet Warren ... Record Machine Operator
Gene Roth ... Morgan (as Gene Stutenroth)
Joe Devlin ... Taylor
James Flavin ... H.R. Jarvis
Roy Gordon ... Walter Fletcher
Walter Fenner ... Police Inspector Harry Davis
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andy Andrews ... Patrolman Outside Joe's (uncredited)
George Chandler ... Joe, Coffee Shop Owner (uncredited)
Cyril Delevanti ... Detective Larkin (uncredited)
John Goldsworthy ... Inspector Mainwaring (uncredited)
Stephen Gregory ... Samuel Black (uncredited)
Karen Knight ... Switchboard Supervisor (uncredited)
Mary Moore ... Rita, Laundry Clerk (uncredited)
Paul Newlan ... Big Bank Guard (uncredited)
Diane Quillan ... Phone Operator (uncredited)
Bob Reeves ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Jack Richardson ... Letter Carrier (uncredited)
William Ruhl ... Mr. Grey (uncredited)

Directed by
Phil Karlson 
 
Writing credits
George Callahan (screenplay) &
George Wallace Sayre (screenplay)

George Callahan (original story)

Earl Derr Biggers (characters)

Produced by
James S. Burkett .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Vincent J. Farrar  (as Vincent Farrar)
 
Film Editing by
Ace Herman 
 
Art Direction by
Dave Milton (uncredited)
 
Set Decoration by
Vin Taylor (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Glenn Cook .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eddie Davis .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Tom Lambert .... sound recordist
 
Visual Effects by
Mario Castegnaro .... transparency shots (uncredited)
Ray Mercer .... photographic effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Al Nicklin .... second camera operator (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Edward J. Kay .... musical director
William A. Wilmarth .... music mixer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Ron Ormond .... technical director (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Charlie Chan in the Shanghai Cobra" - USA (informal title)
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Runtime:
64 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
USA:Approved (Certificate #10989)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The thirty-fourth of forty-seven Charlie Chan movies.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: A building supposedly located in Washington, D.C. has the California state flag flying from its flagpole.See more »
Quotes:
Charlie Chan:Too many hands sometime spoil pudding.See more »

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Unfinished Business, 22 March 2009
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Back in the days before the American entry into World War II, Sidney Toler as Charlie Chan had occasion to arrest a man accused of a nasty string of killings involving use of cobra venom. That individual escaped. But when in America just post World War II, the same modus operandi turns up in a string of homicides in the same urban vicinity, Toler knows its The Shanghai Cobra at work again.

Toler's hunt for The Shanghai Cobra now involves him in a case where the Feds have a serious interest. The Cobra plans to steal some radium stored in a bank vault for the usual nefarious purposes. With the questionable help of Number 3 son Benson Fong and chauffeur Mantan Moreland, Charlie of course solves the mystery. Not without a few twists in it, like a jukebox with a television camera inside it. Television development was put on hold during the war years and it was still an object of wonder to the public. Also of course the ways The Shanghai Cobra does deliver death is interesting.

One thing though did bother me. You would think that such a man might seek an alternative type poison, lest his work attract the attention of people like Charlie Chan. Cobra venom poison is kind of unique in America, even today.

In any event though, The Shanghai Cobra is not a bad mystery and it is that because you will be crossed up in the end if you think you've identified The Shanghai Cobra.

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